Sporty's Webinar Series - Video Archives

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Sporty’s is pleased to offer its Webinar Series to our valued customers. These live, multimedia presentations are informative and interactive, allowing the presenter to use slides and audio, while audience members can participate in a variety of ways.

Sporty’s Webinar Series touches on a variety of topics, from training to new products and services to help you stay informed. For your convenience, all webinars are archived so you can attend anytime your schedule permits. Watch our most recent webinars below, and stay up to date with upcoming sessions by visiting


Flight Simulators—What Pilots Need to Know

With Chris McGonegle, Sporty's flight simulator expert and Commercial Pilot

We all know that flight simulators can provide a huge value in flight training but they can also do damage if not used properly. In this talk, we will discuss how to use simulators effectively and how to avoid making mistakes that will degrade your flying skills. We also review the most popular hardware options for home flight simulator use and discuss the new Microsoft Flight Simulator program.

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Aviation Quiz Hour—20 questions to test your knowledge

With John Zimmerman, Air Facts Editor-in-Chief and ATP/IGI

Join Sporty's John Zimmerman for another fast-paced hour of aviation questions and tips, covering everything from charts to aerodynamics. Can you go 20 for 20?

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iPad Proficiency Check

With Bret Koebbe, iPad Pilot News Editor and ATP/CFI

This presentation from Sporty’s and iPad Pilot News covers a wide range of practical topics on flying with the iPad and the ForeFlight Mobile app. Led by Bret Koebbe, an active pilot at Sporty’s Pilot Shop and head of the video department, this info-packed presentation will explore topics applicable to pilots of all iPad experience levels. Topics covered include: iPad buyer's guide for pilots, developing your own standard operating procedures, how ForeFlight can improve your preflight planning, how to take advantage of automated iPad features and use it as a Digital Copilot, in-flight weather on the iPad (ADS-B & SiriusXM), and more.

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A Pilot's Guide to Headsets

With Doug Ranly, Sporty's headset expert and Private Pilot

Headset technology has advanced rapidly and the features and choices in aviation headsets can be downright overwhelming. ANR, passive, panel-powered, Bluetooth, TSO'd? You can become an informed consumer without hours of boring research. Join Doug Ranly as he demystifies the world of aviation headsets, shares what's new, and highlights the features important to you.

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Bridging the gap: products for flight simulation and real world flying

With Sporty's Chris McGonegle and Flight Simulation Association's Evan Reiter

Flight simulation incorporates hundreds of hardware pieces and software packages to better allow us to enjoy our digital flights. But what if we went to transition to flying in the real world, rather than the digital one? Join Evan Reiter, the co-founder of Flight Simulation Association and Sporty's Pilot Shop product manager Chris McGonegle as they discuss which products help to make the leap between simulators and the flight deck with an emphasis on ForeFlight Mobile. Topics include: Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane 11, Prepar3d, Aviation Courses, Honeycomb, Redbird, Kneeboards, ARSim Radio Simulator, VATSIM, Pilot Edge, RealSimGear, Sim Your Plane, and lastly ForeFlight.

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Talk to an Air Traffic Controller

With Eddie Albert, Cincinnati air traffic controller

It’s not uncommon for pilots to have some fear of interacting with Air Traffic Control (ATC) often concerned with making a mistake or of being judged by others on frequency. Not only is that the wrong attitude, but it can also deprive you of valuable services and even compromise safety. Controllers are humans just like pilots, and they’re actually there to help. Join ATC Specialist Eddie Albert from Cincinnati Approach Control and learn what controllers expect from pilots, plus some tips for your next request to ATC.

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Learning to fly—how to get started

With Sporty's Eric Radtke and AOPA's Chris Moser

Join Sporty's and AOPA and learn what it takes to earn your pilot license and start flying - this webinar recording presents an hour of honest advice and practical tips for anyone considering flight training. Learning to fly will unlock a world of possibilities and give you unparalleled freedom to see the world. It is a truly unique experience—one of the last great adventures in our modern life. It is challenging, rewarding and flat out fun!

