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Video Camera Buyer's Guide for Pilots

Sep 5, 2017

So-called action cameras barely existed a decade ago; now they are a must-have for any adventure, whether it's skiing, skydiving or flying. Their small size, incredible video quality, and built-in GPSs make them perfect for sharing your flights with non-pilots. You can relive that flight to Oshkosh, or share your first solo with friends and family. To help you choose the right model, we've developed this Buyer's Guide with all the essential specs.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Takeoff Pro video tip

Aug 25, 2017

Sporty's Takeoff app is your daily companion, with videos, articles, quizzes, podcasts, and aviation news. It's free to download, and about half of the content is also available for free. There's a lot of good information here, but for access to every video and article, you'll want to subscribe to Takeoff Pro. This unlocks an additional 7-10 posts per week, including exclusive content from popular instructors like Jason Miller and Rob Reider. Here's an example of the video tips you get access to as a Takeoff Pro subscriber. 

 

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Top 7 iPad Accessories For Pilots

Aug 22, 2017

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.

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Stratus Flight Data Recorder Contest

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.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs iPad By John Zimmerman

Aviation Headsets and Hearing Aids

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?

 

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9 Stratus features that don't make the headlines

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.

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Visit Sporty's at AirVenture Oshkosh

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.

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Top 10 products for fly-in season

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.

 

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The pilots behind the products we sell

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.

 

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

Jun 15, 2017

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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