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Top 10 Products for the Aircraft Owner

Oct 15, 2018

Owning an airplane is incredibly rewarding: you can choose interior and avionics options to suit your unique mission, manage maintenance the way you prefer, and always know it will be available when you want to fly. Aircraft ownership also brings some responsibilities, including maintenance and paperwork. Fortunately, with the right equipment you can focus more on fun and less on work. Here's our list of 10 must-have products for aircraft owners.

 

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Garmin D2 Pilot Watch Buyer's Guide

Sep 27, 2018

Garmin's line of smartwatches made for pilots has grown over the years, and now includes six different models. The list of features has grown too, with everything from moving map GPS navigation to heart rate monitoring and even music streaming. Check out our buyer's guide below to compare features side-by-side.

 

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Sporty's is the official store of Women in Aviation International

Sep 20, 2018

Sporty's and Women in Aviation International (WAI) have been partners for decades, and now the two organizations have a new offering - a waide variety of WAI merchandise. The official WAI Store, hosted by Sporty's, offers shirts, hats, jackets, flight bags and more. You can shop anytime at sportys.com/WAI.

 

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Introducing the "Pilot Your Own Adventure" Contest

Aug 30, 2018

Sponsored by Sporty's and Flight Outfitters

Flying opens up a world of adventure, whether it's an epic flight to Alaska or a $100 hamburger run to a nearby airport restaurant. Now Sporty's and Flight Outfitters want you to share your favorite one, and get entered to win a grand prize package worth over $400, plus other prizes for weekly winners.

Did you know that one of the best ways to record a flying adventure is with a Stratus? In addition to delivering in-flight weather, traffic, GPS position, and backup attitude to your iPad, Stratus also includes a flight data recorder, which automatically logs all of your flights, complete with GPS position and attitude. Just share your most interesting Stratus track log with us to enter the contest: your first solo, a flight to Oshkosh, the perfect S-turn, a unique instrument approach, or whatever else you found memorable.

 

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Stereo vs Mono Headsets - what's the difference?

Aug 27, 2018

Buying your first headset can be confusing. There are a lot of things to consider: passive noise reduction (PNR) vs. active noise reduction (ANR), plug types, Bluetooth, aux inputs, ear seals, and finally mono vs. stereo. While we won’t tackle every subject in one blog, we will attempt to answer that age old question: Do I need a mono or stereo headset?

 

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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

New Takeoff App Contributor - The Candourist

Aug 22, 2018

Sporty's Takeoff app is your daily companion, with videos, articles, quizzes, podcasts, and aviation news that help you become a better pilot. It's free to download, but for access to every video and article, you'll want to subscribe to Takeoff Pro. This unlocks an additional 7-10 posts per week, including exclusive content from popular writers and well-known YouTube pilots. Read on to meet our newest Takeoff contributor.

 

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Sporty's Awards First Flight Crew Scholarship

Aug 7, 2018

David Ross of Afton, Tennessee, is the first recipient of a $2,500 scholarship awarded through his membership in the Sporty’s Flight Crew program. Dave plans to put this money toward an instrument rating.

 

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4 reasons pilots love the Bose A20 headset

Jul 22, 2018

Bose practically invented Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets in the 1990s, and since then they have remained the top-selling ANR headset brand in aviation. What makes their headsets so popular? In a word, balance. We just finished about three months of flight testing with the latest version of the A20, and found a satisfying mix of quiet, comfort, clarity and features. Here's our pilot report.

 

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4 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By John Zimmerman

Stratus Upgrade Program Announced

Jul 20, 2018

Stratus 3 is the latest generation of aviation's top weather receiver. It includes all the features that made previous models so popular, like subscription-free weather and traffic, plus new features and additional app support. Stratus 2S owners can receive a $200 rebate towards the purchase of a Stratus 3 with the Appareo Upgrade Program. Read on for details.

 

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iPad Weather Receiver Buyer's Guide

Jul 18, 2018

The ability to view datalink weather on your iPad has been one of the most significant advancements in portable avionics in recent decades. Whether you fly with ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, WingX, or FltPlan Go, you can now monitor NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, TFRs and much more. But first you need to choose the right receiver. Use this guide to compare all the options, from ADS-B to SiriusXM satellite weather, and find the best fit for your flying.

 

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