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What's the range of portable aviation radios?

Dec 15, 2015

A portable aviation radio is essential equipment for any pilot. It's an easy way to get a clearance before starting the engine, and a valuable way to learn communications without burning any avgas. While these ground-based uses are nice, though, the real value of a radio is found in the cockpit. If the worst should happen and your panel goes dark, a good NAV/COM in your hand can save the day. It can help you navigate to an airport, call ATC for help and maybe even help you shoot an instrument approach.

But how good is a portable radio in an emergency? Do they really work beyond a few miles? We went flying to answer this question, and the results were pleasantly surprising.

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Top 10 New Gifts for 2015

Dec 7, 2015

Michael WolfSporty's President Michael Wolf shares his list

2015 has been full of new product launches, from headsets and smart watches to flight bags and drones. One of aviation's defining characteristics is its focus on innovation, and you'll see that below.

Here are my top ten favorite new products for the year so far. Since they weren't available last Christmas, the pilot on your list might not have one yet. Any of them would make a unique gift, and all are backed by our no hassle guarantee.

Merry Christmas,

Michael Wolf
President

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Lightspeed Tango Wireless Headset - First Impressions

Nov 27, 2015

Lightspeed recently launched Tango - the first wireless aviation headset from a major brand. Many pilots have been asking about such a headset for years, so we were excited to take it up for a test flight in a Cessna 182. That excitement turned out to be well-placed, and we can confidently recommend Tango for almost any pilot. Read on for our full report.Read More
Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Shopping for a drone - a pilot's perspective

Nov 23, 2015

I’m a modern pilot and I’m a technology enthusiast. Today’s wide availability of aviation gadgets and gear is right up my alley. I fully appreciate and utilize electronics when I’m flying not only because it makes my navigating easier but because I enjoy having the latest tech gear. Merging my love of flying and pursuit of technology has led me to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones, the media’s favorite new buzzword. Drones are the perfect mix of cool technology and flying. I’m not able to go flying every day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be flying however possible. So what do I need to know before I get a drone?

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By J.C. Mayerle

What's going on with WAC charts?

Nov 13, 2015

There's been a lot of talk about WAC charts lately. Are they going away? When? Are there replacements? In this article, we explain what's really going on and how you can be ready for the change.

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Choosing the right headset

Nov 2, 2015

Tips from the pilots at Sporty's

Buying an aviation headset is a surprisingly personal decision. There is no “right answer” for every pilot – it depends on the type of flying you do, what airplane you fly most often and your personal preferences. Here are a few things to consider as you compare models.

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

Enhanced Bose A20 Headset

Oct 19, 2015

The new features that matter

Bose announced improved features to the popular A20 headset in the summer of 2015. The new enhancements take advantage of some new technology and give pilots more options for customizations. Here's the executive summary.

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By Doug Ranly

Headset Plugs

Oct 8, 2015

How to choose the right connector 

Buying a headset can be tricky but we're here to help. Sporty's has been selling headsets for over 50 years and in that time we've become the world's largest aviation headset dealer. We're pilots and we regularly fly with every brand we sell. Often times we get the question, "What's the difference between twin plugs and 6-pin connectors?" Or "Do I need a battery powered or aircraft powered headset?" I'm going to take you through differences of each connector so that when you select a headset you're confident that you chose the right type.  

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1 Comments | Posted in Headsets By J.C. Mayerle

Aviation Headset Terminology

Oct 8, 2015

What does it all mean?

Aviation loves acronyms and long words, and unfortunately headsets are no different. Here are some of the most common terms you'll encounter when shopping for a headset. Understanding what they mean can help you make the best decision.

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

ADS-B Out Questions

Sep 29, 2015

What's the difference between 1090 and 978?

You probably know by now that most airplanes will have to be equipped with ADS-B Out by 2020 in order to meet the FAA mandate. Beyond that basic issue, though, there are still a lot of questions to consider. One of the first is 1090 vs. 978. That is, should you install an ADS-B Out transponder that works on the 1090 MHz frequency (sometimes called 1090ES) or the 978 MHz frequency (sometimes called a 978 UAT)?

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