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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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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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TV is back - how to use Apple TV and Roku to watch Sporty's courses

Mar 25, 2019

Technology often moves in waves: a new idea progresses from cutting edge to mainstream to outdated, often in the span of a few years. That’s certainly true when it comes to how pilots watch Sporty’s courses. Here are the trends we’re watching.

 

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My first encounter with Bose military headsets

Mar 19, 2019

Performance + Durability = Game Changer

We first arrived in the Iraqi desert early in 2004. The invasion dubbed “shock and awe” happened in 2003, so our battalion was part of the rebuilding phase. This was well before all the fancy armored vehicles appeared in theater. The “armor” on our trucks and humvees consisted of sheet metal we cut via torch and welded together. This armor “worked” for bullets, but not so much for IEDs. We would later learn the hard way that the IEDs were a much larger threat.

 

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6 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

Flight testing the Lightspeed Tango wireless headset

Mar 12, 2019

For pilots looking to clean up cockpit clutter without sacrificing premium features and performance, the cable-free convenience of Tango is the answer. The first premium wireless aviation headset, Tango delivers outstanding noise cancellation and renowned Lightspeed comfort, in addition to full Bluetooth integration and a brilliantly conceived user interface.

 

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