Category: Press Releases

  • Sporty’s marks 60 years in aviation with online celebration

    In 1961, a young flight instructor named Hal Shevers began selling pilot supplies from the trunk of his Studebaker, with the goal of making general aviation safer, easier, and more fun. Sixty years later, Sporty’s has long since outgrown that first “warehouse,” but the company is still focused on Hal’s goal. Today, the company announced the start of a six week birthday party, featuring special savings, customer contests, and livestreams from Sporty’s headquarters.

  • Sporty’s Better Barf Bag Makes a Bad time Better

    Getting motion sickness in a small aircraft is not a pleasant experience and conventional air sickness bags only make matters worse. Having to pull a folded garbage bag out of a small paper envelope and then trying to use a twist tie to seal it up while bouncing around on a hot summer day is awful. The Better Barf Bag was designed by pilots who understand this.

  • Sporty’s Flight Gear Gets a Makeover

    Sporty’s Flight Gear was first introduced 30 years ago to offer pilots reliable flight bags with aviation-specific features, all at affordable prices. Since then, hundreds of thousands of pilots have chosen Flight Gear to protect and organize important aviation gear, from first lesson to airline cockpit. As technology and pilot preferences evolve, Sporty’s Flight Gear must change to keep pace.

  • Call for Entries: The Third Annual Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots

    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 an event that changed or shaped the author’s flying.

  • Sporty’s Awards Flight Crew Scholarship

    Cory Gordon had two dreams while growing up in Virginia – to live in Alaska and to become a pilot. After graduating from high school, she said goodbye to her family and moved to Alaska. While Gordon had an interest in flying airplanes from a young age, it was experiencing general aviation as a way of life in Alaska that inspired her to take a discovery flight in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Gordon would go on to earn her Private pilot certificate in Anchorage.

  • Sporty’s Launches “Ultimate Pilot Wish List” Just in Time for Christmas

    Finding the perfect aviation gift can be a daunting task, especially for those people who seem to snap up the latest headset or smartwatch as soon as it’s announced. This holiday season, Sporty’s has the answer for these hard-to-shop-for pilots, with a collection of three extraordinary gifts. From an aerobatic experience with Patty Wagstaff to a desk crafted from an MD-80, you can rest assured that they haven’t bought these already.

  • New Flight Gear iPad Kneeboard Features Universal Design

    Kneeboards have changed drastically over the last 30 years. Once used for charts and flight plan forms, kneeboards are now used to hold the most trusted navigational tool: an iPad, or tablet. To meet the evolving needs of pilots, Sporty’s has redesigned our most popular kneeboard. The Flight Gear iPad Bi-fold kneeboard has been updated based on pilot feedback, to include movable brackets that allow for almost any iPad/tablet case combination and more flexible organization options.