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Chris McGonegle

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Chris McGonegle is a Product Manager with Sporty’s Pilot Shop and a graduate of the UC Clermont Aviation Academy. He’s a Commercial rated pilot with an Instrument rating who prefers to start the day with a $100 cup of coffee before heading into the office.

Video: how to get started with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

The new Microsoft Flight Simulator program is limitless in possibilities, but where do we start? In this video, Sporty's flight simulator expert Chris McGonegle will take you through those first steps to get airborne. We'll begin at the home page and cover how to choose an airport, aircraft, release the parking brake, and move to an external view.

My experience as a rusty pilot – Part IV

Editor's Note: Welcome to the final installment of Chris McGonegle’s experience as a rusty pilot - a relatable category for many. Chris is an...
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My experience as a rusty pilot – Part III

Editor's Note: Welcome to part three of a four-part series on Chris McGonegle’s experience as a rusty pilot - a relatable category for many....

Flying with Flight Simulator – Flight Maneuver Spotlight

Welcome to the latest edition of the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we’ll highlight the various maneuvers you’ll practice during your flight training and be expected to demonstrate during your private pilot checkride. This one is a little different—we're sharing a flight simulator maneuver that you can fly on your own.

Video: Flight Gear Captain’s sunglasses

Every pilot needs a reliable pair of sunglasses, but the cheap gas station ones usually don't work. In particular, you need a pair that won't distort avionics or iPad screens. Go flying with Sporty's Chris McGonegle in this video to see the Flight Gear Captain's sunglasses in action.

My experience as a rusty pilot – part II

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....

My experience as a rusty pilot

Welcome to part one of a four-part series on Chris McGonegle’s experience as a rusty pilot - a relatable category for many. Chris is...