I am pursuing my instrument rating and considering online courses to save time and money with a CFI as I sit at home. I see ads for Sporty's, Jeppeson, Gleim, Kings School, Fly8ma.com, and a host of others. Curious what the community has experienced. What's the best bang for the buck?
It depends on you. Everyone has their own best learning style, and the various courses have differing teaching styles. Some folks do best reading books, and for those I recommend Bob Gardner's Complete Advanced Pilot or Bill Kershner's Instrument Flight Manual (both widely available from internet booksellers). Some folks prefer an interactive computer training system, and there I recommend Jeppesen's Instrument Pilot Online. The King School program is more adapted for folks who like watching lectures on video, and Sporty's is a multimedia computer based training program. Finally, some folks need a good old-fashioned classroom environment with an instructor up front, and for those, many flight schools and local community colleges offer such courses, but that's probably not an option right now. So you have to think about how you learn best, and then select the program which best fits your learning style.
I used Kings for my IR and i really enjoyed the course.
Understood. I teach distance learning class. Your answer answers where I was going. Online courses emphasis difference platforms from video to animation to just text based. Appreciate the input.
thanks for your input. I've seen some of their products in the past. The Kings seem like fun.
For private I enrolled in several and completed each. I did Gleim, King and GoldSeal. I also did some of the MzeroA.com. I liked different parts of each. I did a precheckride course with angleofattack.com as well. I guess if I purchased only one I would probably go Goldseal, Gleim, kings in that order. I did not do angleofattack ground school but I do enjoy his teaching style.