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Top 7 pilot watches

Nov 22, 2016

There's an old joke that says you can tell how experienced a pilot is by the length of his left arm - the heavy watch causes it to stretch, making it a few inches longer than the right arm. While this might not be 100% true, it illustrates the fact that pilots have a special appreciation for their watches. Not just a status symbol, the pilot's watch adds important features that can be used in the cockpit, like E6B computers and Zulu time display. Finding the best watch can be a challenge, so we've sorted through the options to find the seven most interesting and most popular aviator timepieces.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

2016 Gear of the Year Winners

Nov 17, 2016

We recently asked pilots to vote for their favorite gear, from ANR headsets to iPad accessories, in our 2016 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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8 unique features of our new Flight Gear High Performance bags

Nov 3, 2016

Flight bags are like airplanes. They're constantly changing to adapt to new technology, and yet there's no such thing as a single perfect design - everyone has their own wants and needs. In recognition of those two trends, Sporty's recently introduced a completely new selection of flight bags for general aviation pilots, called Flight Gear High Performance. These bags have a modern look and some unique new features, but with options for customizing each bag to match the mission.

 

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Which maintenance shops can you trust?

Oct 24, 2016

If you’re looking for a great restaurant, you can read reviews on Yelp or Open Table. If you want a nice hotel for your next vacation, TripAdvisor offers thousands of ratings so you won’t be disappointed. But what about maintenance shops and airplane mechanics? If your starter quits on a Sunday night while you’re hundreds of miles away from home, who can you trust to fix it? Does it even need to be fixed in the first place?

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3 New Features on The Learn To Fly App

Oct 17, 2016

Sporty's Learn to Fly Course app has three awesome new features that student pilots will love and they don't cost a thing. The free version of the app has access to our Study Buddy test prep and our practice exams for the written test. Sporty's Learn to Fly Course is designed to supplement the ground school while you train for your private, sport or recreational pilots license. Before you fly with your instructor our segmented videos can help you prepare and retain the knowledge for each lesson. It's a powerful tool that just got better. Take a look at how the free version of the app is giving students more than ever before.

 

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Unique aviation books from Sporty's Publishing

Oct 7, 2016

Sporty's is famous for producing some of the best videos in aviation, but did you know we also publish books? In just the last 6 months, we've released two brand new paperbacks and a new audiobook. Here's a look at some of the talented authors published by Sporty's.

 

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What's the difference between Stratus and SXAR1?

Sep 27, 2016

The recently-announced SiriusXM Aviation Receiver (or SXAR1) offers pilots flying with the ForeFlight app an exciting new option for in-flight weather. We've been getting a lot of questions at Sporty's about how it compares to the existing option, the Stratus 2S. We've also been asked if pilots can use both devices at the same time. We went flying to find out.

 

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Does the X-Naut iPad Cooling Mount Really Work?

Sep 14, 2016

The X-Naut Case has attracted a lot of attention since it was introduced this summer. This custom-made case for the iPad features built-in fans and a vented back to keep your iPad from overheating. It looks great, but does it really work? We tested it to find out.

 

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The three rules for dealing with airplane breakdowns away from home

Aug 24, 2016

If you're traveling by GA airplane, there's nothing worse than experiencing a breakdown away from home. You'll probably be stuck somewhere you don't want to be, dependent on strangers, and completely outside your comfort zone. If you're not careful, you can wind up getting stuck for days or weeks and wasting thousands of dollars

Fortunately, Sporty's can help you avoid such predicaments.

 

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Lightspeed Upgrades Tango Headset

Aug 17, 2016

Enhanced charging options for popular wireless headset

Lightspeed introduced their Tango headset in late 2015, the first wireless headset from a major aviation company. Since then, thousands of pilots have enjoyed the freedom of going wireless without sacrificing performance. Just turn on the headset and fly.

But Lightspeed isn't standing still. The company is known for their innovation, always improving their products in response to pilot feedback, and the Tango is no exception. This week, they announced some upgrades to the Tango that should make it even more convenient in the cockpit.

 

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