The Backseat Pilot Reviews

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Based on 128 reviews
Time Saver

Lessons are very in depth. You can highlight pertinent information and the if you are asked to explain further, all of the information is on the page.

Great customer service! Update to previous review

Based on the comment in my previous review that the card I received had black smudges, I got a prompt response indicating that they would replace the one I received. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a way for me to revise my previous review, but I really appreciate the great service!

Great idea but not great quality

I love the concept and the information on the card, but mine arrived with black smudges making parts of it unreadable. At least it wasn’t overly expensive.

Hey Brian, even though the reference card wasn't overly expensive, it still should show up new and usable! I'll have a new card in the mail for you today. We make a point to check each of the cards before shipping so I'm not sure where the smudges came from, but if you have any issues in the future shoot a quick email over to and we'll take care of it!

CFII Lesson Plans

Pretty good

Well worth the money. There are some spelling issues throughout but a quick look over will make it good. They are lacking pictures but not bad for the money

Great Product!

Awesome product and a must have for new CFI applicants. Everything you could possibly want to know is laid out in an easy to view format, making it easy to teach.

The Whole Shebang - All CFI & ACS Lessons & The BSP: IFR/VFR Reference Card

The Whole Shebang - All CFI & ACS Lessons & The BSP: IFR/VFR Reference Card

Good but some tweaking required

The lesson plans are filled with some really good information. However, pictures to show the students will need to be pulled from other sources and implemented directly into the lesson plans. Also do not try downloading onto an IPad as I had issues but downloading directly to a laptop or desktop works just fine.

Thank you lots of help

Let you know more after oral

Additional Aircraft

Well done! My only critique is the Lesson Plans are based off of DA-20. You pretty much have to start over on the Aircraft Specific Lesson Plans if using something other than DA-20 when using different aircraft. Having the flexibility to choose different GA Aircraft would take your service offering to the next level.

Very informative and organized. Will use for future creation of my own lesson plans whilst referencing this. Thank you.

The Whole Shebang - All CFI & ACS Lessons & The BSP: IFR/VFR Reference Card

Great resource to start

It has worked well so far, giving me a good framework on which to build. Having editable documents allows easy editing and plenty of room for personal notes and updates. Thank you!


Definityely worth it. Help use it to make a few of your own but no need to remake the wheel.

CFI Lesson plans

Working on a CFI rating and these lesson plans are well done - better than the ones I was creating. Definitely worth it.

Great Starting Point!

Very solid material that should serve as a great starting point for any CFI candidate working on putting together their training materials.


Thorough information but really out of date. Flight Watch went away 4 years ago and is still listed.

Thanks for the info Hahn. We found and removed the references to Flight Watch that got left behind. Fly safe!

CFI Lesson Plans

The BSP: Holds - Reference Card

Private Pilot ACS Review

Nearly perfect

I absolutely love these. I printed them out an had them spiral bound so I can teach off of them more effectively. The ONE thing I would recomend to the developers is anywhere that is aircraft specific (ie diamond aircraft) make some kind of marking so we can adapt them to the aircraft we use. My school house uses pipers and I spent alot of time adjusting to meet my aircraft. I would never expect them to make it perfect to every aircraft, however, a simple marking could save me alot of time in searching.

Love the idea, Nathaniel. It's in the works! Thanks
Great, with one suggested improvement

I'm a fan of BSP products - always have been. The VFR and IFR cards are laid out well, easy to follow, and provide pilots with necessary information in an easy format.

I would suggest that the card be re-sized to follow standard approach-chart size, which would also allow it to fit into a chart protector sleeve. The card itself could also be elongated slightly and then have holes for insertion into common kneeboards.