John Zimmerman

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What's the best headset for pilots?

At the top end of the market, three headsets dominate: the Bose A20, the David Clark ONE-X, and the Lightspeed Zulu 3. All three are great ANR headsets that will serve any pilot well for many years, but there are important differences. Here’s a look at each one, with comments from our team of pilots and from our customers.

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Aviation radios through the years—six decades of change

Radios have been used by pilots since the days of open cockpit biplanes, so it's no surprise they have been part of Sporty's offering since the very beginning of the company. In fact, the first product Hal Shevers sold from the trunk of his Studebaker was a Realtone Voyager radio (model TR-970). Since then technology has advanced and prices have dropped, but we still design our own radios. Our goal is to make the easiest-to-use, most reliable radios for pilots. Here's a look at some of the many radios we've sold over the years.

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Sporty's 60 year celebration

This year marks a milestone in the history of Sporty's: we're celebrating 60 years of serving pilots worldwide. Sporty's wouldn't be here without the incredible support of our customers over the past 60 years, so we invite you to join the celebration. Each week we'll be sharing special savings, new product introductions, and customer contests.

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New FAA chart cycle starts this month

Starting February 25, 2021, chart subscribers (and pilots everywhere) will notice an important change to the effective dates of charts. The FAA is shortening the update cycle for VFR charts to match the dates on IFR charts. This means that, whereas sectional charts used to be updated every six months, now all FAA charts will be updated every 56 days.

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Lightspeed Trade Up Program

Tired of your uncomfortable old headset? Now you can trade in that old headset toward a new Lightspeed headset and save. Bose A20 headsets receive a $400 credit. So make your next flight more enjoyable; here's how it works.

 

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