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Free wallpaper downloads

Jun 18, 2020

Want to add a little aviation twist to your next Zoom call or iPhone homescreen? Check out our collection of free wallpapers. Click on an image below for full size.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

TSO'd aviation headsets—what does it mean?

May 27, 2020

When going through the plethora of data available about aviation headsets, you will inevitably come across the abbreviation TSO. This stands for Technical Standard Order and it is the FAA’s way of saying an item is approved for use on an airplane. Why does that matter? We'll explain.

 

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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

David Clark passive headsets - how to choose the right one

May 19, 2020

The famous green domes of David Clark headsets have been around longer than most of us have been flying, with a legendary reputation for durability. A little known fact is that David Clark started in aerospace by making high altitude spacesuits for the military. Communication became part of the suits, so speakers and microphones were developed. David Clark made their first pilot headset in 1975 and quickly became a mainstay in cockpits around the world.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

Pilot's guide to flying with the GoPro HERO8

May 6, 2020

More and more pilots are flying with action cameras like GoPros to record their flights. While these tiny devices record stunning video, they are not the easiest products to use. To help you feel more confident shooting in-flight video, we asked Bret Koebbe, an active pilot and flight instructor who leads Sporty's video department, what he's learned after a decade of shooting with GoPros. This detailed article includes his suggestions for getting started, choosing camera settings, mounting a GoPro, and much more.

 

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13 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By Bret Koebbe

Hands-on with the new Garmin aera 760 GPS

Apr 29, 2020

It’s been four years since Garmin launched the aera 660, and some pilots have been wondering whether the avionics giant would ever develop another portable aviation GPS. Their electronic flight bag app, Garmin Pilot, has won thousands of fans over the years and their wireless weather receivers, like the GDL 52, are found in everything from 172s to Citations. Are those products the only option now? This week Garmin answered with an emphatic “no,” by introducing the impressive aera 760. We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and we like what we’ve seen.

 

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16 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Sporty’s offers FREE online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) to support CFIs

Apr 14, 2020

Many lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic and the aviation community has been hit particularly hard. Flight and ground instructors are without students and may be facing an additional hardship when it comes to renewing their flight instructor certificates. That’s why Sporty’s is pleased to offer its online eFIRC FREE as a convenient, effective, online renewal option.

 

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Sporty's awards latest Flight Crew scholarship

Apr 6, 2020

Vedant “Vedu” Ruia, of Tampa, FL, is the latest recipient of a $2,500 scholarship awarded through his membership in Sporty’s Flight Crew program. Ruia recently earned his Private Pilot certificate from Atlas Aviation at the Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF) near Tampa. He currently pilots a Colt Super Pelican light sport airplane based at the Tampa North Aero Park (X39).

 

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6 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Virtual fly-in helps pilots stay engaged

Mar 30, 2020

The Sun ‘n Fun Fun Aerospace Expo may be canceled this year, but Sporty’s is trying to help pilots get in the spring flying spirit while they’re at home. This week we're offering a variety of remote learning options, savings on popular pilots supplies, and even the chance to virtually ride along with airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff via YouTube.

 

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Invented Here: exclusive pilot supplies from Sporty's

Mar 9, 2020

Sporty’s test pilots search high and low for the best pilot supplies available, and when we can’t find a product that meets our stringent standards, we develop one that does. Sporty’s offers a huge selection of flight training tools, headsets, avionics and more—the gear you use every day to plan flights, keep the cockpit organized, and have fun in the airplane. Many are tried-and-true classics that have proven to be effective cockpit resources for years, plus new products that we’ve developed, tested and approved for inclusion in Sporty’s Pilot Shop.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Which fire extinguisher is right for pilots

Feb 17, 2020

Fire extinguishers and their ratings can get pretty confusing for those of us who have never had to use one and are simply looking to purchase one for our aircraft “just in case.” What is the difference between the types of extinguishing agents? What about the ratings? Which one works best for you? We'll offer some pilot-to-pilot advice in this article.

 

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