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TRACON Directory

On occasion, there may be a need to contact a Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility by phone. For IFR pilots, it's a convenient...

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",...

Video: landing on a mountain runway in Papua New Guinea

Short and soft field operations might seem academic when you're learning in a Skyhawk on a 6,000 foot long runway. But for some pilots these types of landings are part of the job. Fly along with two professional bush pilots in this video, as they take their Kodiak into a remote mountain runway. On speed and on glide path is the only way to fly here.
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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.

Power-on Stalls – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

Power-on stalls, often referred to as departure stalls, are practiced to simulate a scenario that could occur shortly after takeoff, where the airplane is at an excessively high angle of attack with the engine at the maximum power setting. You'll learn how to look for the early warning signs, as well as how to execute the proper recovery procedure.

Friday photo: “clear above”

The moment: Breaking out on top The pilot: anonymous The place: Near Richmond Municipal Airport (KRID), Richmond, IN The aircraft: Piper Malibu Mirage The memory: There's nothing like...
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Starting flight training later in life: some tips for success

As we get older, most of us get worse at being a student—no matter what the subject. After all, you’re used to being the expert. So if you’re considering learning to fly after your 40th birthday (or your 60th—you really aren’t too old to start), remember these tips. 

Webinar video: Talk to an Air Traffic Controller

With Eddie Albert - Cincinnati Air Traffic Controller It’s not uncommon for pilots to have some fear of interacting with Air Traffic Control (ATC) often...

Video: seaplane flying in Alaska

Seaplanes are just about the most fun you can have in aviation—they are all about fun, freedom, and challenge. And there's no better place to fly seaplanes than in Alaska, where these machines aren't just toys, they are a critical mode of transportation. Ride along with FlightChops in this episode as he learns the ins and outs of seaplanes, including the legendary de Havilland Beaver.
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.