5 Tips for Solo Cross-Country Flying

Learning to fly is an amazing experience. And flying solo is a part of the experience that can really get your blood pumping. While the excitement never subsides, I’ve found these five tips really help to make my flights safer and more enjoyable.

That Doesn’t Look Like My Airplane!

An activity that many pilots enjoy involves sitting at the airport and watching other pilots takeoff and land. While enjoying this pastime you may see some aircraft that look a bit different from your typical trainer. Join us as we take a brief look at some of the "other aircraft" that you might see.

Top 5 aviation summer activities

The unofficial start of the summer flying season is of course the Sun ‘n Fun Fly In in Lakeland, Florida (the spring break for...

Change of Scenery

There will be days during your training when it seems tough to get excited about another lesson consisting of basic flight maneuvers. Here are some ideas to discuss with your instructor when you're looking to change up your flight lessons a bit.

Sporty’s Hot New Products for April 1st

Editor's Note: Happy April Fools' Day. The World’s Largest Pilot Shop is celebrating April 1st with the release of these amazing new products. Developed by...

Move over gauges, here comes the iPad

A mere 10 years ago, aircraft were still being manufactured with round (traditional) gauges originally designed for steam engines.  Think about the technology in...

Ode to General Aviation

Twas the day after Christmas and snow covered the land. We needed to put our toes in some water, our butts in some sand. We drove...

5 can’t miss stocking stuffers

For a pilot, working at Sporty’s can be compared to a daily Christmas morning. With all the pilot toys, trinkets and gear, it’s easy...

First Solo, Again!

Here at Sporty’s Academy, we love to celebrate the achievements of our students. One of our biggest celebrations comes when a student successfully completes his or her first solo. We really think that this is a big deal and we want the student to understand this as well! It has been many years since my first solo in an airplane. In fact, I’ll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of that event in a couple of years. Even with the intervening years, I can still remember my takeoff from Runway 29 at the Flagler County Airport in Florida. I don’t really remember the landing but I remember the takeoff. I looked out the side window after liftoff, watched the left main spin to a stop, and thought to myself, “Well, now you have to land it!”

Stop and smell the avgas

We all set goals as pilots, whether it’s completing the first solo, earning a private pilot certificate or simply getting current again. There’s nothing wrong with that (in fact, I think it’s part of what makes flying so rewarding), but we need to be careful that the destination doesn’t overshadow the journey.
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