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ForeFlight: What's New and Advanced Features

With Phil Inman, ForeFlight

Join Phil Inman from ForeFlight for an in-depth look at the latest features in aviation's top app, from local forecasts to 3D flight planning. (Recorded March 2021)

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Airline Pilot's Guide to Fearless Propeller Flying

With Capt. Les Abend, retired airline pilot and Flying magazine contributor

If you’ve spent decades flying a Boeing or Airbus and are now considering a transition back to general aviation, this webinar is for you. Join Eric Radtke from Sporty’s Academy and Les Abend, an experienced airline pilot and Flying magazine columnist, for an honest look at what it takes to get current in light airplanes. It’s probably easier than you think, and can open up a world of opportunities.

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Sharpen Your Flying Skills with Sporty's Academy

With Eric Radtke, Sporty's Academy Chief Instructor and ATP/CFI

It’s not always easy for pilots to admit when they’re feeling a bit rusty, but it happens to all of us especially in the midst of a pandemic. Join the instructional staff at Sporty’s Academy for a flying refresher to include flying tips & techniques, regulations, airspace, weather and more! And if you’ve been away from flying for an extended period of time, we’ll also debunk some of those myths associated with rejoining the aviation community and highlight what may have changed since you last flew.

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Redbird Flight Simulators and Trainers

With Josh Harnagel, Redbird VP of Marketing and CFI

Finding the right simulator can be a daunting and intimidating task. Join Josh Harnagel from Redbird Flight Simulation as he demystifies what qualities to look for in a trainer and how a Redbird simulator will cover the gamut of what is needed. Whether it's keeping checklist flows fluid, strengthening stick and rudder skills, or flying a challenging approach down to minimums. We'll cover the systems available from the Redbird fleet, and how best to utilize them.

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IFR Quiz Hour—20 questions to test your knowledge

With John Zimmerman, Air Facts Editor-in-Chief and ATP/IGI

Join Sporty's John Zimmerman for a fast-paced hour of IFR flying questions and tips, covering everything from approach charts to weather theory.

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A Pilot's Guide to Handheld Radios

With Doug Ranly, Sporty's radio expert and Private Pilot

A portable aviation radio is a great backup tool and a valuable resource for flight training. Join Sporty’s radio expert Doug Ranly for an in-depth look at the technology, what to look for when buying a radio, and tips for using them in the real world. Includes a review of the latest options from Icom, Yaesu, and Sporty's. Topics include: key terms, how to answer the #1 question, what to look for, the big three brands, and real world advice.

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Garmin New Product Update

With Michael Kerrigan, Garmin regional sales manager and Private Pilot

Join Michael Kerrigan from Garmin for a look at the latest avionics from Garmin, including the new touch-screen aera 760, the retrofit GI 275 flight instrument, and the GPS 175 navigator.

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10 Tips for Flight Instructors to Get Through COVID-19

With Eric Radtke and Charlie Masters, Sporty's Academy flight instructors

Many lives have been turned upside down by COVID-19 and the aviation community has been hit particularly hard. As a CFI, you are probably without students and that airline job may appear even more distant. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and there are positive, productive activities you can be participating in right now to stay in the aviation game. Join Sporty’s CFIs Eric Radtke and Charlie Masters for a candid conversation on what you can be doing as a CFI to stay active, current and continue developing professionally.

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Flying with Datalink Weather—How to Use ADS-B and SiriusXM

With John Zimmerman, Sporty's iPad expert and ATP

Datalink weather has the potential to make your flying safer and more comfortable - but only if you know how to use it properly. Join Air Facts editor John Zimmerman for an in-depth look at ADS-B, SiriusXM and how to use them in flight, from Stratus to Sentry to GDL 52.

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Additional Resources

iPad Pilot News - tips and tricks for flying with the iPad, including app reviews and videos. Sign up to receive the popular bi-weekly email newsletter.

Student Pilot News - free resources for new pilots and anyone looking to improve their skills. Includes articles, flight school database, and weekly video tips.

Air Facts Journal - the journal for personal air travel—for pilots, by pilots. The best place for online hangar flying, with informative articles written by active pilots.

Product PIREP blog - hands-on gear reviews, top 10 product lists, and real world technical tips on the latest pilot supplies, written by Sporty's team of pilots.

Sporty's YouTube channel - hundreds of free videos for pilots, from new product previews and how-to guides to fun flying series and webinar recordings.


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