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Flying with the GoPro MAX

The next wave in small camera technology takes aviation videography to a new level, thanks to the 360° recording capabilities of the GoPro Max camera. Think of it as two GoPro cameras joined back to back, allowing it to capture literally everything around you, including the cockpit and the views outside, while keeping both perfectly exposed. Here's what pilots should know about this incredible vamer

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Flight simulator hardware maps for Logitech, CH Products, Redbird

If you're upgrading your flight simulator controls to take advantage of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator, you'll first need to configure a few things in the Options menu (click on Controls). This requires selecting which control inputs creates which effects, and assigning important functions to some buttons—often called a hardware map. This article explains how to get off to a fast start with the popular hardware options, including Logitech, CH Products, and Redbird.

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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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