In-flight weather fundamentals – using ADS-B and SiriusXM

Using datalink weather products like ADS-B and SiriusXM can make your flying safer, easier, and more fun - but only if you know what you're doing. In this information-packed webinar recording, you'll learn practical tips for smart weather flying from an experienced pilot and a meteorologist.

ADS-B webinar recording now available

Sporty's recently hosted a webinar on ADS-B, covering the basics of the system plus options for both panel-mount and portable ADS-B avionics. This fast-paced presentation covered a lot of ground, and the video recording is now available.

Video tip: How to interpret ForeFlight’s map weather layers

Do you know the difference between base and composite radar reflectivity, enhanced vs. infrared satellite imagery, or how to interpret the icing forecast layers in ForeFlight? Our latest video tip explains it all.

Video review: SiriusXM SXAR1 vs. Stratus ADS-B Receiver

Pilots flying with ForeFlight have access to more weather information than ever before, including options for both ADS-B and SiriusXM weather in flight. The variety of options is great, but it can be confusing. In this test flight video, we explore the differences between these two systems, and compare Stratus (ADS-B) with SXAR1 (SiriusXM). Which system is better? Can you use them both? Come flying with us as we explain.

Video review: Garmin GDL 52 SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver

Which is better - subscription-free ADS-B weather or satellite-delivered SiriusXM weather? With the new Garmin GDL 52, you don't have to choose any more. This battery-powered receiver includes both, plus GPS and AHRS, and it can connect to tablets running the Garmin Pilot app or to Garmin portable GPSs. Here's an in-flight review of this all-in-one device.

ForeFlight video tips: scratchpad, track-up maps and plates shortcuts

We continue our ForeFlight video tip series this week with 3 new topics from Sporty's Flying with ForeFlight training course. These are designed to help pilots get the most out of ForeFlight and stay proficient with aviation's leading app.

How to use your iPad as a digital copilot – webinar recording

Sporty’s and iPad Pilot News hosted a webinar covering a wide range of practical topics on flying with the iPad & the ForeFlight Mobile app. The webinar was presented by John Zimmerman, a pilot at Sporty’s Pilot Shop and publisher of iPad Pilot News. This info-packed presentation explored topics applicable to pilots of all iPad experience levels.

Video tip: How to use your iPad to better prepare for the next flight

Let's face it, we're viewing much of the same aviation data in our favorite iPad apps that has been around for decades. What's different now though is that this information is presented in a much more meaningful context, thanks to the iPad's high-resolution touchscreen display and innovative features from aviation app developers.

New Stratus videos released

ADS-B receivers remain the hottest iPad accessory for pilots. Sporty's Pilot Shop recently released two new video tips for pilots flying with the Stratus--watch them here.

Video review: combination iPad/paper kneeboards

iPads are great, but sometimes you just need to scribble a note or consult a paper checklist. That's why many pilots fly with a kneeboard to keep things organized. In this new Product PIREP video, we went flying with two new designs from Flight Gear that accommodate both paper and EFBs, and include a number of flexible options. See them in action in a Cessna 182 to see all the features.