Our award-winning courses have helped over 50,000 pilots learn to fly or add a rating, but we’re never standing still. The Sporty’s Academy team is constantly adding new content and innovative features to make our Learn to Fly Course the best training product in aviation. For 2017, we’re proud to offer a full suite of upgrades that make flying safer, easier and more fun.
Every year around this time, the team at Sporty's takes a moment to look back at the previous 12 months and offers some thoughts on the general aviation market - at least as we see it from Batavia, Ohio. 2016 was a busy year, both for Sporty's and for pilots in general, and here are 10 key trends we noticed.
Sporty's Takeoff app keeps getting better. This innovative app is a valuable proficiency tool for pilots of all levels. New content is published every day of the year, including videos, articles, podcasts, news, and quizzes. The heart of Takeoff is the unique and high quality content, but a number of recent improvements have made the app easier to use. Now you can watch a video tip or read an article anywhere you have your iPhone or iPad. Here's what's new.
There's an old joke that says you can tell how experienced a pilot is by the length of his left arm - the heavy watch causes it to stretch, making it a few inches longer than the right arm. While this might not be 100% true, it illustrates the fact that pilots have a special appreciation for their watches. Not just a status symbol, the pilot's watch adds important features that can be used in the cockpit, like E6B computers and Zulu time display. Finding the best watch can be a challenge, so we've sorted through the options to find the seven most interesting and most popular aviator timepieces.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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