Getting Started Tips
The process of learning to fly can seem overwhelming at first. But you can do it, and our team of flight instructors here at Sporty’s can help. That’s why we’ve developed this quick checklist of key steps.
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We live and breath acronyms in aviation. Accept it or else. Two more that you may not be all that familiar with are "TSO",...
More and more pilots are flying with action cameras like GoPros to record their flights. While these tiny devices record stunning video, they are not the easiest products to use. To help you feel more confident shooting in-flight video, we asked Bret Koebbe, an active pilot and flight instructor who leads Sporty's video department, what he's learned after a decade of shooting with GoPros.
On occasion, there may be a need to contact a Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility by phone. For IFR pilots, it's a convenient...
Similar to fishing, camping, rock climbing, or boating, getting the right gear for flying is almost as important (and as fun) as the actual activity. At Sporty's, we've operated our own flight school for decades, so we know what student pilots need - and what they don't.
Sporty's Academy, our on-site flight school, is a premier Pilot Training Center located at the Clermont County Airport in the eastern suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. We welcome students from all over the world who are looking for the finest flight training experience.
The moment: Morning valley fog in Kentucky The pilot: Bret The place: Near Gene Snyder Airport (K62), Falmouth, KY The aircraft: C182 Skylane The memory: One of my...
Microsoft's release of an all-new flight simulator this month is creating quite a buzz among gamers and flight simulator enthusiasts, but also among pilots. The latest edition of this long-running franchise features stunning graphics, realistic weather, and a variety of general aviation airplanes. Is it fun? Can you use it during flight training? In this video, an experienced pilot and MSFS beta tester shares his thoughts.
Editor's Note: Welcome to part two of a four-part series on Chris McGonegle’s experience as a rusty pilot - a relatable category for many....
The moment: Beautiful cloud formation on this early morning departure The pilot: Eric Radtke The place: Jack Edwards Airport (KJKA), Gulf Shores, AL The aircraft: Piper Aztec The...
Ground reference maneuvers provide the opportunity to refine your flying skills by learning to fly the airplane over a predetermined path over the ground while compensating for the effects of the wind.
Flying is freedom, but landing where there are no runways is another level of freedom. Ride along with three pilots in this incredible video as they land their taildraggers on gravel bars in a river. It takes skill and practice (watch the intro to learn why), but when done safely this is fun flying at its very best.
The new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is out and incorporates an unprecedented level of detail in the scenery, terrain and aircraft modeling. In addition to being flat out fun to use, the lifelike weather depictions and real-world visuals make for a great training resource for student pilots looking to practice pilotage and dead reckoning skills during the cross-country phase of flight training.
The moment: My solo moment The pilot: Rob Craig-Gray The place: Millard Airport (KMLE), Omaha, NE The aircraft: Cessna 172 Skyhawk The memory: Always wanted to fly and,...
All pilots must maintain vigilance in order to see and avoid other aircraft. In a see-and-be-seen environment you should continuously scan all areas visible from the cockpit. But do you know the best method to accomplish this? What about at night? Take this quiz and test your ability to spot a potential traffic conflict and avoid a dangerous collision.
The F-22 Raptor seems to defy physics, with the speed of a modern supersonic fighter but the maneuverability of a light airplane. This new video shows you the F-22 in action, from both inside and outside the cockpit. You'll see the incredible vertical climb, the 9G turns, and the thrust vectoring nozzles. It's quite a show.