Sporty's Product PIREPs

Keeping your charge - iPad battery tips

Let’s add it all up- the electronics pilots take with them on a long cross country trip. We’ve got two ipads (one for the pilot and one for the co-pilot), two cell phones, ADS-B receiver or external GPS for those iPads and maybe a smartwatch or two. Most of these items would be on pilot’s required materials list for flight. 

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Stratus Stories

How this ADS-B receiver is changing the way pilots fly

Stratus is the simple-to-use, pocket-sized, wireless receiver that transforms your iPad into the ultimate flight tool. Get subscription-free weather, GPS information, ADS-B traffic and backup attitude – all integrated with ForeFlight Mobile. The new Stratus 1S and 2S models offer additional features and even better performance, but with the same pilot-friendly design that has made Stratus the best-selling ADS-B receiver in aviation.

More than just another gadget, though, Stratus is helping pilots fly safer and more confidently on every flight. Here are some recent stories from everyday pilots.

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We asked our test pilots: Which headset do you wear the most?

Which headset do you wear the most?We are pilots and test every headset before adding it to our catalog. Every headset we sell has met our or exceeded our high standards.We are proud to offer a wide selection of headsets for every type of pilot. The choices can be over overwhelming, but Sporty's helps to cut through the confusion with buyer's guides, detailed specs, and thousands of customer reviews.

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Part 3: Preparing for the checkride with Sporty's Courses

Once you've watched all the video segments and used the FAA Knowledge Test prep tools in Sporty's Learn to Fly or Instrument Rating course, there's just one step left: the checkride. Officially called the Practical Test, this involves an in-person interview and flight with a Designated Pilot Examiner. But don't worry - Sporty's courses have all the tools you need to impress the examiner. Here's how to use them.

This post is written for the most recent update to Sporty's courses, the 2020 edition. If you've bought the Sporty's Online Learn To Fly Course or the Sporty's Instrument Rating Course, you have lifetime updates so this can apply to you too! Sportys.com/mycourses updates automatically but if you're using the app version, you may need to open the app store and check for updates.

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Part 2: Using Test Prep in Sporty's Courses - Learn to Fly or Instrument Rating

Sporty’s Learn to Fly/Instrument Rating course has all the tools you need to prepare for the FAA Knowledge Test (sometimes called the written test) - we’ll even give you the flight instructor endorsement to take the test automatically. Just watch all the video segments and pass two practice tests with a score of 80 or better. However, studying for the Knowledge Test without a good plan can be time-consuming and frustrating. Here’s our advice for getting started the right way.
 

This post is written for the most recent update to Sporty's courses, the 2020 edition. If you've bought the Sporty's Online Learn To Fly Course or the Sporty's Instrument Rating Course, you have lifetime updates so this can apply to you too! Sportys.com/mycourses updates automatically but if you're using the app version, you may need to open the app store and check for updates. 

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Using aviation audio cables with the latest GoPro cameras

The latest GoPro cameras are the most sophisticated action cameras ever designed, and they are perfect for pilots. You can record your first solo, trip to Oshkosh, or family vacation and get stunning results. We've flown with the brand new HERO8, and the in-flight video was razor sharp, rich in colors, and smooth (thanks to GoPro's incredible HyperSmooth stabilization). But how do you record cockpit audio in addition to video?

 

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Faro Stealth 2 Headsets with Bluetooth - video PIREP

A good headset is essential for safe and comfortable flying, but too often pilots are faced with a tough choice: pay over $1000 for a great headset, or buy a cheap one that is uncomfortable and lacking important features. Faro has solved this problem with their Stealth 2 Headsets. These sleek and stylish headsets have the high-end features you want, like Bluetooth input and active noise reduction, but at a price you can afford. Here's a video review.

 

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Carbon monoxide - what pilots need to know

Cold weather can mean better airplane performance and some beautiful winter sunrises, but it can also mean potential danger from the airplane's heating system. Here's what pilots need to know about carbon monoxide: where it comes from, how to prevent it from entering the cockpit, and what tools are available for detecting it.

 

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Finding the right ADS-B Out solution

What's the difference between 1090 and 978?

You probably know by now that most airplanes will have to be equipped with ADS-B Out by January 1, 2020, in order to meet the FAA mandate. Beyond that basic issue, though, there are still a lot of questions to consider. One of the first is 1090 vs. 978. That is, should you install an ADS-B Out transponder that works on the 1090 MHz frequency (sometimes called 1090ES) or the 978 MHz frequency (sometimes called a 978 UAT)?

 

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