Sporty's Product PIREPs

What's new in Sporty's flight training apps

Most of the focus on the iPad today is centered on its ability to serve as an electronic flight bag in the cockpit. But if you look back to 2010 when the original iPad debuted, you'll see it was primarily designed as a media consumption device, providing a new way to read books, watch movies and listen to music while on the go. This set the device up as an excellent platform for delivering aviation training courses that incorporated study guides, video and interactive features.

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Sporty's 2015 Aviation Trends

It’s that time of year again – yes, already! Time for Sporty’s Aviation Trends for 2015 when we look back and see how something that started as a “Hey, have you noticed that…?” sitting around the lunch table at work grows into a trend and guides our business decisions.

I have to say that these days it seems by running fast you practically stay in place. Technology is relentless and to serve our customers we have had to learn to move fast, act fast and adapt. In fact, what became clear in 2015 is that the very act of shopping has changed. Let's take a look at what 2015 brought us. 

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What's the range of portable aviation radios?

A portable aviation radio is essential equipment for any pilot. It's an easy way to get a clearance before starting the engine, and a valuable way to learn communications without burning any avgas. While these ground-based uses are nice, though, the real value of a radio is found in the cockpit. If the worst should happen and your panel goes dark, a good NAV/COM in your hand can save the day. It can help you navigate to an airport, call ATC for help and maybe even help you shoot an instrument approach.

But how good is a portable radio in an emergency? Do they really work beyond a few miles? We went flying to answer this question, and the results were pleasantly surprising.

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Top 10 New Gifts for 2015

Michael WolfSporty's President Michael Wolf shares his list

2015 has been full of new product launches, from headsets and smart watches to flight bags and drones. One of aviation's defining characteristics is its focus on innovation, and you'll see that below.

Here are my top ten favorite new products for the year so far. Since they weren't available last Christmas, the pilot on your list might not have one yet. Any of them would make a unique gift, and all are backed by our no hassle guarantee.

Merry Christmas,

Michael Wolf
President

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Lightspeed Tango Wireless Headset - First Impressions

Lightspeed recently launched Tango - the first wireless aviation headset from a major brand. Many pilots have been asking about such a headset for years, so we were excited to take it up for a test flight in a Cessna 182. That excitement turned out to be well-placed, and we can confidently recommend Tango for almost any pilot. Read on for our full report.

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Shopping for a drone - a pilot's perspective

I’m a modern pilot and I’m a technology enthusiast. Today’s wide availability of aviation gadgets and gear is right up my alley. I fully appreciate and utilize electronics when I’m flying not only because it makes my navigating easier but because I enjoy having the latest tech gear. Merging my love of flying and pursuit of technology has led me to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones, the media’s favorite new buzzword. Drones are the perfect mix of cool technology and flying. I’m not able to go flying every day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be flying however possible. So what do I need to know before I get a drone?

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Choosing the right headset

Tips from the pilots at Sporty's

Buying an aviation headset is a surprisingly personal decision. There is no “right answer” for every pilot – it depends on the type of flying you do, what airplane you fly most often and your personal preferences. Here are a few things to consider as you compare models.

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