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!”
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25 reasons to fly this summer

It's easy to get stuck in a rut, making the same flights time after time. That's not only boring, it's bad for your flying skills. One of the best ways to become a better pilot is to take on new challenges, whether it's a new airplane or a new destination. So with that adventurous spirit in mind, let's consider 25 reasons to get out and go flying this summer.

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.

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...

Welcome to the Club – Now What

Five ways to celebrate getting your wings Aviators are a unique breed. Some might say we are obsessive/compulsive and they could probably make a pretty...

Log your flights with photos and video

We're all required to log our flight times and landings to prove FAA currency, but this only tells part of the story of a flight. Here you'll learn how you can record a more memorable experience from your flight by using a smartphone or portable cockpit camera to capture the sights and sounds.

Fun flights for a new pilot

So you’re getting comfortable as pilot in command and you’ve completed those first big milestones: solo and private pilot certification. Now what? Well you’re probably working toward an advanced rating, maybe eventually a career in aviation, or just having fun. With flight training, consistency is the name of the game, but I’d recommend you stop and smell the roses.

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...

An AirVenture Oshkosh to Remember

GA shines on the world stage I’m just back from the greatest aviation show on earth – EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  One week each...