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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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If it were not for flying clubs there would be no Sporty's

Feb 4, 2016

Flying clubs are getting a lot of attention these days, and for good reason: they can make flying easier, less expensive and more fun. Sporty's Founder Hal Shevers is a big believer in flying clubs. Here's why.

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Synthetic Vision with ForeFlight and Stratus 2S

Jan 19, 2016

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ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision is a visually stunning and high-performance hazard awareness capability for iPad. Fly with more confidence in all conditions and terrain. When paired with Stratus 2S, ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision becomes an affordable backup attitude system.

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Sporty's 2015 Aviation Trends

Dec 28, 2015

It’s that time of year again – yes, already! Time for Sporty’s Aviation Trends for 2015 when we look back and see how something that started as a “Hey, have you noticed that…?” sitting around the lunch table at work grows into a trend and guides our business decisions.

I have to say that these days it seems by running fast you practically stay in place. Technology is relentless and to serve our customers we have had to learn to move fast, act fast and adapt. In fact, what became clear in 2015 is that the very act of shopping has changed. Let's take a look at what 2015 brought us. 

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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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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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