Sporty’s Launches Second Aerobatics Course with Patty Wagstaff

Sporty’s Launches Second Aerobatics Course with Patty Wagstaff

Basic Aerobatics covers the fundamentals of loops, rolls, and spins

Five months after announcing a partnership to develop online aerobatics training, Sporty’s and Patty Wagstaff have introduced a second course, Basic Aerobatics. This detailed course is a great complement to in-airplane training and explores three essential aerobatic maneuvers in all their varieties: loops, rolls, and spins.

“The flight instructors at Sporty’s Academy and Patty Wagstaff Aviation Safety share the same goal: to make flying safer and more fun,” said Wagstaff. “These courses do exactly that, by taking pilots beyond straight and level to see what high performance flying is all about.”

In Basic Aerobatics, viewers will go flying in a Super Decathlon over the beautiful beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, for a detailed look at everything from basic loops to hesitation rolls. Wagstaff explains every maneuver step-by-step, complete with sophisticated animations, and tips for better technique. She also answers frequently asked questions and provides solutions to common errors. The course presents techniques for each aerobatic maneuver when in an airplane without an inverted fuel and oil system, so this course is perfect whether you’re flying a high performance showplane or a Cessna Aerobat.

“We’ve worked hard to make it feel like you’re riding along with Patty in the airplane,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “Beautiful HD video shows the pilot’s perspective for each maneuver and split-screen segments simultaneously show the flight controls, flight instruments, and views out each window. The course even includes bonus 360-degree videos showing Patty flying each maneuver.”

Basic Aerobatics with Patty Wagstaff [#E905A] is available for $99.99. Volume 1 in the series, Intro to Aerobatics [#E312A], is available for $49.99, and both courses can be purchased as a bundle [#E936A] for $129.99. Basic Aerobatics can be accessed, along with all of Sporty’s course offerings, on Sporty’s award-winning Pilot Training platform. This provides the ultimate flexibility by allowing pilots to train using the device that works best on any given day: access online in a web browser, in Sporty’s Pilot Training app for iOS and Android, on AppleTV or RokuTV. Access to all platforms is included and course progress always stays in sync.

For more information or to purchase a course please visit sportys.com/aerobatics.

 

 

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Sporty’s Awards Next Flight Crew Scholarship

Sporty’s Awards Next Flight Crew Scholarship

Private pilot with desire to give back to the aviation community receives $2,500 award

Jeff Goodsill of Sudbury, MA, is the recipient of Sporty’s latest $2,500 flying scholarship awarded through his membership in Sporty’s Flight Crew program. Jeff is a Private pilot working toward his Instrument Rating and is flying a Cessna 172 Skyhawk through the Aero Club of New England at the Hanscom Field Airport in Bedford, MA (KBED).

Jeff’s interest in flying was sparked at an early age through home simulators. His growing passion for aviation would later translate to gliders and airplanes. Jeff currently devotes most of his time to studying for his Instrument Rating with the goal of completing his training this summer. Following instrument, he intends to transition into Commercial pilot followed by Certified Flight Instructor training so that he can give back to the aviation community.

“My overall goal is to become one of the best flight instructors out there,” remarked Goodsill. “I believe my passion for flying will be transferred to many others. Like others before me, I will give back what has been passed onto me for the benefit of many.”

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.

 

 

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Sporty’s Launches Virtual Airshow Experience

Sporty’s Launches Virtual Airshow Experience

Oshkosh is canceled but the aviation celebration isn’t

Today Sporty’s kicked off its first ever virtual airshow, a five-week-long series of events and experiences that will be hosted on Sportys.com and various social media platforms. In addition to new product introductions and show specials, Sporty’s will also offer weekly webinars, live stream events, contests, and fun flying videos. The goal is to keep pilots connected and excited about aviation, no matter what their flying plans are this summer.

“AirVenture is our favorite week of the year, where we get to meet thousands of customers, show off the latest products, and see amazing airplanes in action,” said Sporty’s President Michael Wolf. “But while we can’t be together in Wisconsin, we hope we can help recreate some of the Oshkosh atmosphere online.”

