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Takeoff app - why go pro?

Aug 8, 2016

We introduced our Takeoff app six weeks ago, with the goal of making it fun and easy to keep your flying skills sharp. Thousands of pilots are now using the app, which offers a daily selection of video tips, thought-provoking articles, popular aviation podcasts, beautiful flying photos and news from around the world. While it's free to use Takeoff, there is a Pro subscription level that offers some nice benefits. Here's what you get.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Introducing the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) into Sporty's Courses

Jun 15, 2016

The new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) go into effect today, replacing the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for Private Pilot Airplane and Instrument Rating Airplane knowledge and practical tests. We've been working with others in the industry to make sure the ACS transition goes smoothly, and Sporty's award-winning courses are ready.Read More
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First look at Sporty's Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC)

Jun 9, 2016

Sporty’s has developed a fresh new option for flight instructors looking to renew their CFI certificate, using a modern online learning system to deliver innovative content. Sporty’s eFIRC will get you up to speed with the latest technology and new developments from the FAA, vastly improving your teaching skills. Let’s take a look at some of the unique features.

 

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First look at Sporty's new Takeoff app

May 17, 2016

The hottest new app in aviation is Takeoff, a curated collection of videos, articles, podcasts and news for active pilots. New content is added every day, making it a fun and easy way to get your daily aviation fix. Takeoff is easy to use, but there's actually a lot going on behind the scenes, so let's take a look at some of the unique features.

 

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Breakdown Assistance Program in action - how does it work?

May 12, 2016

Sporty's new Breakdown Assistance Program, powered by the experts at Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, has been getting a lot of attention lately. This affordable service, sort of like AAA for airplanes, is your 24/7 partner when things go wrong with your airplane away from home. With a single phone call to the toll-free hotline, you get immediate access to Mike Busch’s team of knowledgeable and seasoned A&P/IA mechanics.

How does this program work in the real world? We recently heard from a satisfied Breakdown Assistance client, who shared this story.

 

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David Clark ONE-X Flight Test

May 2, 2016

David Clark recently introduced the ONE-X headset. At $895, it is the most expensive headset that the green dome company has ever released. We’ve been getting lots of inquiries from pilots wanting to know if this is the next big thing. So we took it up for a test flight. I know, tough gig, right?

 

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Four things to look for in a pilot flashlight

Apr 11, 2016

Not all flashlights are created equal, and the perfect one for you may be completely different than the perfect one for your copilot. Here's what to look for.

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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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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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