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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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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

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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Top 12 iPad Tips - How To Get Started

Apr 20, 2016

The iPad is a reliable and easy-to-use addition to the cockpit, perfect for charts, moving maps and even in-flight weather. But there's a lot to understand to make sure you're getting the most out of your investment. Over the past several years, we've learned a lot through trial and error flying with the iPad in general aviation aircraft, and have assembled our top 12 tips.

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Keeping your charge - iPad battery tips

Apr 20, 2016

Let’s add it all up- the electronics pilots take with them on a long cross country trip. We’ve got two ipads (one for the pilot and one for the co-pilot), two cell phones, ADS-B receiver or external GPS for those iPads and maybe a smartwatch or two. Most of these items would be on pilot’s required materials list for flight. Read More
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Four things to look for in a pilot flashlight

Apr 11, 2016

Not all flashlights are created equal, and the perfect one for you may be completely different than the perfect one for your copilot. Here's what to look for.

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Visit Sporty's at Sun 'n Fun!

Mar 28, 2016

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Sporty’s big tent will be busy at Sun ‘n Fun in 2016, with Sporty’s Pilot Shop temporarily moved from Batavia to Lakeland for the week. 

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9 Stratus features that don't make the headlines

Mar 9, 2016

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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.

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Garmin Aera 660 - first look

Mar 7, 2016

Garmin recently unveiled the aera 660, their first new aviation GPS in five years. It features a host of upgrades over the aera 500 series (which it replaces) including an all-new touchscreen, synthetic vision and complete digital charts. Here's a look at some of the best new features, including some less talked-about features that we found pleasantly surprising.

 

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What's new in Sporty's flight training apps

Feb 24, 2016

Most of the focus on the iPad today is centered on its ability to serve as an electronic flight bag in the cockpit. But if you look back to 2010 when the original iPad debuted, you'll see it was primarily designed as a media consumption device, providing a new way to read books, watch movies and listen to music while on the go. This set the device up as an excellent platform for delivering aviation training courses that incorporated study guides, video and interactive features.

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The Sporty's Foundation Releases Annual Report

Feb 11, 2016

The Sporty’s Foundation made bequests totaling $152,500 during 2015 to act on its commitment to attract new market entrants with both pilots and aviation technicians. The Foundation has issued its most recent Annual Report, detailing activities and bequests during the previous year.

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