Selecting Online Ground School.
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I couldn't find any recent posts on this topic.  Does anyone have an online ground school they really liked or disliked?

A few I've looked at:  

sporty's - https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/learn-to-fly-course-online-private-pilot-test-prep.html. **Seems ok, but pretty dry***
fly8ma - https://fly8ma.com **I did the free version and it was enjoyable**
thefinerpoints - https://www.getgroundschool.com - **brand new, from Jason Miller - I like his podcasts and explanations of things**

Thanks!
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It's pretty much up to you to determine whether that system fits well with your learning style.  Sporty's, King, and Jeppesen all have excellent complete ground school courses.  Make sure you're getting a complete ground school, not just a "test prep" course which merely teaches you the answers to the written test questions, like Sheppard Air. Those test prep courses are great for practicing for the test after you have learned all the material, but they won't teach you the base material.  Another thing you want to look for is whether they give you the necessary endorsement to take the written test upon successful completion of the course.
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I recently got interested in aviation and started looking at online ground schools. I ended up buying Sporty's and it felt incomplete to the point that some of the Youtube courses I found felt more detailed in certain areas and introduced material I did not get exposure to via Sporty's. After doing some additional research, I ended up finding Pilot Institute and have been pretty pleased with it thus far. The lessons are bite-sized (2-5 minute videos) and feel a lot more detailed and complete than other resources I was able to find. I still supplement with Youtube videos, but feel the Youtube videos are reinforcing what I'm learning, not introducing new concepts. I can't compare it to King, Jeppesen, Fly8MA or The Finer Points (I really enjoy his Youtube videos), but I have been very satisfied with Pilot Institute thus far.  As a data point, Sporty's advertises "over 15 hours" of content, but Pilot Institute has 35 hours - which is more info than I'll need to pass the written test, but I'll feel better equipped as a pilot.

Some resources I have found helpful thus far:
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ASA sells a lot of their online programs, if my monthly royalty checks are any guide. www.asa2fly.com.

Bob Gardner
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I used Sporty's Instrument online course a bit over two years ago and barely passed the written - but I DID pass. When I started taking the practice tests, I recall sometimes wondering if the questions were covered in the course. Life got in the way with two moves and a debilitating injury, so I didn't get the check ride within two year window after passing the written. My health has improved and I'm once again thinking Instrument rating. I fired up the Sporty's course recently and noticed that there have been some content updates.

I chatted with a fellow pilot who just passed his Instrument written using the KIng online course. He also has the Sporty's course and he told me that he felt the King course better prepared him not only for the test but for beginning the flight part of his Instrument training. Every person's experience will differ.

The practice test questions all come from an FAA data base, so those are going to be standard in any credible course. I hope the FAA reviews the test questions, gets rid of poorly written or unclear ones, and adds questions with relevance to EFB and other current practices.

I'll probably buy access to the King course, but I need to check first to see if AOPA members get a discount.