ARSim app

ARSim app helps pilots learn radio communications

Learning to communicate with ground, tower, and approach can be intimidating for many student pilots. There's a lot to remember and sometimes when you push the button to start talking, the mind goes blank. Fortunately, there's a new app that can help.
Sporty's 2021 Learn to Fly Course

What’s new in Sporty’s 2021 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course has been a popular home study tool for decades, and is famous for its relentless pace of innovation. Every year, we add new content, new training tools, and technological enhancements. This year is no exception, with a host of upgrades that make training more engaging and more efficient. Here’s a look at some highlights.

Five Gadgets for Solo Cross Country Flights

I remember planning my first cross country flight. There were sectional charts thrown across the floor, highlighters in the dog’s mouth, crumpled flight plan...

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.

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",...
GoPro on dash

Pilot’s guide to flying with the GoPro Hero 8

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.
Getting started course

Free getting started course now available

Learning to fly is a process, but oftentimes the most confusing part is taking that first step. How do you find a flight school? What should you ask a prospective flight instructor? What's the difference between a Sport Pilot and Private Pilot certificate? Sporty's has recently released a new course to help answer these questions, and it's completely free.

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

A flight computer is an essential tool for student pilots. You'll use one to calculate all kinds of things, from fuel burn to groundspeed to density altitude. While you can do those calculations with an old school "whiz wheel," an electronic flight computer is a much faster and easier way to get the right answer. This series of video tips shows Sporty's best-selling Electronic E6B in action.

Video: how to find a good aviation flashlight

Every pilot needs at least a few good flashlights, but how do you choose the right ones for the cockpit? Go flying with two Sporty's pilots as they explain the 4 must-haves in an aviation flashlight and 3 nice-to-haves.