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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Learn Weather Flying from Richard Collins with Four New Apps

Richard Collin's Weather Flying App

Richard Collin’s Weather Flying App

iPad/iPhone app for each season provides real-world weather flying tips

Each season presents different weather scenarios general aviation pilots must face. In this four-part weather flying series, now available for iPad and iPhone, general aviation weather expert Richard Collins breaks down the challenges and opportunities for flying in seasonal weather conditions.

Richard L. Collins’ Advanced Spring Weather Flying, Advanced Summer Weather Flying, Advanced Fall Weather Flying and Advanced Winter Weather Flying present pilots with real-world flying and weather conditions. Viewers will go on actual flights with Collins to explore the relationship between forecast weather and real conditions, and how complex weather systems affect the airplane.

“There’s no one more knowledgeable about general aviation weather flying than Richard Collins,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “In these apps produced from his classic videos, Richard looks a little younger, the airplanes look a little older, but the content is timeless. To my mind, these four programs are among the best material we’ve ever offered and belong in every pilot’s collection.”

Each season’s program runs from 90 to 110 minutes and is chock-full of weather information that will make you a more informed pilot. Also included in each app is a review quiz based on content from the videos. After finishing the questions, pilots will receive instant feedback on their score and be able to review missed questions. There’s even a way to quickly review the video segment from which the question is based.

Richard Collins’ Advanced Weather Flying apps are available for each of the four seasons for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Each App is $4.99 and may be ordered at sportys.com/apps.

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Pint-Size, but Powerful: Sporty’s Fly Away Cleaning Kit

You love your airplane so keep it sparkling with Sporty’s Fly Away Cleaning Kit.

Keep your airplane clean when away from home base

Sporty’s has assembled the perfect cleaning kit to keep in your airplane. One pint containers of an assortment of high quality cleaning supplies will ensure your airplane gleams even after a long flight. The small size of the containers makes sure your weight and balance won’t be thrown off with bulky gallon bottles.

The Sporty’s Fly Away Cleaning Kit contains all the basics needed to keep your airplane looking new. Each kit includes N’viro Solve, a bio-based degreaser; Xhaust & Soot Remover, a powerful cleaner/degreaser; Pro Wash RX, an everyday cleaner; Aero Glide, a dry wash/polish; and Mr. Detail, which cleans and shines. Every chemical has been tested and is safe for aircraft. An optional, convenient bag keeps all products organized and in one place.

“Your airplane will look like new while sitting on the line at Oshkosh, even after a four-hour cross country flight and an arrival through swarms of Wisconsin-size mosquitos,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “And it’s a convenient size for storage.”

Sporty’s Fly Away Cleaning Kit [B2098A]is available for $49.95, with the Cleaning Kit Bag [7655A] available for $15.95. Gallon size containers of these products as well as a box of 100 Dupont Aerospace Wipes [7726A] for $17.95 are also available. All products may be ordered at sportys.com or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

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No More Dreading the “Low Battery” Warning

Dual 2.1 Amp Cigarette Lighter Adapter
Keep all your portable electronic devices charged in flight with Sporty’s pilot-tested accessories.

iPad charging accessories that belong in every flight bag

Pilots have plenty of batteries to keep charged these days, from iPads to smartphones to portable ADS-B receivers. Many of these gadgets require special high amp charging devices, and Sporty’s now offers a complete selection of pilot-tested gear to meet these needs.

The Dual 2.1 Amp Cigarette Lighter Adapter plugs into any cockpit power plug (12 or 24V) and provides two high amp USB ports. It’s ideal for charging an iPad and Stratus at the same time, and its universal design means it will work with almost any aircraft and any electronic device with a USB charging cable.

Sometimes you don’t have a cigarette lighter plug, though. For those occasions, Sporty’s offers the Backup Battery pack, with a long-lasting 16,000mAh internal battery that can increase the endurance of an iPad by 150%. With five USB ports, it also allows for multiple devices to be charged simultaneously. There’s even a built-in flashlight for backup illumination. The pack can be recharged by plugging it into any wall outlet.

