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Visit Sporty's at Sun 'n Fun 2018

Mar 27, 2018

The first big aviation event of the year is about to kick off, and Sporty's will be there in a big way. The annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-in, which takes place in sunny Lakeland, Florida, runs from April 10-15 this year. Stop by Sporty's big tent - just outside Hangar A on the main ramp - for new products, interactive demos, seminars, and much more.

 

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Sporty's Flight Crew Benefits

Mar 15, 2018

As a member of Sporty's Flight Crew, you'll have access to over a dozen benefits for the active pilot. Enjoy free shipping, unlimited access to Sporty’s training courses, a pro subscription to Sporty's Takeoff app, exclusive savings, and much more.

 

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What's new in flight simulators

Mar 6, 2018

After a few quiet years, the flight simulator market has come alive again with some impressive new software options and the return of the best-selling flight control brand. If you're thinking about buying a system (or upgrading an existing one), now is a great time to shop. Here's a look at what's new.

 

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Non-owned aircraft insurance: what pilots need to know

Feb 9, 2018

You’ve rented or borrowed an aircraft and an incident has resulted in damage to the aircraft itself, bodily injury to another person or damage to the property of others. Did you know that the aircraft owner’s policy may not provide coverage to protect you, or if coverage is provided, it may be insufficient to cover your financial costs? Many pilots aren’t aware of this fact, and some end up with tremendous out-of-pocket payments to resolve their legal liabilities.

 

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ADS-B Out Questions

Jan 16, 2018

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 January 1, 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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10 ways Sporty's makes it easy to buy the perfect headset

Jan 12, 2018

A headset is one of the most important investments a pilot will ever make, and not simply because of the expense. A quality aviation headset can protect your hearing, reduce fatigue, and even improve flight safety. That's why Sporty's offers a variety of tools and resources to make your next headset purchase fast, easy and affordable. We are proud to be the #1 headset retailer in aviation. 

 

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Sporty's Product PIREP Videos

Dec 15, 2017

Looking for an honest opinion on the latest pilot gear? Count on Sporty's. Our team of product testers is constantly flying with the products we sell, from flight bags and kneeboards to headsets and ADS-B receivers. Watch our series of Product PIREP videos to see how some of the most popular gear performs in the cockpit of general aviation aircraft. 

 

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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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