Sporty’s Takeoff App Expands at One Year Mark

Daily Proficiency App Adds New Contributors

Takeoff App

Launched at last year’s Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, Sporty’s Takeoff app continues to grow in popularity as a source of flying tips for active pilots. With new features like a widget for quick access to the latest stories and 3D touch shortcuts, Takeoff is an easy way to get your daily aviation fix.

“With tens of thousands of downloads, Sporty’s Takeoff app is the daily companion for pilots,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “We continue to improve the app with new features and have recently expanded our Takeoff team with a roster of interesting and accomplished pilots.”

Long-time flight instructor and ATP Amy Laboda will write articles on general proficiency topics as well as on the pain and pleasure of aircraft ownership. Matt Guthmiller was brought on to speak to younger pilots. As the youngest pilot to fly around the world solo, Matt will share exclusive video tips on flying technique. Patrick Carter is an A&P, ATP and former corporate pilot. He has also been a Cessna factory test pilot and is currently an Alaska bush pilot and will provide insight to Takeoff users from all those perspectives. Steve Thorne, aka Flight Chops, is likely the most popular YouTube pilot right now. He flies interesting airplanes and shares the lessons learned on his VLOG (video blog) which we will share on the Takeoff app. Former FLYING editor and EAA columnist Mac McClellan will share practical tips on cross-country flying.

These five pilots join Takeoff’s existing list of contributors: Air Faxts Editor Emeritus Richard Collins, Jason Miller from The Finer Points of Flying, Scott Dimmich, an on-air meteorologist and Takeoff’s weather expert, and the Sporty’s team of Bret Koebbe, Eric Radtke, and John Zimmerman.

The Takeoff app is free, but for $59.99/year pilots can subscribe to Takeoff Pro. This contains no advertising and presents double the content of the free version, including exclusive tips from the contributors above. A one-month free trial of Takeoff Pro is available so pilots may judge for themselves whether they want to subscribe. Both Takeoff and Takeoff Pro are available for download at the iTunes App Store. To subscribe to Takeoff Pro, visit



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Amy Laboda

Matt Guthmiller

Patrick Carter

Steve Thorne

Mac McClellan

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