Of course, neither of these accessories will work without the right cords. To make sure pilots always have a spare cable on hand, Sporty’s now offers a 3.5’ iPad/iPhone Charging Cord for the unbeatable price of $8.50. One can be left in the airplane, one in the car and one at home.

The Dual 2.1 Amp Cigarette Lighter Adapter [#7565A] is available for $14.95; the Backup Battery [#2126A] is available for $99.95; and the iPad Charging Cable [#9059A] is available for $8.50 or $5.00 each for four or more. All products may be ordered at sportys.com or by phone at 1.800.SPORTYS.

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Commemorate a First Solo with this custom Plaque from Sporty’s

Sporty's Solo Plaque

The First Solo Commemorative Wooden Plaque is an excellent way to remember that first special flight.

This once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment should be honored

Whether it’s your own first solo or that of a friend or family member, Sporty’s First Solo Commemorative Wooden Plaque will forever keep that memory vivid. Perfect for hanging in the home office or den, this alder wood, laser-etched plaque is custom engraved with the pilot’s name and airplane on two lines (up to 30 characters per line).

The words on the plaque read: Rare is a sense of accomplishment felt greater than after your first solo flight. The thrill and excitement is indescribable to those who have not taken the controls into their own hands.

Measuring 8” x 10”, the First Solo Commemorative Wooden Plaque [#7587A] ships within two business days and is available for $29.95 at sportys.com or by telephone at 1-800-SPORTYS.


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Introducing Stratus: Portable In-Flight Weather for the iPad

The only high performance, subscription-free receiver made for ForeFlight


The Stratus, a collaboration between Sporty’s, Foreflight and Appareo, is completely wire-free.

Sporty’s has introduced the first completely wire-free weather receiver for the iPad–and it requires no monthly subscription. Stratus combines an ADS-B and GPS receiver into a single unit that wirelessly streams NEXRAD radar, text weather, TFRs and aircraft position to the popular ForeFlight Mobile app for iOS devices.

“Stratus delivers exactly what pilots have been asking for–a simple, smart and subscription-free way to view in-flight weather on their iPads,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “It’s incredibly easy to use, with just one button and virtually no setup.”

The totally portable design includes an internal eight-hour battery, a high-gain internal antenna, and a WiFi connection to the iPad, so Stratus can be placed on the glare shield and out of the way. It is easy to move from airplane to airplane, making it ideal for renters, flying clubs and corporate flight departments.

Stratus is a collaboration between Sporty’s, ForeFlight and Appareo Systems.

“ForeFlight, Appareo, and Sporty’s worked closely to ensure that the experience provided by Stratus would be best in class among portable ADS-B weather receivers and iPad applications,” says ForeFlight Co-Founder Tyson Weihs. “Pilots flying with Stratus and ForeFlight Mobile will see ADS-B information integrated throughout the app. Nice touches — like the ability to remotely control LED brightness and real-time ADS-B station information — will make flying with Stratus a joy.”

Stratus wirelessly streams the full suite of available weather products: NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, TFRs, and winds aloft. Stratus also includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver that provides high-quality position information to ForeFlight Mobile’s moving map, which includes VFR sectional and IFR enroute charts.

“Stratus is a high-performance product that leverages Appareo’s years of ADS-B expertise,” says Jeff Johnson, Vice President of Business Development at Appareo. “Designed and manufactured at Appareo’s facilities in Fargo, North Dakota, Stratus is built and tested to withstand a wide range of operating conditions. Pilots have looked forward to a high-quality, wire-free, battery-powered device that is tightly integrated with ForeFlight. Stratus meets these needs and more.”

The WiFi connection allows multiple iPads to connect to Stratus, making it possible for two-pilot crews to view weather on separate iPads. Stratus weighs less than 12 oz, and measures 4.25”w x 5.75”d x 1”h.

