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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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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

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


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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

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

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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4 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Visit Sporty's at AirVenture Oshkosh

Jul 12, 2018

We've got 3 locations this year! 

Sporty’s main tent is located in Outdoor Space #260, just outside of Exhibit Hangar B. The Stratus Booth is inside Hangar C, Booth #3147 located right across from ForeFlight. New for this year, Sporty's Wright Bros. Collection will be exhibiting inside Hangar B at booth #2159.

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Flight Crew spotlight: flying scholarships

Jun 21, 2018

As a Gold or Platinum member of Sporty's Flight Crew, you'll have access to over a dozen benefits for the active pilot. Enjoy free shipping, unlimited access to Sporty’s training courses, a pro subscription to Sporty's Takeoff app, exclusive savings, and much more. One additional benefit is access to $2,500 flight training scholarships. Here's how to apply.


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2 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

New Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset - Hands-on Flight Test Review

Jun 11, 2018

ProFlight is the first new headset from Bose since 2010, and it’s a completely new design that’s specifically made for professional pilots. In fact, it’s unlike any other aviation headset we’ve ever seen. We spent a week flying with ProFlight in a variety of airplanes and overall we were impressed. Here’s our hands-on review.


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