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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 - What Pilots Need to Know

You've probably heard the buzz about the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, the first clean sheet simulator in over a decade. The graphics look amazing and gamers all over the world are excited to start flying missions. But what about pilots? Will it be valuable for training or proficiency flights? And how do you get started? At Sporty's, we believe this new program will be more useful as a training aid than most perceive. Here's what you should know.

 

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David Clark passive headsets - how to choose the right one

The famous green domes of David Clark headsets have been around longer than most of us have been flying, with a legendary reputation for durability. A little known fact is that David Clark started in aerospace by making high altitude spacesuits for the military. Communication became part of the suits, so speakers and microphones were developed. David Clark made their first pilot headset in 1975 and quickly became a mainstay in cockpits around the world.

 

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Lightspeed Flight Instructor Appreciation Program

Whether you’re a flight instructor making flying safer and enriching the experience of new pilots, or a professional pilot helping corporations and nonprofits achieve their missions, Lightspeed wants to reward you for the hours you spend in the air, and the care and skills you exercise in your profession. That’s why Lightspeed offers a special rebate of $100 when you purchase a Zulu 3. 

 

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Pilot's guide to flying with the GoPro HERO8

More and more pilots are flying with action cameras like GoPros to record their flights. While these tiny devices record stunning video, they are not the easiest products to use. To help you feel more confident shooting in-flight video, we asked Bret Koebbe, an active pilot and flight instructor who leads Sporty's video department, what he's learned after a decade of shooting with GoPros. This detailed article includes his suggestions for getting started, choosing camera settings, mounting a GoPro, and much more.

 

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Hands-on with the new Garmin aera 760 GPS

It’s been four years since Garmin launched the aera 660, and some pilots have been wondering whether the avionics giant would ever develop another portable aviation GPS. Their electronic flight bag app, Garmin Pilot, has won thousands of fans over the years and their wireless weather receivers, like the GDL 52, are found in everything from 172s to Citations. Are those products the only option now? This week Garmin answered with an emphatic “no,” by introducing the impressive aera 760. We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and we like what we’ve seen.

 

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Sporty’s offers FREE online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) to support CFIs

Many lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic and the aviation community has been hit particularly hard. Flight and ground instructors are without students and may be facing an additional hardship when it comes to renewing their flight instructor certificates. That’s why Sporty’s is pleased to offer its online eFIRC FREE as a convenient, effective, online renewal option.

 

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