Need some help choosing an online ground school

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by vkumar, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. DougA

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    Surprised not too many Sporty's votes here. I like their content - seems more up to date. Kings, while good too, just feels like it was recorded years ago.
     
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    I tried Sporty's too. They're good, but I just couldn't get into their course. I have nothing bad to say about their content or their courses. I know others that have had great success with them.

    With King, yes a lot of their stuff was filmed years ago. It always messed with me watching one lesson taught by 30 year old Martha and then the next lesson taught by 45 year old Martha and then back to 30 year old Martha, and then jump to 60 year old Martha. It just screwed with my brain lol. But, the content filmed years ago hasn't changed. If it isn't broken, why fix it, right?
     
  3. Bulldog573

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    I enjoyed Sportys, but never got passionately involved with their material. I found the Jeppesen book to be very helpful. When it came to crunch time, I enrolled with Gold Seal, spent a Saturday and Sunday locked in my basement, and just focused. Missed one question on the private written, and felt like I had a new understanding of some material that had been eluding me.

    I would like to try King for the instrument course, not big into cheese (unless I create it), but I rarely hear anything bad about their content.
     
  4. Duane Johnson

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    I used the sporty's kit. Came with all the books, online videos, online test prep, and you get your endorsement right from the app. For the $$ I'd say it was a bargain. ALSO, as part of the app, there was a lightspeed offer to try a lightspeed sierra at $50 a month with the ability to return it after or buy it at a reduced cost. So I've been doing my PPL training with a nice ANR headset instead of an inexpensive PNR.
     
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    After a 20 year hiatus I started flying again. I had my private. Was working on my IFR cert at that time. I got my sign off recently and am flying again. I am the type of person that if I’m not learning I’m gettifn dumber. So I have decided to restart my IFR training. Basically starting from scratch. I did amazingly find my old IFR/Commercial manual from Jepp. from 1999. My plan was to re-read the old book then purchase the King school program for my written. My thinking is that the old book still has a lot of great information that will help me hit the King program with a running start.
    Good idea or bad idea?
    About 1/3 way through I’m concerned it might be a mistake. Too many references about how GPS will be the future. The book references equipment we don’t even have like an ADF.
    I’m I setting up for a lot of relearning?
    Any advice out there??
     
  6. mscard88

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  7. Steve Kanefsky

    Steve Kanefsky Pre-Flight

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    I used both King Schools and Sporty's and agree with many others that the King Schools material is much more engaging. I had trouble watching the Sporty's material without falling asleep. I started with King and then switched to Sporty's and then ended up going back to King and finishing up there. I just took my test yesterday and got 98%.

    I would also agree that the King Schools Ground School & Test Prep course is very focused on test prep, whereas the Sporty's class is more comprehensive. But that's not really a fair comparison since the King Test Prep course is just one of many courses you get depending on which bundle you buy. My bundle included many other courses that aren't focused on test prep like "VFR Cross-Country Flying", "Taming Stalls & Spins", "Takeoffs and Landings Made Easy", "Pilot Communications", etc. There's also a great one called "Private Pilot Practical Test" where you get to sit through an entire practical test with John and a real Designated Pilot Examiner.

    I would also recommend to everyone that they order a copy of the actual test supplement from Sporty's or wherever. It's only about $8.50 and will give you the exact supplement that you'll be using in the actual test to practice with. That's better than practicing on a sectional chart and better than trying to work off the figures on the screen since in many cases you'll need to find angles and distances or values on a graph which is hard to do with the on-screen figures (plus it's annoying to keep opening the figures in new browser tabs and flip back and forth).
     
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