Sporty’s Awards Flight Crew Scholarship

Sporty’s Awards Flight Crew Scholarship

Adventurous Private pilot will put $2,500 award toward Instrument Rating

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.

Now Gordon, a current resident of Phoenix, Arizona, is the recipient of Sporty’s latest $2,500 flying scholarship awarded through her membership in Sporty’s Flight Crew program. “Learning to fly was the most arduous undertaking of my life yet my proudest accomplishment,” remarked Gordon. “I look forward to using this scholarship award toward my next goal of earning an Instrument Rating.”

After spending 10 years in Alaska, Gordon returned to the lower 48 to attend law school. She relocated to the Phoenix area to work as a public defender and soon rekindled her passion for flying. Gordon engaged the local chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, for guidance and support. She is currently using her Sporty’s Flight Crew membership to train for her flight review before embarking on her Instrument training. Gordon intends to pay it forward by continuing her work with the Ninety-Nines to support women in aviation.

Sporty’s Flight Crew is a three-level customer benefit program that rewards customers with access to training programs, unlimited free shipping, an on-call personal Sporty’s shopper, and more. The top two levels (gold and platinum) include the opportunity to apply for a $2,500 flying scholarship.

It’s easy to enroll as a Sporty’s Flight Crew member by visiting sportys.com/flightcrew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

For the pilot who has everything, Sporty’s has three unique gift ideas

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.

“We know how challenging it can be to find a memorable gift for an aviation enthusiast,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “That’s why we partnered with some of the most creative companies in aviation to create a dream list of gifts, sure to please even the pickiest pilots.”

For anyone who has dreamed of flying a loop, roll, or hammerhead during the afternoon airshow at AirVenture, Sporty’s is offering the next best thing with the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic Experience. This once-in-a-lifetime gift package puts you in the front seat of an Extra 300 showplane for an unforgettable flight with one of the world’s greatest aerobatic pilots. You’ll visit the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida, for one-on-one instruction with Patty herself. The package includes two online courses, two hours of ground school, two hours of flying with Patty, and some souvenirs to remember the flight. The complete package is available for $2,495.

If you’ve spent more time working from home this year, the Mad Dog Stabilizer Desk offers the ultimate upgrade, perfect for your next Zoom call. This stunning furniture is crafted from a retired American Airlines MD-80, rescued from the airplane boneyard in Roswell, New Mexico, by MotoArt.  Each Mad Dog Stabilizer Desk requires over 100 hours of labor to remove the elevator from the airplane, then acid wash, grind, and sand each section. Half-inch aluminum plate legs with a gusseted design are methodically welded together to enforce a strong and aesthetically striking base. The result is a shiny finish just like the classic American Airlines livery. The Mad Dog Stabilizer Desk is available for $16,500.

Finally, while the new Microsoft Flight Simulator has been getting lots of attention, pilots know that the ultimate simulator experience is found in a full-motion training device. That’s now available, in the form of the Redbird MX2, a single pilot, small footprint simulator that brings full-motion capabilities to your home. Occupying as little as 9’x 12’ of floor space, the MX2’s electric motion platform and wrap-around visuals offer multi-million dollar realism at a price well under $100,000. It’s approved by the FAA as an AATD, allowing you to log the training you receive in the MX2.

“Of course, if your budget isn’t quite high enough for these fantasy gifts, we have plenty of other excellent gift options,” said Zimmerman. “From flashlights to flight bags to radios, everything we sell has been tested by our team of pilots.”

Sporty’s complete holiday gift guide is available at Sportys.com/GiftGuide.

 

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New Flight Gear iPad Kneeboard Features Universal Design

New Flight Gear iPad Kneeboard Features Universal Design

Latest design works with or without cases and adds storage pockets  

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 its 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.

Sporty’s Flight Gear iPad Bi-fold kneeboard uses extra strong vinyl coated metal brackets that are held in place by hook and loop, allowing them to expand and contract to work with different sizes and thicknesses of tablets.

The new design also includes an integrated kickstand that is adjustable in height, and can be used in both portrait and landscape modes. “We’ve found that an iPad laying flat on your lap has a lot of glare,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Using the kickstand and angling the tablet towards you not only provides a better viewing angle, it also eliminates much of the glare.”

