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.
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.
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.
Sporty’s Pilot Training course is the go-to product in self study flight training for pilots of all levels. Continuous updates to the platform have...
There are dozens of aviation headsets on the market right now, but only one is wireless. Lightspeed's Tango model allows you to cut the cord, using a proprietary wireless technology and rechargeable batteries. How does it work? We took it flying recently to find out.
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.
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.
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.
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 portable radio is a great way to learn aviation communications - just stand by the airport fence (or sit at home) and listen to other pilots as they talk to Air Traffic Control or other pilots. A radio is also a very helpful tool in an emergency, since it allows you to call for help even if the panel-mount avionics fail. The newest option is the PJ2, a $199 portable COM radio that has built-in headset jacks. Watch this video to see how it performs in a Cessna 172.