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Doug Ranly

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Doug grew up off the end of a runway and has wanted to fly before he could ride a bike. As the catalog manager for Sporty's Pilot Shop, he takes pride in developing products that make flying easier for pilots. After spending a short time in the military including a year in Iraq, his standards are abnormally high for pilot products. A private pilot with an instrument rating, he enjoys small prop planes more than any jet. You'll normally find him in a Cessna 172 or Skycatcher while on a mission to find the finest biscuits and gravy at an airport cafe.

How to choose the right David Clark passive headset

David Clark is best known for its line of reliable passive headsets. All of these have a five-year warranty, are TSO’d, and made in the USA. The wide selection of passive headsets has something for almost everyone, but they look pretty much the same and have similar price points. What’s the difference? We'll explain.

More acronyms…what’s an STC and TSO?

We live and breath acronyms in aviation. Accept it or else. Two more that you may not be all that familiar with are "TSO",...

Top 5 taxiing mistakes

Learning to move the aircraft around on the ground can be just as difficult as learning steep turns. And it's nothing to be ashamed...
Flight bag

5 must have items for pilots starting college

It's that time of year. A new wave of aspiring professional aviators have moved into dorms as they begin their college journey destined for greatness in a booming aviation job market. After running down the list of obvious questions most college freshman have, the talk often turns towards gear. What does a college student pilot need to command the skies?

Avoid “gearcreep” and stay organized in the cockpit

While I complain about gearcreep at home, I learned that I was the chief offender of gearcreep in the cockpit. Pens, Bluetooth GPS units, aux input cables, flashlights… the stuff that I found rolling around the passenger seat and on the floor after a recent night cross country had me convinced that a more organized cockpit would be in my future.

Video: how to use Sporty’s Electronic E6B Flight Computer

Join Sporty's Doug Ranly for a hands-on look at how to use this popular flight computer. You'll see three common functions step-by-step, plus tips for converting Fahrenheit to Celsius.

What’s in your flight bag, episode 3

In this series, we ask the pilots at Sporty's what gear they carry when they go flying. This episode features Doug Ranly, a private pilot and Sporty's Catalog Manager.

Stereo vs. mono headsets – what’s the difference?

Buying your first headset can be confusing. There are a lot of things to consider: passive noise reduction (PNR) vs. active noise reduction (ANR), plug types, Bluetooth, aux inputs, ear seals, and finally mono vs. stereo. While we won’t tackle every subject in one blog, we will attempt to answer that age old question: Do I need a mono or stereo headset?

How to use Sporty’s E6B Flight Computer

Learning to fly means learning to make a lot of calculations: wind correction angle, groundspeed, crosswind component, and so much more. In this video, learn how to perform some of the most common calculations on Sporty's popular Electronic E6B Flight Computer.

My unexpected bush pilot adventure

Want to do some bush flying in Alaska? “Yes, yes I do.” It took all of 1.3 seconds for me to reply when an opportunity arose to fly the backcountry of Alaska for a couple days. Flying a taildragger in the remote wilderness should be on every pilot’s bucket list.