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2017 Gear of the Year winners

Nov 16, 2017

We recently asked pilots to vote for their favorite gear, from headsets to flight bags, in our 2017 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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The pilots behind the products - Lightspeed and MyGoFlight

Nov 1, 2017

We say it all the time: 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. In this post, we're sharing more stories of "The Pilots Behind the Products," including Lightspeed and MyGoFlight.

 

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Behind the courses - an interview with Sporty's Bret Koebbe

Oct 24, 2017

Sporty's introduced its 2018 Learn to Fly Course this week, which added a number of new features to this popular training product, including: a new iOS app, automatic sync between the online course and app, CFI tracking, new video segments, and more. We sat down with Sporty's Academy Vice President Bret Koebbe, who leads Sporty's course development team, to learn more about the course and the people who make it.

 

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The tyranny of green radar returns - Takeoff Pro article

Oct 9, 2017

Sporty's Takeoff app is your daily companion, with videos, articles, quizzes, podcasts, and aviation news that help you become a better pilot. It's free to download, 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 writers like Mac McClellan and flight instructors like Jason Miller. Here's an example of the articles you get access to as a Takeoff Pro subscriber. 

 

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Choosing a flight simulator

Oct 4, 2017

Home flight simulation technology has improved a lot over the last 5-10 years, to the point where pilots can create a reliable training device at home without spending $10,000 and taking a week to set it up. When used properly, such a simulator can significantly improve your flying skills, whether you're learning to fly, getting back into flying after a long layoff, or trying to maintain instrument proficiency. Here's how to find the right system.

 

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Stratus Flight Data Recorder Contest Finalists

Sep 29, 2017

Over the last six weeks, we've received dozens of fascinating entries in our Stratus Flight Data Recorder Contest. From memorable trips to jam-packed training flights, each entry has shown the power of logging your flights with a Stratus 2/2S - and also the fun of flying general aviation airplanes. Each of the six finalists below have already won a $200 Sporty's Gift Card; now we're letting pilots vote on the grand prize winner!

 

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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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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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