Every year, the folks at Sporty’s take a look back at the year and identify trends they’ve seen developing in general aviation. So, what’s on their list this year?
Sporty’s has launched its new Cessna 172LITE project, acquiring Cessna 172s and equipping them with basic flight instruments. In fact, the only avionics are a communications radio and a transponder.
A factor not usually considered in attracting new pilot starts is today’s trainers overwhelm beginning students as they stare at dozens of switches, buttons and knobs providing access to unneeded information, Sporty’s officials note. For solo training, the mission is simple: To launch an airplane into the sky and return it safely to the runway, officials say.
Sporty’s 2014 leather jacket collection features the A-2 Leather Flight Jacket, which has been in use for more than 80 years and is a cultural icon.
Sporty’s has posted a gift guide on its website to help the friends and family of pilots get the gifts that pilots really want.
“Non-pilots are in uncharted territory when it comes to selecting a gift for a pilot on their list,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “We’ve created our gift guide as the map to simplify gift buying on behalf of pilots.”
The Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver has been updated with ForeFlight version 6.4, which enables flight data recording.
A new tradition begins this holiday season with the debut of Sporty’s Wright Bros. Christmas ornament. The 2014 ornament is a 70-mm glass ball in royal blue with a holiday scene featuring a Piper Cub and “Christmas 2014” on one side.
Sporty’s E6B, Flight Review and Study Buddy apps have just been overhauled.
Aviation Tutorials Company has licensed its three pilot-training iPad apps to Sporty’s. The three apps focus on critical piloting skills, with these titles: Mastering Stick And Rudder Flying; Getting Around On The Ground; and Airborne Radar.