The side flap of the kneeboard has two flat pockets for storing charging cables and screen cleaning cloths. These flat pockets are constructed with extra soft, velvet style material to accept Sporty’s Gear Mods. Gear Mods allow you to further customize your kneeboard with additional pockets and organizers. A zipper pocket is perfect for backup batteries or small Bluetooth GPS units. The zipper has a protective flap so you don’t have to worry about damaging your tablet screen when it is closed.  The center of the kneeboard has two loops for holding a stylus, pen, or even a small flashlight.  There is even a hole that allows you to fold the side flap underneath the board when not in use while still utilizing the elastic knee strap.

Closing the kneeboard reveals a well-designed front flap with an ID holder for a business card. A flat pocket provides just enough space for a chart, checklist, or small notepad.  The kneeboard features two extra-thick padded strips that provide comfort and increased stability while the kneeboard is strapped to your leg.

Sporty’s Flight Gear iPad Bi-fold kneeboard is available in two sizes. The Flight Gear Mini Bi-Fold Kneeboard [5828A] fits iPad Minis 1-5 and some other 8” size tablets. The Flight Gear iPad Bi-Fold Kneeboard [6193A] is designed to fit 9.7” to 11” iPads, but the movable brackets allow it to fit most other sizes too. Each kneeboard is available for $34.95. All Sporty’s iPad products may be purchased at sportys.com or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

 

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Sporty’s Celebrates 15 Years on YouTube With Expanded Content

Sporty’s Celebrates 15 Years on YouTube With Expanded Content

From flying tips to product reviews, the pilots at Sporty’s share videos every week

Sporty’s is celebrating 15 years on YouTube with its most ambitious schedule of content yet. Over 150 new videos have been uploaded so far in 2020, ranging from in-depth product reviews and technical how-tos to flight training tips and webinar recordings. Pilots have responded, with the channel receiving over 3.6 million views in less than a year.

“Being a pilot means more than just sitting in the left seat, and a high quality video is a great way to keep your head in the clouds while you’re on the ground,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Our goal is to give pilots the inspiration and information they need to keep flying safe, affordable, and fun.”

Sporty’s YouTube channel is organized into multiple playlists to help pilots find the right video for them. Some of the most popular playlists include:

  • Video Tip of the Week: new tips every week, taken from Sporty’s award-winning Learn to Fly and Instrument Rating courses
  • Ask a Sporty’s CFI: five minute tips for safer flying, from the experienced instructional staff at Sporty’s Academy
  • Product PIREPs: hands-on flight tests with the latest new products, from headsets to smartwatches
  • Touch & Go: simple and quick how-to videos for using radios, ADS-B receivers, and E6Bs
  • Flight Simulators: a growing list of videos to help pilots set up Microsoft Flight Simulator and use it efficiently
  • Webinars: complete recordings of Sporty’s webinar series, with in-depth presentations on hot topics in aviation

There are plenty of fun flying videos, too. Sporty’s hosted a “virtual airshow” this summer with product specials, contests, and new videos. This playlist includes product demos from select Sporty’s partners and even an airshow routine from legendary pilot Patty Wagstaff. This thrilling video, shot with an interactive 360-degree camera, has quickly become one of the most popular videos on Sporty’s channel.

Sporty’s has also partnered with other YouTube stars for exclusive videos. This includes the Back to Base series with JP Schulze (better known as the Candourist), which takes viewers on a variety of flights around the US and New Zealand. An upcoming collaboration with Baron Pilot will bring a new flight training series in 2021.

Sporty’s YouTube channel can be found at YouTube.com/SportysPilotShop or in the YouTube app. To watch even more Sporty’s videos, download the Pilot Training app for iOS and Android devices, which includes over 25 aviation courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck the Halls with a Cherokee

Deck the Halls with a Cherokee

Celebrate the holidays with Sporty’s ornament

Sporty’s Crystal Christmas Ornament is an annual tradition for pilots, flight schools, FBOs, and aviation enthusiasts. This year’s ornament, the 36th in the series, features the Piper Cherokee.

“You’d think we would have run out of airplanes pilots love to feature on our Christmas ornament,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Even we were surprised when we realized Sporty’s had never featured a Cherokee.”

The Cherokee is a family of two-seat light aircraft built by Piper Aircraft starting in 1960 through present day. Designed for flight training and personal use, the Cherokee is one of the most known low winged aircraft in aviation history.

 Sporty’s custom-etched Piper Cherokee Ornament includes a bright red ribbon for hanging along with an insert card describing the airplane. Boxed for gift giving, Sporty’s 2020 Crystal Christmas Ornament [9833A] is available for $24.95 and may be purchased at sportys.com or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sporty’s Introduces 2021 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty’s Introduces 2021 Learn to Fly Course

Updates include new online platform, flight simulator syllabus and document upload tool

The latest version of Sporty’s award winning Learn to Fly Course adds a host of features to help pilots save time and money during flight training. From passing the knowledge test to flying safely after the checkride, it’s a complete companion for student pilots and rusty pilots alike. The course is available on multiple platforms, including iOS and Android devices, and a one time purchase includes lifetime access.