Webinar topics include what’s new in aviation headsets, practical tips for flying with an iPad, how to use flight simulators to stay current, proficiency strategies from Sporty’s team of flight instructors, and an interactive IFR quiz hour. Sporty’s will also host webinars from other companies, including ForeFlight and Redbird. Limited time Virtual Airshow specials will be available on a variety of products, from training courses and headsets to flight bags and avionics.

Other events include a virtual exhibit hangar video series, with exclusive videos from major aviation brands, live stream sessions with Sporty’s product experts, and weekly contests. There’s plenty of fun planned as well, including a live stream concert from Sporty’s video host and longtime musician Rob Reider and a virtual airshow routine from legendary performer Patty Wagstaff. At the end of July, one Sporty’s Flight Crew member will be awarded a $2,500 flight training scholarship.

Sporty’s is also encouraging pilots to give back during this challenging airshow season, with The Sporty’s Foundation Matching Gift Initiative. For every dollar Sporty’s customers donate to EAA this July, up to $25,000, the foundation will match it. There is no overhead, so 100% of donations will go to the area of greatest need at EAA. Donations of any amount are accepted, and Sporty’s is asking pilots to consider an amount equal to their expected ticket fee for AirVenture 2020.

“Sporty’s and EAA have been partners for decades, with a relentless focus on growing participation in aviation,” said Wolf. “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.”

Sporty’s 2020 Virtual Airshow runs from June 29 to August 2. For a complete schedule of events, visit Sportys.com/Airshow.

 

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Show Your Love of Flying with Sporty’s Masks

Show Your Love of Flying with Sporty’s Masks

Protect those around you as well as yourself

Sporty’s has launched its own series of masks that are all about aviation. Wear one of these masks to show your enthusiasm for aviation, even when you’re not at the airport.

The masks are made of 4-layered CDC compliant fabric. The lining and the interior fabric are 100% cotton and the exterior fabric is soft-spun poly. Masks have adjustable bands so one size fits most, and include a pocket for a filter. They are machine washable and measure about 7” x 5”.

Two styles are available:

Keep Calm and Fly On Mask: playing off the British slogan in use during World War II of “Keep calm and carry on,” the slogan has been adapted with an aviation message. This mask is blue with the slogan in white.

flyGIRL Mask: This mask features the flyGIRL logo surrounded by aircraft on a blue background. A portion of every flyGIRL sale goes to support the group’s scholarship fund, which awards $5,000 to a woman (young or old) who is pursuing flight training.

Sporty’s Keep Calm and Fly On Mask [6032A] and Sporty’s flyGIRL Mask[3140A]  are each available for $14.99 and may be ordered at sportys.com or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

 

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Free Getting Started Course Available From Sporty’s

Free Getting Started Course Available From Sporty’s

Provides helpful resources to begin your pilot training

Learning to fly is a process, but oftentimes the most confusing part is taking that first step. How do you find a flight school? What should you ask a prospective flight instructor? What’s the difference between a Sport Pilot and Private Pilot certificate? Sporty’s has recently released a new course to help answer these questions, and it’s completely free.

The course, called Get Started with Learning to Fly, features videos, articles, and other resources for the brand-new pilot. This includes:

  • Four video segments covering the basics of learning to fly, finding a flight school, and what a first lesson looks like
  • A twelve-part article series that addresses common questions, like Part 61 vs. 141 schools, FAA medical requirements, and cost
  • A flight school directory, searchable by zip code, with contact information for nearby schools
  • A high-resolution Cessna 172 cockpit poster, great for getting acquainted with a common training airplane
  • Helpful links to other resources and essential pilot supplies.