Stratus [7281A] is available for $799 and comes with a wall plug and charging cable. Stratus may be ordered at sportys.com/stratus or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

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Record Your Flights with NFlightcam Cockpit Video Cameras

NFlightcam mounted on window

The NFlightcam Sport is an easy and affordable way to get started with cockpit video cameras.

These easy-to-use HD cameras are perfect for sharing your passion for flight with others. The NFlightcam is compact and totally portable, so you can take it on every flight: record your landing at a unique airport, preserve the memory of your first solo cross-country or post an aerobatic flight to YouTube.

These cameras are also great for flight instructors and student pilots: you can quickly review a flight lesson, including all cockpit audio, during a post-flight briefing. It’s a great way to reinforce in-cockpit lessons, and it saves time and money in the airplane.

“The NFlightcam Plus is feature-packed and easy to use, but now we also offer the NFlightcam Sport which is even easier to use and a great value,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman.

The NFlightcam Sport takes just one button to get you recording. It comes with a tough aluminum case, which is also waterproof to one meter. Dual lasers allow for precise alignment of the lens, and a permanently attached aviation audio cable lets you record intercom and ATC transmissions.

“If you’re just getting started in video, the NFlightcam Sport is the way to go,” added Zimmerman.

Both models of the NFlightcam include a simple one-button operation to record at full 1080p HD video along with a custom aviation headset interface to record all audio. The NFlightcam takes up almost no space in the cockpit and weighs less than 6 oz. The camera lens can be rotated to mount the camera at any angle.

“The NFlightcam comes with software so you can edit and share your videos with friends on either Macs or PCs,” says Zimmerman.

The NFlightcam Sport [8085A] is available for $299 and the NFlightcam Plus [9340A] is available for $499 and may be ordered at sportys.com or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

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Free Sun ‘n Fun App Available from Sporty’s

2012 Sun'n Fun App

Free Sun’n Fun App from Sporty’s.

New features make this year’s app even more useful

Sporty’s, in partnership with Sun ‘n Fun, has created a mobile app for the 2012 show, which is now available for both Apple and Android devices. The Sun ‘n Fun app may be downloaded free at Sportys.com/apps, through the iTunes App store,or Google Play (formerly Android Market).

All the information a show-goer needs to travel to and navigate around the show is available on this app. New this year is an interactive exhibitors list with detailed hangar and exhibit area maps. When you click on an exhibitor’s company name, you will instantly see a map pinpointing the exhibitor’s location on the show grounds.

“This feature is so useful in that you no longer have to figure out what something like C-090 means as a location,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “You’ll be able to see quickly on a map where you want to go.”

Sporty’s Sun ‘n Fun app will be useful even before the show starts. If you’re driving to the event, you can access directions and detailed parking information. You can also avoid long admission lines by buying advanced tickets through the app. Of course, those flying to the show can also stock up on supplies you need with a direct link to Sporty’s. The complete Sun ‘n Fun NOTAM is included for arrival and departure procedures as well as a convenient local airport directory and even special FBO offers. It’s perfect for in-flight reference and does not require an internet connection.

Another new feature will help you make your trip to Sun ‘n Fun even more efficient. You can pull out the exhibitors, seminars, workshops and other activities you don’t want to miss and compile the list into a “My Sun ‘n Fun” section. Once at the show, the Sun ‘n Fun app has plenty of maps: the convention grounds, the campgrounds, an aerial map, Splash-In map and more.

Your smartphone will be your best companion as you walk the grounds of Sun ‘n Fun. The daily schedule will be at your fingertips including forums, workshops, the daily air show, evening programs and special Fly-In activities. You can even enjoy Sun ‘n Fun radio and get the latest show updates via the app.

“When you walk around an airshow, you want to carry as little as possible,” adds Zimmerman. “With Sporty’s Sun ‘n Fun app, you will have all the information you need right in your phone.”

Sporty’s created the app as a service to Sun ‘n Fun attendees. In addition to Sun ‘n Fun, Sporty’s has also created apps for EAA AirVenture, AOPA Summit and the International Women in Aviation Conference.

