The iPad makes a great, all-in-one cockpit tool, combining maps, flight planning, in-flight weather, documents and so much more. That doesn't mean it stands on its own, though. A few carefully chosen accessories can make it so much more powerful and easy-to-use. Here's our list of the accessories you should consider, and our top recommendations.Read More
Aug 18, 2017
Share your track log and get entered to win a $200 Sporty’s Gift Card!
Stratus is the most powerful ADS-B receiver you can buy, delivering in-flight weather, traffic, GPS position, and backup attitude to ForeFlight. Stratus also includes a flight data recorder, which automatically logs all of your flights, complete with GPS position and attitude. These track logs are a great way to review a training flight or relive a memorable trip, and can be viewed on ForeFlight’s website or in the CloudAhoy app.
Now your track logs could win you a $200 Sporty’s Gift Card and other prizes. Just share your most interesting flight with us: your first solo, a flight to Oshkosh, the perfect S-turn, a unique instrument approach, or whatever else you found memorable.
Aug 8, 2017
Inevitably, there will probably come a time when most of us pilots will need to have some sort of hearing aid. After all, much like losing hair, it can be a natural part of aging. So it comes as no surprise that we get a lot of questions about hearing aids and aviation headsets. Which headset is the most compatible? Does my brand “X” hearing aid work well with ANR headsets? Should I take hearing aids out before starting up?
Jul 21, 2017
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
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.