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What's the difference between Stratus and SXAR1?

Sep 27, 2016

The recently-announced SiriusXM Aviation Receiver (or SXAR1) offers pilots flying with the ForeFlight app an exciting new option for in-flight weather. We've been getting a lot of questions at Sporty's about how it compares to the existing option, the Stratus 2S. We've also been asked if pilots can use both devices at the same time. We went flying to find out.

 

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10 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Does the X-Naut iPad Cooling Mount Really Work?

Sep 14, 2016

The X-Naut Case has attracted a lot of attention since it was introduced this summer. This custom-made case for the iPad features built-in fans and a vented back to keep your iPad from overheating. It looks great, but does it really work? We tested it to find out.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

The three rules for dealing with airplane breakdowns away from home

Aug 24, 2016

If you're traveling by GA airplane, there's nothing worse than experiencing a breakdown away from home. You'll probably be stuck somewhere you don't want to be, dependent on strangers, and completely outside your comfort zone. If you're not careful, you can wind up getting stuck for days or weeks and wasting thousands of dollars

Fortunately, Sporty's can help you avoid such predicaments.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Lightspeed Upgrades Tango Headset

Aug 17, 2016

Enhanced charging options for popular wireless headset

Lightspeed introduced their Tango headset in late 2015, the first wireless headset from a major aviation company. Since then, thousands of pilots have enjoyed the freedom of going wireless without sacrificing performance. Just turn on the headset and fly.

But Lightspeed isn't standing still. The company is known for their innovation, always improving their products in response to pilot feedback, and the Tango is no exception. This week, they announced some upgrades to the Tango that should make it even more convenient in the cockpit.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Takeoff app - why go pro?

Aug 8, 2016

We introduced our Takeoff app six weeks ago, with the goal of making it fun and easy to keep your flying skills sharp. Thousands of pilots are now using the app, which offers a daily selection of video tips, thought-provoking articles, popular aviation podcasts, beautiful flying photos and news from around the world. While it's free to use Takeoff, there is a Pro subscription level that offers some nice benefits. Here's what you get.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Introducing the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) into Sporty's Courses

Jun 15, 2016

The new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) go into effect today, replacing the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for Private Pilot Airplane and Instrument Rating Airplane knowledge and practical tests. We've been working with others in the industry to make sure the ACS transition goes smoothly, and Sporty's award-winning courses are ready.Read More
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First look at Sporty's Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC)

Jun 9, 2016

Sporty’s has developed a fresh new option for flight instructors looking to renew their CFI certificate, using a modern online learning system to deliver innovative content. Sporty’s eFIRC will get you up to speed with the latest technology and new developments from the FAA, vastly improving your teaching skills. Let’s take a look at some of the unique features.

 

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2 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

First look at Sporty's new Takeoff app

May 17, 2016

The hottest new app in aviation is Takeoff, a curated collection of videos, articles, podcasts and news for active pilots. New content is added every day, making it a fun and easy way to get your daily aviation fix. Takeoff is easy to use, but there's actually a lot going on behind the scenes, so let's take a look at some of the unique features.

 

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Breakdown Assistance Program in action - how does it work?

May 12, 2016

Sporty's new Breakdown Assistance Program, powered by the experts at Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, has been getting a lot of attention lately. This affordable service, sort of like AAA for airplanes, is your 24/7 partner when things go wrong with your airplane away from home. With a single phone call to the toll-free hotline, you get immediate access to Mike Busch’s team of knowledgeable and seasoned A&P/IA mechanics.

How does this program work in the real world? We recently heard from a satisfied Breakdown Assistance client, who shared this story.

 

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David Clark ONE-X Flight Test

May 2, 2016

David Clark recently introduced the ONE-X headset. At $895, it is the most expensive headset that the green dome company has ever released. We’ve been getting lots of inquiries from pilots wanting to know if this is the next big thing. So we took it up for a test flight. I know, tough gig, right?

 

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