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Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by Anymouse, Aug 16, 2018.
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I think you'll find a lot of answers similar to this one:
I’m a visual person so King works really well for me. I’m using Gleim books to prepare for my Commercial Practical. Very well written, but I honestly don’t learn nearly as well when reading.
Gleim is generally cheaper and a bit less polished (Black and white images and opposed to Glossy color), but has all the information you need. I really like the Gleim FAA online test prep. Not sure how it compares to King or Sporty’s.
I’m using Gold Seal. Pretty good. Started with the ASA book. Gold Seal is bringing it all together. Plus the owner is a POA’er.
I used Kings for my private and instrument. And would probably use them again for commercial. some of the slides and presentations are extremely cheesy, but if you want to actually understand the concepts I think they do a decent job. Never had a problem passing writtens or check rides using them
Grant you, I have heard nothing but good things about Shepherd (sp?)
I used king for all sorts of stuff as a student and have had my students use it, you really can’t go wrong with king.
I used king for my ppl, and sportys for my ir. Passed both first try, so there ya go!
Used gliem,nothing bad to say.
I think you haven't looked at Gleim in awhile. Their courses do have color images now, although probably not as many as others may have. Flight school at the airport sells the kits, so I see the current versions when a student purchases one.
Sporty’s or King seem to be best.
I'm just starting IFR training again and my instructor recommends Sporty's so that's what I'm going to get.
They have improved them, they are no longer printed on the brown newspaper. I was just making the point the aren't quite as polished as the other courses but are fully functional. I recommend Gleim course all the time.
If am looking for a good review of their Online Ground School compared the King and Sporty's. I suspect if you are looking for video's to educate you that King and Sporty's might be better and least for the Private Rating and somewhat the instrument.
Last time I reviewed commercial courses the video presentations were only OK. Seems like they don't sell as may commerical courses so they put less effort into them.
If you just want reference books and a good Online Test Prep. Then Gleim works well for that.
Sorry Bob. I made sure my fried added it to the title!
I used Gleim and I liked it, but I will be using Gold Seal for my next ratings.
I'm using Sporty's instrument course now. The videos are very well organized and make the material clear, and seem to be focused on making you a well-rounded IFR pilot. It includes practice tests, but not direct "this is how you pass the test" prep. The narrator is a bit on the polished side so it can be a bit dry, but it's not bad. I can't deal with the Kings. I demoed their course for about 10 minutes before I had too much.
One of the things I like about Sporty's is that it's cloud based and platform independent. I can log in from any connected PC and take the course on the web, or I can do it on my iPad. Can even download videos for offline viewing. At the time I purchased, that wasn't an option with any of the others.
This is my second pass at the test. The first time around I used Gleim test prep software and the newsprint book. After getting nowhere over several months I finally took a week off of work and made test prep my job for 40 hours. Got 2 wrong on the test, but that was 13 years ago and I only remember a little bit of what I learned then.
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I used the Sporty’s DVD course about 15 years ago. I also liked that it was not hard core written test prep. I still watch the DVD on approaches every so often.
Sporty's videos are like books on tape, would rather just read an actual book than listen to the narrator read to me in painful monotone.
I’m so nervous about passing my commercial written with a great score I got both ASA and King vid’s...so far it really does compliment one another.
Honestly, a lot of the video clips are probably from that same DVD set. When the information hasn't changed much, I guess there's no reason to spend the money to re-record it.
I like Gleim.
I used King for my IFR written on an iPad. Short digestible vids that you can breeze through and learn to understand easily. The way you can review test questions by category at the end and re-review ad-nauseum all the questions you ever got wrong in their 900+ question bank was IMO extremely helpful. Only got two wrong on my written, one of them because I’m an idiot. I probably did each of them 900 questions at least 20 times in the 10 days before my written.
Cheesy yes, but you actually start to enjoy watching them for that reason IMO.
Used King and Gleim for my private and instrument and commercial. Second time on commercial (after it expired) I used Sheppard Air.
I used King for both my PP and IR writtens. They work for me. YMMV. Of course, I also read several other sources while working on the writtens and flying, so I can't say that they did the trick totally for me, but they do cover the material you need to know.
I'm a new student pilot. Been reading the ASA Student pilot's handbook and now ready to select an online ground school. I've been told the Kings are dated a bit so I am leaning towards Sporty's. Decent reviews and a decent price. Got a tad under 5 hours of flight time and just starting this journey.
I'm trying to figure out which option myself.
I'm a 'pass the written' kind of guy. I think Sporty's isn't the best for that. As I said above. "Used King and Gleim for my private and instrument and commercial. Second time on commercial (after it expired) I used Sheppard Air." I think those are the best choices for just passing the written.
No mention of Dauntless? I used Dauntless Ground School, for my written PPL, and missed one question (98). I also purchased Sporty's learn to fly and concur with dmspilot boring monotone videos, the information is there but very boring. Tried the sample vids from the King's, almost bought theirs but felt like I was watching Sesame street. Another great resource not mentioned MzeroA, I have not purchased anything from them but the you tube videos they have out explain things clearly .
[QUOTE="Cptwing, post: 2594795, member: 33904"Tried the sample vids from the King's, almost bought theirs but felt like I was watching Sesame street. [/QUOTE]
They always remind me of creepy christian camp counselors, but I like your analogy too!
Just an update. Yes it has been like a year but I ended up going the Gleim route. Not the greatest interface but it did the job. I opted to pay a little more to get the extra test prep suite. They were pretty responsive when I had issues.
Got a descent grade, so mission accomplished.
Now I just need to worry about flying for now.
Glad you passed your written test, C-Par. A comprehensive ground school program covers more than just written test prep, though. It's probably helpful to recognize the distinction between a test prep program and a full ground school program.
Just started IR too and I got the Sporty's. So far, so good. I like the videos and the production quality is excellent. Content and narration, too. I used the Sporty's study buddy app (along with reading FAR/AIM, PHAK, AFH) and passed the PP written with a 98. Aced the practical, too.
I'm sure the others are good. But so far Sporty's is working well for me.
I would use the computer interactive course from Kings, to maximize learning as consise as possible, and I think it is worth the money though I haven't actually used that course, they had videos in my day.
Whatever you do, cover the material and do the practice questions.