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2016 Gear of the Year Winners

Nov 17, 2016

We recently asked pilots to vote for their favorite gear, from ANR headsets to iPad accessories, in our 2016 Gear of the Year survey. After adding up all the votes (thanks for all the opinions!), we are now pleased to present the results of this mostly unscientific poll. The winners include some legendary products and some exciting new ones as well. 

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

10 ways Sporty's makes it easy to buy the perfect headset

Nov 10, 2016

A headset is one of the most important investments a pilot will ever make, and not simply because of the expense. A quality aviation headset can protect your hearing, reduce fatigue and even improve flight safety. That's why Sporty's offers a variety of tools and resources to make your next headset purchase fast, easy and affordable. We are proud to be the #1 headset retailer in aviation. 

 

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8 unique features of our new Flight Gear High Performance bags

Nov 3, 2016

Flight bags are like airplanes. They're constantly changing to adapt to new technology, and yet there's no such thing as a single perfect design - everyone has their own wants and needs. In recognition of those two trends, Sporty's recently introduced a completely new selection of flight bags for general aviation pilots, called Flight Gear High Performance. These bags have a modern look and some unique new features, but with options for customizing each bag to match the mission.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Which maintenance shops can you trust?

Oct 24, 2016

If you’re looking for a great restaurant, you can read reviews on Yelp or Open Table. If you want a nice hotel for your next vacation, TripAdvisor offers thousands of ratings so you won’t be disappointed. But what about maintenance shops and airplane mechanics? If your starter quits on a Sunday night while you’re hundreds of miles away from home, who can you trust to fix it? Does it even need to be fixed in the first place?

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3 New Features on The Learn To Fly App

Oct 17, 2016

Sporty's Learn to Fly Course app has three awesome new features that student pilots will love and they don't cost a thing. The free version of the app has access to our Study Buddy test prep and our practice exams for the written test. Sporty's Learn to Fly Course is designed to supplement the ground school while you train for your private, sport or recreational pilots license. Before you fly with your instructor our segmented videos can help you prepare and retain the knowledge for each lesson. It's a powerful tool that just got better. Take a look at how the free version of the app is giving students more than ever before.

 

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Unique aviation books from Sporty's Publishing

Oct 7, 2016

Sporty's is famous for producing some of the best videos in aviation, but did you know we also publish books? In just the last 6 months, we've released two brand new paperbacks and a new audiobook. Here's a look at some of the talented authors published by Sporty's.

 

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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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8 ways to get your daily aviation fix with the Takeoff app

Sep 20, 2016

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.

 

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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

3 reasons why Sporty's Insurance Center is unique

Sep 2, 2016

We recently introduced Sporty's Insurance Center, a new option for pilots looking for coverage when they fly. There are lots of options for buying aviation insurance already, so why did we decide to join in? At Sporty's, our goal is to make flying safer, easier and more fun. We think our innovative new insurance center, in partnership with the Loomis Company and Global Aerospace, does just that.

 

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