King vs. Sporty's vs. Gleim Online Ground School?

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by CC268, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. CC268

    CC268 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2015
    Messages:
    5,530

    Display name:
    CC268
    Hey guys,

    Between these three choices - do you guys have any preference for online ground school?

    I am currently on the journey of getting my PPL (just starting).

    Sounds like a lot of people find King to be annoying and Sporty's to be very boring so I am thinking maybe Gleim?
     
  2. dstrw11

    dstrw11 Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    Messages:
    17
    Location:
    Garner, NC

    Display name:
    dstrw11
    I used Gleim but it really is more geared toward getting you ready for the written by exposing you to the questions you are going to see on the test. I got a good grade on the written but once I started getting ready for my check ride, I realized I needed to go back and spend more time with the FAR/AIM as I wasn't as prepared for the oral as I needed to be. Gleim does allow you to try a free preview so you can get an idea of what it's like.
     
  3. James331

    James331 Ejection Handle Pulled

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2014
    Messages:
    20,310

    Display name:
    James331
    Think we just had this discussion.

    King.

    I've used them extensively, had quite a few of my students use them, never had a written or oral failed, which is what it trains you for.
     
  4. Shawn

    Shawn En-Route

    Joined:
    May 6, 2013
    Messages:
    4,138
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Display name:
    Shawn
    Gleim came with my PPL course...I ended up buying King on my own. All depends how you learn. Gleim is read, memorize and regurgitate. King is video format with a bit more context.

    I am a visual learner who needs to be shown what to do for it to stick. I am not one that can just read to figure it out and have it click which is why personally King was much more effective for me over Gleim...but everyone learns differently.
     
  5. falconkidding

    falconkidding Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2014
    Messages:
    700
    Location:
    great white north

    Display name:
    Falcon Kidding
    Gliem is cheap and fast take a day to burn though it and you'll pass the written easy.
     
  6. White Bird

    White Bird Pre-Flight

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2013
    Messages:
    99

    Display name:
    White Bird
    Definitely King
     
  7. CC268

    CC268 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2015
    Messages:
    5,530

    Display name:
    CC268
    This is how I am - I am not very quick at reading things either...thinking King would be better for my style of learning.
     
  8. oregonboy109

    oregonboy109 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    May 28, 2013
    Messages:
    646

    Display name:
    oregonboy109
    I liked the Sportys online course along with the study-buddy app. They do a good job with the videos and diagrams.
     
  9. CC268

    CC268 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2015
    Messages:
    5,530

    Display name:
    CC268
    Overall it kind of sounds like I can't really go wrong with any of them.
     
  10. Jaybird180

    Jaybird180 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Messages:
    8,972
    Location:
    Near DC

    Display name:
    Jaybird180
    King for learning, Gleim for testing.
     
  11. bobmrg

    bobmrg En-Route PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    3,183

    Display name:
    Bob Gardner

    Have you looked at ASA's? www.asa2fly.com.

    Bob Gardner
     
  12. CC268

    CC268 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2015
    Messages:
    5,530

    Display name:
    CC268
    I haven't - guess I can add them to the list haha
     
  13. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    19,680
    Location:
    Denton, TX

    Display name:
    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    See my comments in your other thread.

    From www.asa2fly.com look for "The Complete Pilot" series and "Say Again Please...?" Both are good references for the beginning student pilot.
     
  14. Shawn

    Shawn En-Route

    Joined:
    May 6, 2013
    Messages:
    4,138
    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Display name:
    Shawn
    Having used both, this is an accurate description.
     
  15. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    19,680
    Location:
    Denton, TX

    Display name:
    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    Until it's time for instrument, the. You switch in SheppardAir for Gleim.
     
  16. Ravioli

    Ravioli Ejection Handle Pulled PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2014
    Messages:
    8,024
    Location:
    Somewhere else

    Display name:
    Unwanted Guest - Perma-ban Pending
    Now that were adding to the selection.... Dauntless.
     
  17. timwinters

    timwinters Ejection Handle Pulled

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2008
    Messages:
    13,737
    Location:
    Conway, MO

    Display name:
    LTD
    I guess I'm the outlier. I borrowed a couple of the videos when working on my private and really didn't like them, they put me to sleep, so I used the ASA books for both my private and instrument and found them to be more than adequate. I did just fine on both tests, and it's far cheaper.

