Over the last four years, portable ADS-B receivers like the Stratus 2S have been one of aviation's most popular products - and for good reason. These affordable devices deliver an incredible amount of information to your iPad: subscription-free weather, ADS-B traffic, GPS position and backup attitude. These are certainly the most useful features, but there is more to Stratus than just weather and traffic. Here's a look at nine things you may not have noticed.Read More
Jul 21, 2017
Jul 21, 2017
Bose practically invented Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets in the 1990s, and since then they have remained the top-selling ANR headset brand in aviation. What makes their headsets so popular? In a word, balance. We just finished about three months of flight testing with the latest version of the A20, and found a satisfying mix of quiet, comfort, clarity and features. Here's our pilot report.
Jul 13, 2017
Come Visit Sporty’s Big Tent at AirVenture
Sporty’s tent is located in Outdoor Space #260, just outside of Exhibit Hangar B.
Also inside Hangar C, Booth #3147.Read More
Jul 11, 2017
Attending a fly-in should be on every pilot's to-do list. It's a great way to stay fresh on cross country flight planning and gives you an excuse to go fly. Make sure you do your homework and check for NOTAMs, as large gatherings of aircraft usually call for special arrival procedures. Even if you can't make it to Oshkosh, try to find a regional EAA or AOPA fly-in and go rub shoulders with some fellow aviators for a while. Before departing on a fly-in adventure, be sure to stock up on these must-have supplies.
Jun 27, 2017
One of the best parts of our jobs here at Sporty's is meeting all the passionate, creative pilots who invent new products. We love to test crazy ideas and partner with fellow pilots to bring new concepts to market. In fact, almost everything we sell was created by an aviation enthusiast, whether it's a single person with a vision or a large company packed with pilots. To celebrate these pilot-entrepreneurs, we're kicking off a new series today called "The Pilots Behind the Products." Over the next weeks and months, we'll introduce you to the people and the stories that make favorite pilot supplies a reality.
Takeoff is unlike any other app we've ever created at Sporty's. Instead of being focused on an individual training goal (like our popular Learn to Fly and Instrument Rating apps), Takeoff can be used every day, by pilots of all levels. It's a constant companion for the active pilot, helping you to stay current and have fun.
May 31, 2017
If you're a current airplane pilot, it's surprisingly easy to earn a remote pilot certificate, which enables you to perform commercial operations with a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS). Simply take an online test and apply for a new certificate using the FAA's online IACRA system. But while the process is fairly easy, being legal and being safe aren't the same thing - it's worth investing in quality training. Sporty's is pleased to offer three great online courses to help you earn your certificate and be a responsible UAS operator.
May 18, 2017
Buying a headset can be confusing. Do you need ANR? How does Bluetooth music input work? Which brands are the most popular? Join Sporty's for a guided tour of the aviation headset market in this fast-paced webinar recording. From the technology behind the products to some real world advice on making the right choice, you'll get the information you need to make a good decision.
May 5, 2017
Sporty's was founded 55 years ago by a flight instructor, and ever since we've been for pilots, by pilots. More than just a store, we're involved in all aspects of general aviation, from flight training to aircraft maintenance to airport management. Many of the products we sell are designed in-house by our staff of 30+ pilots and tested in our airport businesses. Our experience as pilots, as educators, as airport managers, as aviation advocates – along with our many other endeavors – affords us a unique qualification to provide only the products and services that are the best value to our customers.
May 1, 2017
Takeoff has a simple goal: to make you a better pilot. Every day we publish two new posts (videos, articles, quizzes, and podcasts) from some of aviation's best pilots and flight instructors. Whether you're a new student pilot and or a 5,000-hour aircraft owner, there's something to learn from the app. You simply won’t find this unique variety of perspectives anywhere else. Wondering who you'll see in Takeoff? Here's the team.