Entries by Eric Radtke

Sporty’s and flyGIRL launch 2023 scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 scholarship program sponsored by Sporty’s and flyGIRL. The award is intended to give existing student pilots that boost toward first solo or that initial pilot certificate.

February is IFR month at Sporty’s

Throughout the month of February, Sporty’s will be celebrating IFR Month, a four-week focus on the challenges and rewards of instrument flying. In addition to special savings on pilot gear, Sporty’s will also offer a new YouTube video series.

Aircraft registrations now valid for 7 years

Effective this Monday, January 23, aircraft registrations are now valid for 7 years thanks to an amendment to the FAA Authorization Act of 2018 championed by Congressional Representative, Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who also serves as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus.

Grounding of flights reminds us of the importance of NOTAMs

Not far removed from the holiday chaos of Southwest Airlines cancelling more than 16,700 flights which reportedly could cost the airline nearly $1B, a different kind of chaos ensued Wednesday morning as the FAA grounded flights after the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system crashed.

FAA updates Aviation Weather Handbook

The FAA recently issued a new Aviation Weather Handbook, FAA-H-8083-28. This handbook consolidates the weather information from the following Advisory Circulars (ACs) into one source document. The ACs will remain in effect for now, but they will eventually be canceled at a later date: AC 00-6, Aviation Weather. AC 00-24, Thunderstorms. AC 00-30, Clear Air […]

5 flying resolutions for the New Year

The standard resolutions: losing weight, read more books (watch less television), volunteer, etc. are all noble causes. But for pilots, we should include our own aviation resolution category. Here are five resolutions from some of my fellow pilots at Sporty’s Pilot Shop.

Our top stories of 2022

Thank you for subscribing to Sporty’s Flight Training Central. As 2022 comes to a close, and we reflect on the progress we’ve made as pilots, here is a look at some of our most popular posts from 2022. We hope your year has been filled with aviation adventure. Best wishes for a safe and prosperous […]