Ten Essential Products for the Beginning Student Pilot

You’ve made the leap and proclaimed “I want to learn to fly.”  Now what?  Besides the obvious aircraft, what else does one need to...

A flight jacket tells a story

On a blustery, cold morning, back before I knew what lift was, a short freckled face kid strolled into the local airport to take...

Video review: Bose A20 Aviation Headset

The Bose A20 Aviation Headset is the most popular headset among pilots, year after year. It's one of the most expensive headsets, too, but most pilots say it's worth the investment. In this video, come flying with Sporty's headset expert, Doug Ranly, as he explores what the A20 can do and why it's so popular.

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.

3 new features on the Learn to Fly app

Sporty's Learn to Fly Course app has three awesome new features that student pilots will love and they don't cost a thing. The free version of the app has access to our Study Buddy test prep and our practice exams for the written test.

What’s in my flight bag

My flight bag isn’t perfect for every mission, but here is a list of the essentials that are with me on every sortie.

Sporty’s new Flight Gear HP bags show off unique features

Sporty's recently introduced a completely new selection of flight bags for general aviation pilots, called Flight Gear High Performance. These bags have a modern look and some unique new features, but with options for customizing each bag to match the mission.

Video review: Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver

Portable ADS-B receivers have been one of the most popular accessories for pilots since they were first introduced in 2012. They connect to an iPad or Android tablet to provide GPS position, subscription-free in-flight weather, ADS-B traffic, and backup attitude information. In this Product PIREP video, go flying with the new Stratus 3 to see how it performs in flight.
Cessna off runway

Why you need renter’s insurance

As you get close to your first solo, your flight instructor may talk to you about buying renter's insurance (sometimes called non-owned insurance). While it's never fun to contemplate an incident or accident, this is an important discussion that deserves some careful study.

What’s in your flight bag?

In this series, we ask the pilots at Sporty's what gear they carry when they go flying. While every pilot's flight bag is unique, some common principles apply to everyone: carry enough to be prepared but not too much so that you're weighed down with unnecessary junk. In this episode you'll see what JC Mayerle, a product designer at Sporty's, has in his flight bag.