“Now more than ever, a home study course is an important way for pilots to keep their skills sharp and customize their learning experience,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “Our course is designed to be hassle-free: use it on any of your devices without ever worrying about progress syncing or subscriptions expiring.”

The heart of Sporty’s course has always been the 15+ hours of dynamic HD video that puts the viewer in the airplane, supplemented by sophisticated 3D animations. The 2021 edition continues this focus with plenty of new video, including segments on how to use flight following with air traffic control, how to plan a cross-country flight with an iPad, and how to use ForeFlight’s Imagery tab. Plus, dozens of smaller updates include the latest technology and regulation changes, so pilots are always up-to-date. The course even includes the latest airman testing updates from the FAA.

 New online features

Sporty’s online learning platform has been completely redesigned for 2021 to make it faster, easier to use, and completely mobile-friendly. Menus are easy to access on different screen sizes and video automatically streams at the highest quality possible, based on the internet connection.

Knowledge test prep tools have also been upgraded to be more versatile. Now pilots can build their own study sessions from any keyword. Just search for a topic and start studying relevant questions, pulled from Sporty’s exclusive database of over 1,000 test questions.

To extend flight training beyond the airplane, Sporty’s course now includes a detailed lesson guide for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Developed by the flight instructors at Sporty’s Academy, this document includes tips for getting started, plus 14 suggested simulator training flights, complete with objectives, scenarios, tasks to accomplish, and performance goals to further enhance simulator flying.

 “We’ve seen tremendous interest in Microsoft’s new flight simulator program, and we believe it can be used as more than just a game,” said Radtke. “This new syllabus will help pilots go beyond fun flights and practice important maneuvers in a structured and thoughtful way.”

 Once a pilot has completed the video segments and test prep study sessions, Sporty’s enhanced flashcard mode is a great way to study for the knowledge test or checkride without seeing multiple choice answers. This feature allows pilots to digitally flip the cards and see how well important topics have been mastered while focusing on correct answer choices

 Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course includes dozens of helpful documents in the library section, from FAA textbooks to important Advisory Circulars. Now pilots can upload their own documents, whether it’s a scanned copy of an airplane’s manual or a flight school’s training documents. This is a simple and reliable way to keep all training materials in one place, and a solid backup.

New app features

Highlight an important segment of the training syllabus, type notes in the Airplane Flying Handbook, or draw helpful diagrams on an Advisory circular—it’s all possible with the new annotation tools in Sporty’s Pilot Training app for iOS. Simply tap the pen icon at the top of the screen and to display a full suite of options. These intuitive controls work with or without an internet connection, and are available for any document in the Pilot Training app.

Another convenient addition to the Pilot Training app is dark mode. This changes the app layout to show light text on a dark background, which can reduce eye strain and extend battery life on your device (it also looks pretty cool).

Sporty’s course was the first to include a custom Apple TV app, perfect for watching video segments on a large screen TV. The latest version of Sporty’s Apple TV app has an all-new design that’s easier to use, but stays in sync with the iOS, Android, and online apps. It also includes the free Get Started course, packed with tips for finding a flight school and beginning your training.

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course [E1753A] includes free lifetime updates and may be purchased for $249 at sportys.com/courses or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS. Existing users have access to all new features and content automatically.

 

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Cessna 172 Skyhawk PlaneTag™

Cessna 172 Skyhawk PlaneTag®

Exclusively made for Sporty’s Wright Brothers Collection

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk, first introduced by the Cessna Aircraft Company in 1955, is the most popular single-engine aircraft ever built. More 172s have been produced than any other aircraft and it still remains in production today.

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk PlaneTag is a chance to own a piece of this well-loved aircraft. These PlaneTags were salvaged from a Cessna 172K model, tail # N7262G. This Cessna 172 was one of 759 built in 1970, making 2020 the 50th anniversary for this particular aircraft.

PlaneTags are hand selected, cut, and stamped, to be truly one-of-a-kind. Each piece will look like no other, and will be assigned a number in the series.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a pilot who hasn’t flown a 172,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “PlaneTags are a practical memento from many pilots’ training experience.”

