Greg Webber grew up an outdoorsman near Boise, ID. Hunting, fishing, hiking, and even backcountry flying were a way of life. While Webber has spent a career in and around aviation working in firefighting, crew scheduling, operations, and more, he didn’t like the thought of the flight deck taking him away from his family. While not new to aviation, Webber is now at a point where he can make that dream of becoming a pilot a reality.
The Richard Collins family has once again partnered with Sporty’s to offer The Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots. To qualify, the writer must be a pilot (including student pilot) who is 24 years of age or younger. The article must be original, not previously published, and no longer than 1,500 words. The topic should be “a lesson I learned about myself because of flying.”
Bulky coats can get in the way in tight cockpits, which makes a lightweight, simple jacket perfect for small airplanes. Designed by pilots, the Flight Gear Lightweight Jacket is warm enough for cool days, yet light enough to wear in flight.
Sporty’s award winning PJ2 Hand-held COM Radio is now even better. The PJ2+ incorporates customer requested upgrades without sacrificing ease of use or value. Still the only handheld aviation radio that can be connected to standard aviation headset plugs without using a special adapter, the PJ2+ now includes a 3.5mm jack, 6 watts peak transmit power, an automatic noise limiter, and a high contrast backlit screen.
Sporty’s Crystal Christmas Ornament is an annual tradition for pilots, flight schools, FBOs, and aviation enthusiasts. This year’s ornament, the 38th in the series, features the Ercoupe.
Sporty’s award-winning pilot training courses are updated for 2023 with a number of significant enhancements that make training more engaging and more efficient. Updates for 2023 include new platforms, new resources, new videos, and new CFI tools.
Mike Petrucci has been enamored with aviation from a very early age. His father would take him to airshows and help foster his passion for flight. A close family friend, who was a pilot and operated a charter business, further encouraged his interest in flight. And a Young Eagles flight in 1998 was the final push Mike needed to know that he wanted to be a pilot.
Pilots have plenty of batteries to keep charged these days, from iPads to smartphones to portable ADS-B receivers, making backup batteries and cables essential equipment for the modern flight deck. Custom-designed by Sporty’s team of pilots, the new Flight Gear Battery Organizer and Flight Gear Roll Up Organizer have just enough room for these essentials without taking up too much space. They are the perfect addition to any pilot’s flight bag.
The updated Flight Gear Backup Battery is the pilot’s answer for charging mobile devices on the flight deck. This battery can charge multiple iPads and ADS-B receivers at the same time – even while those devices are in use. Now 20% smaller, the Flight Gear Battery Pack still packs 20,000mAh, enough to charge an iPad multiple times.