Call for Entries: The Fourth Annual Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots

The Richard Collins family has once again partnered with Sporty’s to offer The Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots. To qualify, the writer must be a pilot (including student pilot) who is 24 years of age or younger. The article must be original, not previously published, and no longer than 1,500 words. The topic should be “my first time at the controls of an airplane.”

Master Twins with Sporty’s Multiengine Training Course

Master Twins with Sporty’s Multiengine Training Course

All-new course shot in beautiful 4K video

One of the most exciting, useful, and just plain fun ratings a pilot can obtain, the multiengine rating is also one of the most challenging. Sporty’s Mutliengine Training course will guide you through each step of the rating, from the intricacies of multiengine aerodynamics to engine-out flight maneuvers.

“This all-new course was designed specifically for pilots adding a multiengine rating to their private or commercial certificate, but also focuses on practical skills for flying twins beyond the checkride,” says Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “You’ll learn how to manage the complex systems, higher speeds and additional performance considerations that come with multiengine flying.”

Sporty’s Multiengine training course includes an array of popular twins like the Piper Seminole, Beech Baron, and Diamond Twin Star. The fuel, hydraulic and electrical systems of these airplanes are explained, along with flight planning and performance calculations. Single engine approaches are also demonstrated including tips on handling engine failures during IFR flight.

Throughout the course you’ll see dynamic 4K video from both inside and outside the cockpit as you fly all the required maneuvers. Sophisticated animations make complicated topics easy to understand and a complete document library is always available for review. There’s even a review quiz to brush up on your knowledge. Like every Sporty’s course, it works on all your devices, from iPhone to laptop to tablet, with automatic sync. Sporty’s Multiengine Training Course is everything you need to take the next step in your flying career.

Sporty’s Multiengine course [93000A] includes free lifetime updates and may be purchased for $99.99 at or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

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Manage Your Own Airport

Manage Your Own Airport

Enjoy the unique artwork of Blue Skies Airport

Blue Skies Airport is an art deco terminal building with a control tower rising from the roof. It features an airport diner, rows of windows, an American flag displayed on its flagpole, a large clock adorned with a Christmas wreath, and melting snow everywhere.

The control tower has a flashing LED airport beacon that can be seen from 360°. Meticulously molded from ceramic and intricately hand-painted, this Limited Edition Blue Skies Airport is powered by an included 5’ cord with an AC wall adapter. Cord features an in-line on/off switch for the light.

Measuring about 8”h x 6.75”w x 10”l, Blue Skies Airport [9902W] is available for $149.99.  A ceramic Aviation Santa [2453W] is available for $19.99, and a ceramic 172 [2488W] is available for $49.99. All are limited editions. All three pieces are available as a Blue Skies Airport bundled set [B6291W] for $199.99 at or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.


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NFlightcam Kit for iPhone

b2000Did you know that your iPhone is exceptional video camera in addition to being a great smartphone? Both the iPhone 4S and 5 feature the 8-megapixel iSight camera and record at full 1080p HD resolution and 30 frames per second. But like the GoPro, the iPhone will not record cockpit audio and it is subject to the same propeller distortion that most digital cameras are.

That’s why NFlightcam designed this universal iPhone camera kit—simply attach the lens filter to your iPhone, plug in the audio cable to your headset and go flying. You’ll be recording top quality audio and video, and you can instantly share everything right from your iPhone. No computer syncing required. It’s the perfect video camera for the pilot on the go.

Adjustable bracket works with iPhone and many Android phones, with or without a case. 1/4”-20 screw on bottom is compatible with most camera mounts (suction cup mount included).


  • NFlightcam Prop Filter
  • NFlightcam Audio Cable
  • Suction Cup Mount

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Eighth Annual Sporty’s Fly-In Draws Record Crowds

Great weather made for a perfect fly-in day

Sporty's Fly-in

Sporty’s Fly-in 2012

Approximately 200 aircraft arrived during the Fly-in, making Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport one busy place on Saturday, May 19.

Attractions included dozens of commercial exhibitors, free seminars, shopping at Sporty’s retail shop and, of course, Sporty’s signature free hot dogs.

At Noon, a short program paid tribute to Rudy Frasca, founder of Frasca International. The National Association of Flight Instructors chose International Learn to Fly Day and Sporty’s Fly-in as the venue to induct Frasca into its Flight Instructor Hall of Fame. Accepting for Frasca, who was unable to attend, was his daughter, Peggy.

Yes, Dr. Smolin, you are the winner – for real!

An all-new Garmin equipped Cessna Skycatcher and two Bose A20 headsets were awarded to Dr. Matthew Smolin, a cardiologist in the United States Army Reserves who has served time in Iraq. Sporty’s President and CEO Michael Wolf telephoned Dr. Smolin from a speaker phone, while the fly-in attendees listened in, to inform him that he was the winner of Sporty’s Sweepstakes. After a few moments of silence, all Dr. Smolin could say was a quiet, “For real?” Later, plans were made for Dr. Smolin to come to Sporty’s to fly his new airplane home.

Free seminars were once again popular, with the seminar on Flying with the iPad, hosted by Sporty’s Vice President Bret Koebbe, attracting the most interest with more than 150 pilots in attendance. Other seminars were presented by Garmin, Aspen Avionics, Air Mod, ForeFlight and NFlightcam.

As part of International Learn to Fly Day, Sporty’s Academy provided several introductory lessons to aspiring aviators in airplanes and a glider. They also hosted a landing competition in its Frasca Mentor Flight Simulator, with the winner taking home one of Sporty’s most popular training courses – Sporty’s Flight Review.

“Our parking lot was full, the exhibit area buzzed, and we just about ran out of room to park airplanes,” said Wolf. “Our Fly-in is one of our favorite days of the year, and it’s always a good day when we can reward one of our customers with a brand-new airplane.”

Next year’s Fly-in and Sweepstakes award is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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