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We’d Like to

Meet you

We’d like to meet you and have you meet us. We meet at: 
7:00 pm

the fourth Wednesday of every month
McClure Auditorium
Sarasota Bradenton Airport

We also get together at our social events.  See our Social Events page for more details.

Young Eagles

For more than 10 years we in Chapter 180 have been giving young people their very first ride in an airplane.  If you or a youngster you know wants to experience the thrill, spectacle and beauty of flying for the first time visit our Young Eagles page and find out all about how.

HomeY/E Sporty's Online Learn to Fly Course

Sporty's Online
Pilot Training Course

Young Eagles are Eligible for Free Online Course: Learn to Fly
Coupled with a free aircraft flight through the EAA Young Eagles program is a free online course that will prepare Young Eagles to learn how to fly.

 20,000 Young Eagles have now enrolled in the online Sporty's Learn to Fly Course.
 Sporty's and EAA Young Eagles have reached a new milestone in their joint efforts to advance aviation.   This course is a key component of the EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan for youth who are ages 8-17 to further engage in aviation and progress along the path to flight.    For those not enrolled in the EAA Young Eagles Program, this online course costs $199.00.
EAA will also reimburse Young Eagles $150 for the cost of taking the FAA written exam when they pass.
Plus, when the Young Eagle completes the first three volumes of the Sporty's Online course, she/he will receive a voucher for a free flight lesson at a local flight school.
Here is more information about the free Sporty's Online Learn to Fly Course :

1 Course

The world standard in flight training

For the cost of a single flight lesson, Sporty’s Learn to Fly course will save you hours of time in the air and hundreds of dollars. This is not a weekend “cram course” or a boring ground school class on video. It is a comprehensive home study course that includes ground school, test prep and flight training. You’ll pass all your tests (we guarantee that), but you’ll also have more fun learning to fly and be a better pilot after you earn your license.

We operate our own flight school at Sporty’s, so we know your time and money are precious. Invest in a course that saves you both. There is nothing extra to buy – just add flight instructor!

3 Test Guarantees

Pass your written, oral and flight tests or get your money back

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is much more than just written test prep. We take you into the airplane to show you what flying is really like, so you’re prepared for the checkride and for real world flying after you have your license. Our course is so complete, we guarantee you will pass all three tests required to earn your license: the written, oral and flight tests. If you don’t, we’ll give you your money back. It’s as simple as that.

3 Certificates Included

Only Sporty’s includes the Sport, Recreational and Private licenses

Our Learn to Fly Course is really three courses in one – you choose the license that makes sense for you. Get started with your training and progress toward your first solo, the critical first step for everyone. Then choose the Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot track – it’s all here! Plus, experience has shown that students learn most effectively when the training process is divided into manageable steps. So each module builds on the previous one, creating a building-block approach that saves you time and money.

3 Convenient Formats

Study anywhere, anytime – on DVD, online or on iPad

Your time is valuable, so we offer our complete course in a variety of formats to suit different needs. Every feature of our complete course is available in each of the three formats, so you can study on your TV, Mac, PC, iPad or iPhone. No complicated software to install – it just works!

Exclusive Features:

  • Triple Guarantee means you’ll pass all three tests to earn your license or we’ll refund your money in full. 
  • Award-winning video shot in and around airplanes – not a classroom.
  • Incredible 3D animations explain complicated subjects.
  • Air Facts segments with legendary author Richard L. Collins.
  • Written Test Endorsement available right from the course.
  • Practical Test Standards Study Guide cross-referenced to the video.
  • Training Course Outline offers a complete, lesson-by-lesson syllabus.
  • Modular approach includes Sport, Recreational and Private materials.
  • Earn FAA WINGS credit and save on your insurance.
  • Always up to date video means you learn the latest information.

Online Course Features:

  • All-new design uses the latest HTML5 technology
  • Works anywhere you have a web browser
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac and iPad
  • No Software to install – just sign in

More Info:

Fly at Sporty’s Academy

Stop dreaming and start flying at Sporty’s world headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The same experienced, professional instructors that bring you Sporty’s award-winning pilot training courses on DVD or online are available to fly with you at the renowned Sporty’s Academy Flight Training Center – Clermont County Airport (I69). Whether you want to enroll in a training course to earn a pilot certificate or simply take a flight, Sporty’s Academy is here to serve your aviation needs in a fleet of impeccably maintained aircraft. or email