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Webinar: how to find the right aviation headset

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.


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5 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

Sporty's: a name you can trust

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.


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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Meet the contributors to Sporty's Takeoff app

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.


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0 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By Sporty's Pilot Shop

Top 5 Products for Flying with Kids

Apr 25, 2017

Do do you have the right equipment for flying kids? Here are the top 5 products you need to help make sure kids have an enjoyable flight.


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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By Doug Ranly

Support the Aviation Exploring Scholarship Program

Mar 31, 2017

One of the longest-running, most successful scholarship initiatives in aviation is one you may not know about: the annual Aviation Exploring scholarship program. Every year, $50,000 is awarded to a dozen youth who are interested in airplanes and a career in the industry. Now you can help support this important investment in the next generation of aviators by donating to The Sporty's Foundation, which manages fundraising on behalf of Aviation Exploring.


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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By Mark Wiesenhahn

Visit Sporty's at Sun 'n Fun 2017

Mar 27, 2017

The first big aviation event of the year is about to kick off, and Sporty's will be there in a big way. The annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-in, which takes place in sunny Lakeland, Florida, runs from April 4-9 this year. Stop by Sporty's big tent - just outside Hangar A on the main ramp - for new products, interactive demos, seminars, and much more.


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2 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Cool New Tech Products at Sporty's

Mar 24, 2017

Recently at Sporty's we've seen a lot of new tech gadgets for pilots come to market. Pilots are known to love an electronic gizmo that will make life easier and often times safer as well. We're sort of futurists when you think about it. Since Orville and Wilbur Wright, pilots have faced greater challenges than your typical adventurer, which is why we're always at the forefront of innovation. The newest products from top manufacturers like Garmin, Appareo and Yaesu are just what we need to satisfy the technology itch we've got and I'm personally going to make some additions to my flight bag. Here's what we're looking at.


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4 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By JC Mayerle

5 ways to use Sporty's Learn to Fly course

Mar 15, 2017

Sporty's was founded by a flight instructor over 55 years ago, and from the beginning we've been passionate about flight training. When we started out doing three-day ground schools in the 1960s, slides were considered high tech. Over the years, we've transitioned to VHS tapes and now to the latest digital options. The goal has always been the same: offer the highest quality training materials in a variety of formats so pilots can learn anytime, anywhere. Here are five ways to learn with us today.


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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Sporty's Academy Update

Mar 8, 2017

Our team of flight instructors, video producers, and app developers has been busy lately. From new courses to app updates and flight school innovations, check out the latest news from the educational arm of Sporty's.Read More
Comments | Posted in PIREPs By JC Mayerle

Top 10 Student Pilot Products

Feb 22, 2017

The only thing you need to start flight training is an open mind, but after a few lessons it will become clear that you need to invest in some aviation gear to really be efficient. This can actually be a lot of fun (like fishing or golf, you have to look the part!), but the huge variety of pilot supplies out there can sometimes be overwhelming. Since we run a flight school at Sporty's, new student pilots often us what you really need for flight training. Here is the list our flight instructors distribute to students at Sporty's. There's plenty more you can buy, but these are the essentials.


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0 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman
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