Authors Posts by John Zimmerman

John Zimmerman

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John knows how lucky he is to go to work every day at an airport. As Vice President of Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s Catalog Division, he says, “I get to hang around airplanes all the time, flying regularly and testing new products for the catalog.” Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. Despite his love of low and slow flight, John says, “I love the challenge of IFR flying in the system. Seeing the runway lights as you break out on approach is a thrill.”

Faro offers two new headsets perfect for student pilots

There have never been better options for premium aviation headsets, as companies like Bose, Lightspeed, David Clark and AKG battle to make the quietest, most comfortable headset on the market. The only problem is that most of these headsets cost $800 or even $1000. For pilots looking to spend less, there's an exciting new option from Faro.
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5 ways to give a terrible intro flight

One of the great traditions in aviation is, soon after you earn your pilot's license, to take a friend or family member up for a flight. It's a fun way to exercise your pilot-in-command privileges, gain confidence and introduce someone new to aviation. Such a flight should definitely be on your to-do list, but it should also be carefully planned.

Video: ILS to minimums in a Citation

Some pilots think flying aerobatics or gliders is the most fun you can have with a pilot certificate. But for others, nothing beats the rush of a well-flown instrument approach to minimums. In this week's video, you'll fly left seat in a Citation CJ1+ jet on an ILS approach all the way to minimums.

What’s new in Sporty’s 2017 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty's popular home study courses have helped over 50,000 pilots learn to fly or add a rating. One reason they're so popular is that they are continually updated and improved. The Sporty’s Academy team recently released the latest version of their Learn to Fly Course, with a host of new features for 2017.

Video: formation aerobatics at sunset

Flying aerobatics is fun; flying in formation with other airplanes is fun; flying at sunset is fun. Put all three together and you've got one spectacular flight. That's what you get to experience in this video, as you ride along with the famous AeroShell team as they fly their AT-6 formation demo at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in.

Video: landing at the legendary St. Barts airport

St. Barthelemy is a beautiful island in the Caribbean, famous for its gorgeous beaches, European style and celebrity guests. But among pilots, the island is famous for its intimidating airport - short, downhill and surrounded by hills on three sides. In this week's fun flying video, ride along with young pilot Matt Guthmiller as he flies a Bonanza into St. Barts.

Loops, rolls and spins – what it looks like from the cockpit

On the check ride, it's all about gentle control inputs and straight and level flight. After you have your license, though, aerobatics can be a fun way to expand your skills. In this week's fun flying video, strap into the backseat of a Citabria for some loops, rolls and spins.

Fun flying video: flying Alaska in a Cessna 170

Incredible vistas. Remote grass strips. Towering mountains. If all your time has been logged around busy airports in the lower 48, flying in Alaska may look completely different. In this amazing video, you'll certainly see some very different sights, but you'll also see how much remains the same - pilots are pilots, no matter what the adventure.
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Why you need renter’s insurance

As you get close to your first solo, your flight instructor may talk to you about buying renter's insurance (sometimes called non-owned insurance). While it's never fun to contemplate an incident or accident, this is an important discussion that deserves some careful study.

Sporty’s new Flight Gear HP bags show off unique features

Sporty's recently introduced a completely new selection of flight bags for general aviation pilots, called Flight Gear High Performance. These bags have a modern look and some unique new features, but with options for customizing each bag to match the mission.
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