The Cessna 172 PlaneTag [3067W] is available for $29.99 and may be purchased at wright-bros.com or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

 

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New Flight Gear Charging Cables

New Flight Gear Charging Cables

Won’t Interfere with Avionics

Pilots have plenty of batteries to keep charged these days, from iPads to smartphones to portable ADS-B receivers. There are a lot of options when it comes to selecting a charging cable, but how many of them actually work?  Inferior charging cables can tangle, break and even cause interference with avionics.

To solve these problems Sporty’s developed the Flight Gear USB to Lightning braided cable and the USB to USB-C braided cable. These specially designed cables are perfectly suited for the cockpit. “Any time you add an electronic device to the cockpit, you run the risk of interference with the radios,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “We’re very concerned about that problem, so we’ve tested the Flight Gear Charging Cables in multiple aircraft and through hundreds of flight hours to ensure they won’t become a nuisance in the plane.”

Each cable has a braided nylon sleeve to help resist tangles, kinks and knots. The plugs are cased in high-end aluminum to ensure that these cables will stand up to the most demanding environments, airborne and on land. The USB to Lightning Cable is MFi certified and will work with all lightning plug devices. Each Cable measures just over three feet in length.

The Flight Gear USB to Lightning Braided Cable [5472A] and the Flight Gear USB to USB-C Braided Cable [6317A] are available for $14.95. Each may be purchased at sportys.com or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

 

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New Flight Gear Sunglasses Are Made for Flying

New Flight Gear Sunglasses Are Made for Flying

Handmade in Italy exclusively for Sporty’s

Sporty’s new Flight Gear Captain’s Sunglasses are loaded with pilot friendly features. These high-quality sunglasses are lightweight yet durable which make them perfect for those long cross country flights. The non-polarized lenses are ideal for viewing iPads or phones, and won’t cause instruments to fade at certain viewing angles. The iconic Aviator style provides ultimate coverage and sun protection.

“When we set out to design the perfect sunglasses for pilots, we had three goals,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “The lens had to work with iPads and glass cockpits, the temples couldn’t interfere with ANR headsets, and the price had to be under $100. The Flight Gear Captain’s Sunglasses hit all three.”

Sporty’s Flight Gear Captain’s Sunglasses feature:

Flight Deck Friendly Lens

The flight deck friendly lens sharpens your view while eliminating glare. These ultra-high-definition lenses have a green tint to minimize blue light interference.

Tapered Temples

The most abused part of your sunglasses is the hinge. Flight Gear sunglasses feature a custom tapered hinge that provides the maximum amount of durability where you need it most. The temple tapers down to a smaller form to not interfere with your headset.

Spring Hinges

These unique hinges provide a custom fit. Most sunglasses will open to a predetermined point. If your head is wider than that point, your head will feel increased side pressure. The hinges on these Flight Gear sunglasses allow the temples to go further than the width of the sunglasses, reducing the amount of side pressure.

Lightweight, high strength frames

The frames are made from high-quality Italian metals that offer a premium feel without the additional weight typical in other metal frames. We have put them through tests and have been pleasantly surprised by the extreme strength they display. These frames will easily put up with day to day abuse or being thrown in a flight bag until you’re ready to fly.

Each pair of Flight Gear Captain’s Sunglasses come with a molded crush-resistant case and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Lens measures 58mm across and frames are offered in gold or black. The Flight Gear Captain’s Sunglasses [3150A] are available for $89.95 by calling 1-800-SPORTYS or at sportys.com.

 

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The Sporty’s Foundation supports EAA with $25,000 Matching Fund Donation

The Sporty’s Foundation supports EAA with $25,000 Matching Fund Donation

Sporty’s and their customers pitch in to give general aviation a boost

With the cancellation of this year’s AirVenture, pilots were unable to attend the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA lost revenue that helps support its important work for general aviation and youth programs. In the spirit of supporting general aviation and helping EAA, Sporty’s launched a matching funds campaign through The Sporty’s Foundation.  This fundraiser was supported by Sporty’s customers throughout the month of July during Sporty’s Virtual Air Show.

“Sporty’s and EAA have been partners for decades, with a relentless focus on growing participation in aviation,” said Michael Wolf, Sporty’s President and CEO. “The important work of inspiring the next generation of pilots does not stop because AirVenture is on hold for a year, and hopefully this gift will help that work continue.”

The call to support EAA resonated with many pilots who chose to donate and do their part to help in a difficult time.  The most common donations received were in the amounts equal to an AirVenture admission charge.  In total, over $38,000 was donated to EAA by both Sporty’s customers and The Sporty’s Foundation.

 

 

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