Sporty’s annual fly-in will be held Saturday, May 17, at the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport (I69) in Batavia, Ohio. In addition to the usual festivities, at this year’s fly-in, the winner of Sporty’s 2014 Van’s RV-12 sweepstakes airplane will be announced at noon.
Now available in a customizable app are Sporty’s Aircraft Checklists for iPhone and iPad.
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.
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.
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.
Sporty’s introduces Low Profile Wood Chocks that fit all aircraft, including Cirrus and new Cessna aircraft with wheel pants low to the ground.
Just launched as a mobile app is Sporty’s FAR/AIM.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your project.”
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.