The course works on a variety of devices, including web browsers, iOS devices, and Android devices. The course is 100% free, but registration is required. You can sign up here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sporty’s updates Cessna Skyhawk training fleet to TAA standards

Sporty’s updates Cessna Skyhawk training fleet to TAA standards

Garmin G5 installations replace antiquated vacuum systems

Sporty’s has upgraded its Cessna Skyhawk fleet to meet technically advanced aircraft (TAA) standards and provide greater safety and reliability to pilots. Dual Garmin G5 installations were recently completed, delivering bright LCD color instrument displays and a modern cockpit to its Cessna fleet.

Combining information from a number of traditional flight instruments, including attitude, airspeed, altitude, and more, the Garmin G5 attitude indicator makes flight information easier to scan so pilots can respond quickly and intuitively. The addition of the second G5 display for heading/HSI guidance, provides pilots with backup attitude redundancy. The secondary G5 will automatically revert to displaying attitude information in the unlikely event of a failure of the primary attitude indicator.

For added protection and safety, each G5 display is equipped with a backup lithium-ion battery providing 4 hours of emergency operation in case of electrical failure. The weight of the Skyhawks was reduced during the upgrade resulting in an increase in useful load.  This benefit was realized through the removal of vacuum pumps that supported the traditional attitude and heading indicator.

“Mechanical gyros don’t stand up well in the training environment,” said Sporty’s Academy Chief Instructor, Eric Radtke. “The dual, G5 installations are safer, deliver more information with better reliability, and provide our customers training flexibility with a TAA-equipped aircraft.”

The TAA Skyhawk fleet is now an option for Sporty’s students to fulfill the Commercial pilot training requirement of 10 hours in a complex airplane or TAA. Given that fewer aircraft are available that meet the definition of complex, Sporty’s TAA-equipped aircraft offer greater training flexibility at a more economical price. For an aircraft to be technically advanced, it must be equipped with an electronic primary flight display, multifunction display, and two-axis autopilot.

Sporty’s Cessna Skyhawk fleet is available for recreational to career pilot training and rentals. Pilot training is provided by Sporty’s flight school, Sporty’s Academy, an FAA Part 141-approved training academy based at the Clermont County Airport (I69) in Batavia, Ohio.

For more information, and to explore pilot training programs, please visit SportysAcademy.com.

 

 

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Don’t Panic When Your Device Displays a Low Power Warning

Don’t Panic When Your Device Displays a Low Power Warning

Sporty’s Dual USB Quick Charger to the rescue

Modern cockpits are filled with portable avionics, and keeping these devices charged is essential for safe operations. iPads, smartphones, tablets, GPS units, ADS-B receivers and, XM Weather receivers all need power to do their job.

Now you can keep your devices fully charged with the Flight Gear Dual USB Quick Charger. Two Quick Charge USB ports provide up to 6.0 amps (3.0 amps each), giving plenty of power to an iPad and a Stratus at the same time — no more searching for which port is 1 amp and which is 2 amps. The universal design works in 12-volt and 24-volt aircraft.

Besides charging your devices, an integrated LED screen displays the voltage of the power receptacle. When you plug a USB device into it, the screen changes to show the amount of amps your device is drawing. The USB ports and screen are mounted to a bracket. This bracket pivots up to 45 degrees to provide a better viewing angle.

“This handy feature makes it easy to see in a glance how many amps your device is pulling,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman.

The LED screen will blink if low voltage is detected. That’s below 12 volts or between 18 to 24 volts. The smart power management circuit design of the Dual USB Quick Charger has over-current and over-charge protection to keep your devices safe while providing optimal charging capabilities.

Measuring just 4.25” x 1.8” x 1.1”, the Flight Gear USB Quick Charger [3033A] is available for $18.95 by calling 1-800-SPORTYS or at sportys.com.

 

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Sporty’s Releases Updated Flight Review Course

Sporty’s Releases Updated Flight Review Course

New video segments make course the perfect at-home refresher

Sporty’s has updated and expanded its popular Flight Review Course, adding new content focused on flight proficiency and stick and rudder skills. The addition of flight maneuvers training, featuring step-by-step instructions, helps pilots prepare for the flight portion of their next flight review and also makes a great review for anyone who hasn’t flown recently.

