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First look at the new Faro headsets

Jan 19, 2017

There have never been better options for premium aviation headsets, as companies like Bose, Lightspeed, David Clark and AKG battle to make the quietest, most comfortable headset on the market. The only problem is that most of these headsets cost $800 or even $1000. For pilots looking to spend less, there's an exciting new option from Faro. Their new Stealth headsets offer high performance without the high price, and are available in passive and active noise reduction models. We sent these headsets up for some test flights with our 24 flight instructors to see how they perform.

 

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4 Reasons the Nflightcam Suction Cup Makes a Great Camera Mount

Jan 11, 2017

There’s only one way to properly test a product: you have to fly with it and use it for yourself. This is my favorite excuse to go flying during a work day. In any case, at Sporty’s, we are sure to test all the products we fly with. For this flight, we used Nflightcam’s new suction cup mount, the Vacuum Suction Cup. I have to say that I was very well pleased with the results of the mount. Here’s what I liked best about it.

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Introducing Sporty's 2017 Learn to Fly Course

Jan 2, 2017

Our award-winning courses have helped over 50,000 pilots learn to fly or add a rating, but we’re never standing still. The Sporty’s Academy team is constantly adding new content and innovative features to make our Learn to Fly Course the best training product in aviation. For 2017, we’re proud to offer a full suite of upgrades that make flying safer, easier and more fun.

 

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10 hot topics in aviation - Sporty's annual trend report

Dec 27, 2016

Every year around this time, the team at Sporty's takes a moment to look back at the previous 12 months and offers some thoughts on the general aviation market - at least as we see it from Batavia, Ohio. 2016 was a busy year, both for Sporty's and for pilots in general, and here are 10 key trends we noticed.Read More
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Takeoff app adds new features

Dec 7, 2016

Sporty's Takeoff app keeps getting better. This innovative app is a valuable proficiency tool for pilots of all levels. New content is published every day of the year, including videos, articles, podcasts, news, and quizzes. The heart of Takeoff is the unique and high quality content, but a number of recent improvements have made the app easier to use. Now you can watch a video tip or read an article anywhere you have your iPhone or iPad. Here's what's new.

 

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Top 7 pilot watches

Nov 22, 2016

There's an old joke that says you can tell how experienced a pilot is by the length of his left arm - the heavy watch causes it to stretch, making it a few inches longer than the right arm. While this might not be 100% true, it illustrates the fact that pilots have a special appreciation for their watches. Not just a status symbol, the pilot's watch adds important features that can be used in the cockpit, like E6B computers and Zulu time display. Finding the best watch can be a challenge, so we've sorted through the options to find the seven most interesting and most popular aviator timepieces.

 

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2016 Gear of the Year Winners

Nov 17, 2016

We recently asked pilots to vote for their favorite gear, from ANR headsets to iPad accessories, in our 2016 Gear of the Year survey. After adding up all the votes (thanks for all the opinions!), we are now pleased to present the results of this mostly unscientific poll. The winners include some legendary products and some exciting new ones as well. 

 

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10 ways Sporty's makes it easy to buy the perfect headset

Nov 10, 2016

A headset is one of the most important investments a pilot will ever make, and not simply because of the expense. A quality aviation headset can protect your hearing, reduce fatigue and even improve flight safety. That's why Sporty's offers a variety of tools and resources to make your next headset purchase fast, easy and affordable. We are proud to be the #1 headset retailer in aviation. 

 

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8 unique features of our new Flight Gear High Performance bags

Nov 3, 2016

Flight bags are like airplanes. They're constantly changing to adapt to new technology, and yet there's no such thing as a single perfect design - everyone has their own wants and needs. In recognition of those two trends, Sporty's recently introduced a completely new selection of flight bags for general aviation pilots, called Flight Gear High Performance. These bags have a modern look and some unique new features, but with options for customizing each bag to match the mission.

 

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Which maintenance shops can you trust?

Oct 24, 2016

If you’re looking for a great restaurant, you can read reviews on Yelp or Open Table. If you want a nice hotel for your next vacation, TripAdvisor offers thousands of ratings so you won’t be disappointed. But what about maintenance shops and airplane mechanics? If your starter quits on a Sunday night while you’re hundreds of miles away from home, who can you trust to fix it? Does it even need to be fixed in the first place?

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