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Cool New Tech Products at Sporty's

Mar 24, 2017

Recently at Sporty's we've seen a lot of new tech gadgets for pilots come to market. Pilots are known to love an electronic gizmo that will make life easier and often times safer as well. We're sort of futurists when you think about it. Since Orville and Wilbur Wright, pilots have faced greater challenges than your typical adventurer, which is why we're always at the forefront of innovation. The newest products from top manufacturers like Garmin, Appareo and Yaesu are just what we need to satisfy the technology itch we've got and I'm personally going to make some additions to my flight bag. Here's what we're looking at.


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4 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By JC Mayerle

5 ways to use Sporty's Learn to Fly course

Mar 15, 2017

Sporty's was founded by a flight instructor over 55 years ago, and from the beginning we've been passionate about flight training. When we started out doing three-day ground schools in the 1960s, slides were considered high tech. Over the years, we've transitioned to VHS tapes and now to the latest digital options. The goal has always been the same: offer the highest quality training materials in a variety of formats so pilots can learn anytime, anywhere. Here are five ways to learn with us today.


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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Sporty's Academy Update

Mar 8, 2017

Our team of flight instructors, video producers, and app developers has been busy lately. From new courses to app updates and flight school innovations, check out the latest news from the educational arm of Sporty's.Read More
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Top 10 Student Pilot Products

Feb 22, 2017

The only thing you need to start flight training is an open mind, but after a few lessons it will become clear that you need to invest in some aviation gear to really be efficient. This can actually be a lot of fun (like fishing or golf, you have to look the part!), but the huge variety of pilot supplies out there can sometimes be overwhelming. Since we run a flight school at Sporty's, new student pilots often us what you really need for flight training. Here is the list our flight instructors distribute to students at Sporty's. There's plenty more you can buy, but these are the essentials.


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0 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Apps for every pilot

Feb 13, 2017

Sporty's is well-known for offering the finest pilot supplies, and you probably also know about our video training courses. But did you know that our team of app developers has released over 30 aviation apps? Here are some stats from the last year, plus a look at all the different options we offer.


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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs iPad By John Zimmerman

Flying with the new Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset

Feb 7, 2017

The original Zulu headset sparked a wave of innovation in aviation headsets when it was introduced a decade ago, and established Lightspeed as a major player in the premium headset market. Active noise reduction (ANR) headsets were not new at the time, but never before had they been available with so many features at such an attractive price. A lot has changed since then, but Lightspeed is not one to rest on their laurels. They recently released the latest generation, Zulu 3, and as always we went flying to see how it performed.


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7 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By John Zimmerman

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 - the best action camera for pilots yet?

Feb 3, 2017

We’ve been using miniature cameras in the cockpits of general aviation airplanes for over 20 years at Sporty’s to assist in the production our pilot training videos. Back in the 90s these cameras cost thousands of dollars and required a background in video production to mount and operate, but it was worth the effort to be able to capture the dynamic sights and sounds from the cockpit to help pilots learn to fly from the comfort of their home. Now there are better options.


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SiriusXM subscription options are surprisingly flexible

Jan 25, 2017

SiriusXM's new aviation receiver, the SXAR1, is an affordable way to add high quality weather to your iPad. One of the major differences between the SXAR1 and ADS-B receivers like the Stratus is that SiriusXM weather is delivered by satellites, so it's available at all altitudes and all across the United States. That means it requires a subscription, but most pilots don't know that SiriusXM offers some flexible subscription plans. Here are some options to consider.


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12 Comments | Posted in PIREPs iPad By John Zimmerman

First look at the new Faro headsets

Jan 19, 2017

There have never been better options for premium aviation headsets, as companies like Bose, Lightspeed, David Clark and AKG battle to make the quietest, most comfortable headset on the market. The only problem is that most of these headsets cost $800 or even $1000. For pilots looking to spend less, there's an exciting new option from Faro. Their new Stealth headsets offer high performance without the high price, and are available in passive and active noise reduction models. We sent these headsets up for some test flights with our 24 flight instructors to see how they perform.


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4 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By John Zimmerman

4 Reasons the Nflightcam Suction Cup Makes a Great Camera Mount

Jan 11, 2017

There’s only one way to properly test a product: you have to fly with it and use it for yourself. This is my favorite excuse to go flying during a work day. In any case, at Sporty’s, we are sure to test all the products we fly with. For this flight, we used Nflightcam’s new suction cup mount, the Vacuum Suction Cup. I have to say that I was very well pleased with the results of the mount. Here’s what I liked best about it.

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