    I also practiced for my instrument test using Kips (now known as www.exams4pilots.com )
     
  18. Jim_CAK

    Jim_CAK Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Messages:
    530
    Location:
    Akron, Ohio

    Display name:
    Jim_CAK
    Disclaimer - It has been 15 years since I used any of these.
    I bought the King course for my private. I misunderstood what it was when I bought it. It is (or was at that time) taylored to pass the written. I was looking for more of a ground school that was a supplement to flying. It turned out to be very good for the written - but was not what I expected. When I did my IFR rating I got the Sportys course. It was more like a "how to fly IFR" than a consentrated course on passing the writte. When it came time to take the IFR written, I bought the Gliem book and did very well.

    I think there are different King courses now. Just make sure you understand if they are more geard toward test prep vs. general ground school topics.

    Good luck on getting your PPL
     
  19. TK211X

    TK211X Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2015
    Messages:
    325
    Location:
    Tampa

    Display name:
    Him
    I'd go with king all the way. They give you your sign-off for the written and really prepare you for the check-ride. ASA is a good study buddy for finishing touches.
     
  20. Gucci Pilot

    Gucci Pilot Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2014
    Messages:
    2,067

    Display name:
    Gucci Pilot
    I feel like this question gets asked a few times every month. I am a visual learner so I went with the King course and it worked for me.

    If you buy the basic package then yes it is just for the written. If you buy one of the bigger packages you get a lot more content that expands beyond just the written test.
     
  21. StinkBug

    StinkBug Cleared for Takeoff

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2014
    Messages:
    1,440
    Location:
    San Diego

    Display name:
    Dallas
    FYI King has a 20% off special going right now if you call in. I think today is the last day.
     
  22. StuTheDog

    StuTheDog Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2015
    Messages:
    2

    Display name:
    Stu
    Slightly different needs here:

    I am PPL with Instrument ticket and nearly 1000 hrs but have been out of aviation for 25 years. Getting close to retirement and looking to buy or build, but first need to get back into the game.

    I'm pretty sure I can get into virtually any SEL piston plane and successfully takeoff and land without any assistance.

    But navigate or traverse through controlled airspace, that's a different problem! Glass panel? What's that? :confused:

    So I would like to find an online course that can provide good ground school refreshment, particularly on the FARs, so I can get up to speed. I don't need basics, or rather, would prefer a course that is more technical and geared less towards the minimum required to pass the written/oral.
     
  23. mscard88

    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2015
    Messages:
    23,226
    Location:
    Alabama

    Display name:
    Mark
    AOPA has a number of free courses that may satisfy what you're seeking. I did a Gleim refresher course awhile back, Flight Review something, and it was pretty good.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2015
  24. StuTheDog

    StuTheDog Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2015
    Messages:
    2

    Display name:
    Stu
    Thank you @mscard88
     
  25. mscard88

    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2015
    Messages:
    23,226
    Location:
    Alabama

    Display name:
    Mark
    You're welcome! :yesnod:
     
  26. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    19,680
    Location:
    Denton, TX

    Display name:
    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    Welcome to PoA!!!

    In addition to the items already suggested, get a copy of the Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (known here as the PHAK) either in print or download the PDF file. The 2nd half of the manual is what will be of interest to you

    Chapter 11: Weather Theory
    Chapter 12: Aviation Weather Services
    Chapter 13: Airport Operations
    Chapter 14: Airspace
    Chapter 15: Navigation
    Chapter 16: Aeromedical Factors
    Chapter 17: Aeronautical Decision-Making
    Appendix 1, Runway Incursion Avoidance

    This should provide a good foundation. Then getting with a good instructor for a flight review to review these information on the ground and start connecting some dots in the air should bring you back up to fill RPM's within a reasonable time.

    Then go do some simple cross countries using VFR Flight Following. This will aid in sharpening not only the flying skills, but also radio comms, navigation, and more.

    And as someone already rated for IFR flight, you'll need an Instrument Proficiency Check. Reviewing the details found in the Instrument Practical Test Standards, the Instrument Flying Handbook, and the Instrument Procedures Handbook should bring you back up to speed for this rating.


    And where are you? Perhaps we might have another PoA member close to you that would be willing to take you flying and or another willing to be a right seat safety pilot.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2015
    skypeace likes this.