“We know that many pilots’ flight time has been limited lately,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “We believe this updated course is a valuable resource for staying current and preparing for a summer filled with flying.”

A number of new video segments have been added, including: tips on using the Graphical Forecast for Aviation, a review of the latest requirements for ADS-B transponders, a detailed look at crosswind landings, tips on how to recover from less than perfect landings, and practical advice for better slow flight and stalls. When combined with existing segments—like flying with iPads in the cockpit, flying under BasicMed, ADS-B weather, and runway safety—Sporty’s Flight Review Course is a complete refresher. It’s packed with over two and a half hours of dynamic video and animations, plus an interactive review quiz and a helpful document library.

Under new FAA regulations, some pilots are able to extend their flight review expiration for up to three months, in part by completing three FAA safety courses. Many of Sporty’s courses, including Flight Review, are accepted by the FAA for WINGS credit, making them an easy and affordable way to satisfy the new training requirements.

Sporty’s Flight Review Course [#E401A] is available for $39.99. It can be accessed, along with all of Sporty’s course offerings, on Sporty’s award-winning Pilot Training platform. This provides the ultimate flexibility by allowing pilots to train using the device that works best on any given day: access online in a web browser, in Sporty’s Pilot Training app for iOS and Android, on AppleTV or RokuTV. Access to all platforms is included and course progress always stays in sync. For more information or to purchase a course please visit Sportys.com/PilotTraining.

 

 

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Limited Edition Sporty’s Skyhawk Die-Cast Model Available

Limited Edition Sporty’s Skyhawk Die-Cast Model Available

Model fashioned after Sporty’s flightline Skyhawk

Sporty’s die-cast Skyhawk model is a reminder for many pilots of their student pilot days. For others, the Skyhawk is simply a well-loved aircraft model.

First flown in 1955, and still in production today, more Skyhawks have been built than any other aircraft. This 1:72 scale die-cast replica features detailed printed graphics, realistic landing gear, see-through cockpit, and a rotating propeller.

An included display stand lets you customize the flight configuration. Officially licensed by Cessna, this model measures four inches long with a six-inch wingspan.

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

Sportys’s Cessna 172 Skyhawk Die-Cast Model [5445W] is available for $49.95 and may be purchased at wright-bros.com or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

 

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Sporty’s Extends Headset Test Flight Guarantee to 60 Days

Sporty’s Extends Headset Test Flight Guarantee to 60 Days

Many pilots have seen their flight time greatly reduced or even paused during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sporty’s wants to help reassure pilots they will have ample time to evaluate their headset purchase and has increased the duration of their popular Test Flight Guarantee from 30 to 60 days. This guarantee now gives pilots additional time to take their headset flying and make sure it’s the right choice.

“During these difficult times, we realize it may take longer than normal to evaluate a purchase,” said John Zimmerman, Sporty’s Pilot Shop Vice President. “We want our customers to feel confident that they will have the necessary time to try out their new headset in real world conditions.”

The Test Flight Guarantee is just one of several tools Sporty’s makes available for pilots to choose and purchase a headset. There are extensive buying tools available at sportys.com, including headset webinars, detailed blog posts, and even a dedicated pilot advisor ([email protected]) to answer additional questions. Pilots can also count on same day shipping, guaranteed lowest prices, and convenient payment options—including PayPal financing that offers no interest for six months.

Participation in the Test Flight Guarantee is automatic and is included with the purchase of any headset from Sporty’s. Customers can take their new headset flying and make sure it’s the right choice for them and their aircraft. If they are not thrilled, customers simply return the headset within 60 days in the same condition as purchased. Sporty’s will exchange it for another headset or refund the purchase price, at the direction of the customer.

Sporty’s is an authorized dealer for Bose, Lightspeed, David Clark, Sigtronics, Telex, Clarity Aloft, Faro, and ASA headsets. To see the complete selection, visit sportys.com/headsets.