A new way to look at checklists

Now available in a customizable app are Sporty’s Aircraft Checklists for iPhone and iPad.

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Sporty’s IPC Updated

Sporty’s Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) program has been revamped and updated with new and valuable information for active instrument pilots. New video, graphics and animations tackle such topics as regulations, required instrument inspections, IFR clearances and aircraft equipment required for IFR flight.

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Show the world you are a pilot

When you’re a pilot, you want people to know. Sporty’s has introduced two new products that help show the world: A backpack and a knife.

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Make the latest GoPro camera cockpit-ready

Sporty’s and NFlightcam have released a filter for the new GoPro Hero3+ video camera that reduces propeller blur. Attached to the outside of the camera, the filter will make it easy to shoot straight out the front of the cockpit without ugly lines, company officials say.

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Sporty’s introduces low profile wood chocks

Sporty’s introduces Low Profile Wood Chocks that fit all aircraft, including Cirrus and new Cessna aircraft with wheel pants low to the ground.

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Sporty’s FAR/AIM goes mobile

Just launched as a mobile app is Sporty’s FAR/AIM.

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Star in your own solo video

Thousands of pilots are flying with compact video cameras like the GoPro or Garmin VIRB, using them to record first solos or memorable flights. But once the flight is over, many pilots don’t know what to do next — how do you edit and share what you recorded?

Sporty’s professional video production team has introduced its MySolo service. Simply upload video shot during your first solo and Sporty’s staff will transform that raw video into a professionally edited product, including on-screen text and audio. A sample MySolo video may be seen here.

“Your first solo is something you’ll never forget and deserves more than a quick snapshot to share with friends and family,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Now you don’t have to be a video expert to have a polished video.”

After recording your first solo on your recording device, all you have to do is upload your video at Sportys.com/MySolo along with requested information about the flight, such as solo pilot’s name, date of flight, flight instructor and make/model of airplane. A video up to five minutes will be produced and shared at Sporty’s MySolo YouTube channel. Cost is $59.95.

“We’re producing videos about first solos, but we’re able to produce similar videos about any particular flight,” says Zimmerman. “Contact us at video@sportys.com and we can discuss your project.”

 

Keep Calm and Fly On

Sporty’s latest humorous product line plays off the British slogan in use during World War II of “Keep calm and carry on.” These new aviation products are a fun way to show your enthusiasm for aviation, even when you’re not at the airport, Sporty’s officials said.

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Raviator to launch new tour in January

Ravi The Raviator, a motivational speaker with a focus on inspiring and recruiting the next generation of pilots, will launch his “You Can Do It’ aviation speaking tour in January.

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The hottest trends in GA for 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, Sporty’s President Michael Wolf takes time to look back at the year that was and identify trends the folks at Sporty’s have seen developing in general aviation.

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