Redbird Pilot Proficiency Challenge

Win the Ultimate Home Proficiency Kit

Train with Redbird Pro for 90 days, improve your aviation skills, and you'll be entered automatically to win a Redbird TD2 and accessories valued at up to $12,520.

Take the Next Step in Your Pilot Proficiency Training

Pilots* who have an active subscription to Redbird Pro and complete any activity in the app during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 will be entered automatically into a challenge to see which pilot can improve the most in 90 days. The pilot who shows the most improvement in their Pro Score will win the ultimate home proficiency setup consisting of an FAA-approved Redbird TD2 with a Horizon monitor expansion kit, Alloy RD1 rudder pedals, and a TD Table. The second-place pilot will win a Redbird Alloy Home Flight Simulator Kit, and the third-place pilot will receive a free one-year subscription to Redbird Pro. (Terms & Conditions

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What Is Redbird Pro?

Download Redbird Pro

Download the Redbird Pro app from the App Store or Google Play Store. Sign up for an account and start your 30-day free trial. You must be 18 years old and have a student pilot certificate or higher to enter. Other conditions apply.

Complete an Activity in the Redbird Pro App

You'll be entered automatically into the challenge by completing at least one activity in the Redbird Pro app — an article, quiz, scenario flight, or skill flight — between 9 a.m. Central Time on July 25, 2022 and 4 p.m. Central Time on July 31, 2022.

Use Redbird Pro To Improve and Track Your Proficiency

Redbird Pro puts personalized proficiency planning, training, and tracking right in your pocket to make becoming a better pilot an achievable and enjoyable part of your daily routine.

See How You Stack Up on the Leaderboard

We will publish a live Redbird Pilot Proficiency Challenge leaderboard early in August. Check it frequently to see how you're doing relative to other participants. Remember, this challenge is about improvement, not who's the best pilot. Just keep working to become better, and you'll be in the running.

Winners Will Be Announced on November 1, 2022

The pilot who shows the greatest positive point change from their Pro Score at 4 p.m. Central Time on July 31, 2022, and their Pro Score at 4 p.m. Central Time on October 29, 2022, will be the first-place winner. Additionally, there will be prizes for second and third place.

Redbird Pilot Proficiency Challenge

Prize Packages

The three pilots who show the most improvement over 90 days will be selected to win*:

1st Place

Ultimate Home Proficiency Kit

  • Redbird TD2 with a glass or analog instrument panel
  • Horizon monitor expansion kit
  • Redbird Alloy RD1 rudder pedals
  • Redbird TD Table
  • Free one-year subscription to Redbird Pro
  • This sim configuration is an FAA-approved Basic Aviation Training Device that allows you to maintain instrument currency from home.
  • Total value (including shipping) up to: $12,520.00
2nd Place

Alloy Home Flight Simulator Kit

3rd Place

Redbird Pro Subscription

  • Free one-year subscription to Redbird Pro
  • Total value up to: $199.99

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter?
  • You must be 18 years or older on July 31, 2022 with a student pilot certificate (or a higher airman certificate) to be eligible for the Redbird Pilot Proficiency Challenge. 
  • You must complete at least one activity in the Redbird Pro app – an article, quiz, scenario flight, or skill flight – between 9 a.m. Central Time on July 25, 2022 and 4 p.m. Central Time on July, 31, 2022.
  • Users located in a country under a current U.S. embargo or listed as a sanctioned destination are not eligible. 
  • Redbird Flight employees, vendors, or contractors are not eligible.
Do I need to be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to enter?

Nope. You can enter by completing an activity in Redbird Pro from your home — or anywhere, really. We're just using the show start and end times to define the entry window. #OSH22

How are the winners selected?
  • We will take a snapshot of the Pro Score of each eligible user at 4 p.m. on July 31, 2022. The user who shows the greatest positive point change from their Pro Score at 4 p.m. Central Time on July 31, 2022 and their Pro Score at 4 p.m. Central Time on October 29, 2022 will be the winner.
  • We will use the same criteria to select the second- and third-place winners. 
  • All winners must have a valid, paid subscription to Redbird Pro for the duration of the event. Users that are on a free trial during the entry window (July 25–July 31, 2022) are still eligible to win, assuming they continue their paid subscription after the trial ends.
  • If a user is found to be abusing a loophole in the Pro Score algorithm — and/or logging an unreasonable number of External Events in an attempt to boost their Pro Score — they will be disqualified from the proficiency challenge. Enforcement of this rule will be at the sole discretion of Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc. 
  • If a user's subscription expires during the event, but the user resubscribes within a 14-day window, they will still be eligible to win.
Do I need access to a Redbird flight simulator?

No! You can still review scenarios and watch the chair flight videos, read articles, take quizzes, and log the flights and training activities you do outside the app. However, the sim is a great place to practice and learn. So, we encourage you to use it! You can find a flight school in most parts of the U.S. and many locations worldwide that will rent you time on a Redbird.

Why do I need a pilot certificate to enter?

Redbird Pro is designed to help pilots maintain and improve their proficiency. It really isn’t built to teach someone to fly. We have a product, Redbird GIFT, that helps you learn the skills you need for your private pilot certificate or instrument rating. We’d love to have you as a Redbird Pro user once you get the basics down.

Will my personal information be shared with anyone?

No, your personal information will not be shared with anyone other than what’s explained in the standard app terms and our privacy policy. Your attorney would ask that you read them, but I’ll summarize: Redbird and a few of our vendors need access to your data to make the app and all the services available to you. If you’ve allowed us to, we might send you some marketing emails from time to time. Otherwise, your data doesn’t go anywhere, and we will definitely not sell it or do any shady advertising stuff with it. We will publish a Challenge Leaderboard that will show which pilots are in the lead at any given time. We will use your first name and last initial so you can see if you’re in the running. The leaderboard will only show the point change or delta in the Pro Score, not the actual score. No one will be able to see if you're a good pilot or not; they will  just see that “John D” is in the lead with XX delta over baseline. If you’d prefer to use a different username on the leaderboard, send us an email at pro@redbirdflight.com

Does this challenge cost money to enter?

A careful attorney would say no, since technically you don’t pay anything to enter into the Redbird Pilot Proficiency Challenge, but a normal human would say yes. You’ll need to have a subscription to Redbird Pro. Plus, you’ll need to pay for simulator time, airplane time, and instructor time. Unfortunately, flying airplanes costs money, especially if you want to be good at it. Ideally, it’s money well spent, and you’ll enjoy yourself while participating in the challenge.

If I don’t win, can I get a refund?

Negative, Ghost Rider. Your subscription to Redbird Pro pays for access to the content and technology behind the app. We’ve got bills to pay. If life gets in the way and you’re unable to dedicate time to flying, that is totally understandable. We would recommend cancelling your subscription to avoid paying for something you’re not able to use.

Can someone game the competition?

The best way to “game” the Proficiency Challenge is to spend a lot of time flying airplanes and simulators, reading articles, taking quizzes, and attending safety seminars. We highly recommend devising a strategy to outwit us by doing these things. Other methods are going to be extremely obvious, and they will result in disqualification and the painful social stigma that goes along with abusing the rules of a competition that was clearly designed to help motivate people to pursue their passion and improve. So, whatever you’re thinking about trying, we’re watching for it.

What if I’m disqualified and I don’t agree?

Please call 1-800-CHEATER and complain.

Can I get a refund if I’m disqualified?

Hahahahahaha. Nope. I’d suggest looking into a career in politics. Someone with your moral fiber should go far in that field.

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