Sporty’s 2012 Sun ‘n Fun app works on all Apple devices, including iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Another version of the app is designed for Android users, including tablets and the Kindle Fire. For more information, or to get the free app, visit sportys.com/apps.

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Sporty’s Launches All-New Learn to Fly Course

Sporty's Learn to Fly Course

Sporty’s Learn to Fly course is still the most complete, featuring three courses in one – preparing pilots for Private, Recreational or Sport Pilot.

One course includes Private, Recreational & Sport Pilot options

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course offers a new approach to pilot training, bringing the proven techniques from Sporty’s own flight school to pilots’ homes. Aspiring pilots will no longer have to decide which certificate to pursue when purchasing a training course. The Learn to Fly Course provides learning tracks for Private, Recreational and Sport pilot–or any combination.

“This modular approach to learning to fly provides for a more modern and personalized learning experience,” says Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke.

For one price, Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course provides all the training material and test preparation necessary to pass all three tests and be prepared for real-world flying, but the options don’t stop there. Pilots may choose to learn via DVD, online or through a dedicated app for iPad or iPhone.

“Just as it’s tough for a college freshman to pick a major, it’s equally difficult for a new pilot to know whether he or she wants to be a Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot,” says Radtke. “With Sporty’s Learn to Fly course, we offer all three. And the course’s modular design means pilots have the option to begin with solo, sport or recreational, then transition to the Private Pilot later if they desire.”

Just like Sporty’s other training courses, Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course goes beyond a boring lecture or talking-head approach. Dynamic, in-flight footage easily clarifies complex material, while 3-D animations simplify more difficult topics such as weather theory and aerodynamics. Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course also comes with exclusive content that can’t be found anywhere else, like invaluable tips from legendary author Richard L. Collins in Air Facts segments.

Also provided with Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is Sporty’s Training Course Outline (syllabus) and Practical Test Standards Study Guide that references every element of the PTS to specific video training segments. A written Test Endorsement is available right from the course after using the powerful test preparation program with three modes of operation for study or simulated exams.

In addition to new content, new formats are also available. The all-new online version, which includes everything in the DVD course, is built with the latest HTML5 technology so it is compatible with Windows, Mac, PC, iPad and Android tablets. In addition, a native iPad/iPhone app is now available in the App Store for mobile users. Pilots can watch video, take practice tests and more on their mobile devices–without an internet connection.

Sporty’s stands by its training with the Learn to Fly Course. You’re guaranteed to pass all three tests – the written test, the oral test and the flight test – using Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course or your money back.

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is available for $249 as an online course [1753A]; in DVD format [7310A]; or as an iPad/iPhone App [2891A] and may be ordered by calling 1-800-SPORTYS or online at sportys.com/courses.

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Make Fuel Testing a Snap with the MultiSump+


Make quick work of fuel testing with MultiSump+, now with a mesh fuel screen.

New model adds fuel strainer, eliminates wasted fuel

The “plus” in the MultiSump+™ is its built-in fuel strainer. This popular fuel tester has been enhanced with the addition of a micro-mesh stainless steel screen that keeps impurities and water from entering the fuel tank during pour back.

Moreover, the MultiSump+ allows the pilot to sample and individually inspect fuel from each sump while a quick dump feature transfers fuel to the lower catch can. This feature eliminates emptying the tester after each sump, saving valuable pre-flight time. Up to eight sumps can be tested before the catch can needs to be emptied.

“Many of the new aircraft on the market today have over 10 fuel sumps, which can quickly overwhelm standard fuel testers,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “The MultiSump+ was designed specifically to increase capacity without compromising safety.”

Measuring 7” high by 2-3/4” in diameter, the MultiSump+ is easy to use by simply drawing a sample from the sump and inspecting it in the upper sampling cup. The fuel is then transferred to the lower catch can by tipping the sample cup in any direction.

The MultiSump+ [1352A] is available for $24.95 and may be ordered by calling 1-800-SPORTYS or at sportys.com.

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