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Personal Locator Beacons vs. Iridium Satellite Communicators

Jul 10, 2019

What's the Difference?

Taking off in a general aviation airplane usually means leaving your connected world behind. Emails, text messages, and phone calls are not options at 7,000 feet in your typical Cessna or Cirrus. More seriously, some GA trips can take you off the grid even after landing - few cell phones work in the backcountry of Idaho or the remote islands of the Caribbean.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Visit Sporty's at AirVenture Oshkosh

Jul 10, 2019

The world's largest airshow starts July 22, 2019, and as usual Sporty's will be there in a big way. Our main tent is located in Outdoor Space #260, just outside of Exhibit Hangar B and Sporty's Wright Bros. Collection will be exhibiting inside Hangar B at booth #2159. We'll also be presenting three seminars throughout the week.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By JC Mayerle

Aviation Consumer Editor's Choice Awards - Gear of the Year

Jul 9, 2019

The Aviation Consumer aims to help pilots fly with the best, so each year they look for standout products in aviation that pilots need to know about. In the rapidly changing market where new products pop up every week, it's hard to sift through the mundane to find helpful and well-designed products. Here’s how Sporty’s stacked up against the competition in their most recent issue.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By JC Mayerle

Flight Bag Review - Which One Is Best?

Jun 13, 2019

There's no perfect flight bag for every pilot - it depends on the type of flying you do, the aircraft you fly, and your own personal preferences. With prices ranging from under $50 to well over $200, there are a lot to choose from. In this Product PIREP Video, Sporty's John Zimmerman reviews some of the best-selling options.

 

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Pilot's guide to portable oxygen systems

Jun 5, 2019

Oxygen systems are only for turbocharged airplanes and flights above 12,500 feet, right? Wrong. Even pilots of normally aspirated airplanes will find plenty of uses for a good portable system, from increasing passenger comfort to flying safer at night. Here's our advice for when to use oxygen and how to choose the right system.

 

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2 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By Doug Ranly

Complete panel upgrade for under $15,000

May 13, 2019

It has never been easier or less expensive to add the latest avionics innovations to your panel - even if your airplane is 50 years old. The big change in recent years is the availability of modular options at lower prices. It's no longer a choice between 1970s-era analog instruments and fully-integrated glass cockpits costing over $30,000; the latest equipment from Garmin, Aspen, Appareo, and others offers significant upgrades at reasonable prices. Here's a compelling example.

 

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3 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Philanthropy spotlight: flyGIRL

Apr 22, 2019

Foundation logoSporty's has a long history of giving back to aviation, with a particular focus on young people and the future of aviation. We simply think it's the right thing to do. In 2007, we formalized our philanthropic efforts by establishing The Sporty's Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting worthy aviation causes. In 2018, for example, the foundation donated over $225,000 to programs - and all with no overhead (Sporty's Pilot Shop underwrites all expenses).

This is the third in a series of articles where we'll highlight individual programs we support at The Sporty's Foundation. Our goal is to shine a light on some great organizations and encourage other pilots to support them.

 

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Visit Sporty's May 4th for Dog Days of Summer

Apr 19, 2019

Mark your calendar - the first Dog Days of Summer event is coming up on May 4 at Sporty’s. Join us at the Sporty's/Clermont County Airport (I69) for a seminar, cookout, and in-store only specials. It's a fun and relaxed day at the airport.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

ADS-B 101: what you need to know

Apr 16, 2019

In an industry famous for its ridiculous acronyms, ADS-B stands out for being uniquely confusing. Lots of pilots use the term, but not everyone really knows what it means. And who can blame them - it’s incredibly complicated. So what is ADS-B? Why should you care about it? Can you just ignore it? No. While ADS-B may be confusing, it’s probably the most important technological change you will have to deal with as a pilot over the next two decades. So it's worth the effort to learn this new language.

 

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7 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Which iPad do I have?

Apr 10, 2019

If you're shopping for a mount or kneeboard you'll quickly have to answer the question, "which iPad do I have?" It's not as simple as it might sound, so if you're not sure which model you have, you're not alone. Please note that we loathe the naming convention Apple has chosen for the iPads as much as you do. It’s difficult to be sure which iPad you have but if you need to look that information up here’s how you do so.

 

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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs iPad By John Zimmerman
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