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, 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

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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

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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

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Sporty’s Sets Date for Annual Fly-In and Sweepstakes

Sporty's Fly-in

Sporty’s Fly-In

Exhibits, Seminars, Hot Dogs – and it’s all free

Sporty’s annual Fly-In will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport. At this year’s Fly-In, the winner of Sporty’s 2012 Skycatcher Sweepstakes will be announced.

“We’re going to have fun all day long,” says Sporty’s President Michael Wolf. “Our guests can talk with aviation company representatives in our exhibit hall, eat free hot dogs, attend seminars, shop our retail store – and, of course, stand by to see if they are this year’s Sweepstakes winner of a brand-new Garmin-equipped Cessna Skycatcher.”

The Sporty’s Fly-In provides an opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to spend a day immersed in aviation. Exhibitors include Cessna Aircraft, Aspen Avionics, Garmin, Bose, Lightspeed, SkyOx, ForeFlight, Sigtronics and others. Representatives will be on hand to demonstrate their products and answer questions. There will also be a static display featuring new Cessna Aircraft.

FAA safety seminars will be hosted by Garmin, Bendix/King, Aspen Avionics, Foreflight, Air Mod and more.

“The Fly-In is always just a fun day for us to throw open the gates of the airport and welcome folks in,” added Wolf. “We promise you a great time whether you’re an old hand at flying or just exploring the process of learning to fly.”

Sporty’s representatives will be on hand to talk with attendees about various products and services offered by Sporty’s including introductory flights and flight training at Sporty’s Academy, the 2012 line of Cessna single-engine aircraft, homes available at Sandy’s Airpark at Sporty’s, Aviation Exploring, Cincinnati Avionics and the University of Cincinnati Professional Pilot Program.

The event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on Sporty’s Fly-In or directions to Sporty’s (via airplane or car), visit

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Sporty’s Offers Free App for Women in Aviation Conference Attendees

WAI Conference App

The WAI Conference App gives the user convenient access to all the information needed to have a successful experience in Dallas.

Official WAI Conference app for iPad and iPhone

Sporty’s now offers a fourth app in its series of apps for aviation conventions and shows. Having produced successful apps for Sun ‘n Fun, EAA AirVenture and AOPA Expo, Sporty’s has now developed an app for the 2012 International Women in Aviation Conference to be held in Dallas, Texas, from March 8-10, 2012.

“Thank you to Sporty’s for this fantastic app for our members and others who will be attending this year’s Conference which is jam-packed with nearly non-stop activities. The app will help keep everyone organized and informed,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “And those members who are unable to attend this year’s Conference can get real-time information of what they are missing through this app.”

The WAI app contains all the information necessary to navigate through the 2012 Conference with ease. Starting with registration information and airline and rental car information, the WAI app provides a detailed schedule of events, a map of the hotel and exhibit hall, and many other informational features.

“The star of this app, however, is the exhibit hall tool where you click on an exhibitor name and see immediately where the organization is located on the exhibit hall diagram,” says Michael Wolf, Sporty’s President. “No more trying to figure out, for example, where booth #342 is. The app will show you on the floor plan instantly.”

What’s more, the app user will be able to compile a favorites list of exhibitors, seminars, education sessions and more so nothing is missed by mistake.

Another popular feature on this app is automatic updating. The app will update with any events during the show so users can be sure they have the latest information. You can even keep up with breaking news and announcements via the WAI Twitter and daily blog feed included in the app.

“Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll be good to go,” adds Wolf.

The WAI app is free and may be downloaded at Sporty’s WAI Conference App works on all Apple devices, including iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. For more information, or to get the free app, visit

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Solo Times Two at Sporty’s Academy

The Gilliland brothers with their instructors Erin Cappel (left) and Tim Miller (right).

Back-to-back sibling solos make for a memorable day

Two brothers, each enrolled in the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot program, soloed within one hour of each other at Sporty’s Academy last week.

Brothers Will and Andrew Gilliland each soloed in Cessna 172 Skyhawks. The brothers are both first year students in the University of Cincinnati’s Aviation Technology: Professional Pilot Training Program. The flight portion of the Professional Pilot Program is taught at Clermont County Airport.

“While Will may have bragging rights in terms of being first around the pattern, Andy executed three excellent landings and brother Will was first to offer his congratulations,” says Eric Radtke, president of Sporty’s Academy.

The unusually mild February weather brought out dozens of other pilots and instructors to observe the rare event of two family members soloing on the same day.

Adds Radtke, “In another interesting twist, Andy’s endorsing instructor was Tim Miller. Andy happened to be Tim’s first solo endorsement – congratulations Tim. And congratulations to Erin Cappel who got the festivities started with her solo endorsement of Will.”

Will and Andy are the sons of Paul and Pat Gilliland of Union, Kentucky. When the brothers complete the Aviation program through the University of Cincinnati, they will have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Commercial pilot certificate.

For more information about professional pilot training at the University of Cincinnati visit or call 513.732.5200.

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Sporty’s and Frasca Partner to Improve Flight Training

Frasca Mentor™ Cessna 172S Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD)

Two companies collaborate on flight training systems and products

Sporty’s and Frasca International, Inc. have partnered to develop and market an integrated training program and other products that utilize Sporty’s training expertise and Frasca’s simulation expertise. The partnership will work to create training materials, course content, and programs for flight students to use with Frasca simulators.

Flight students at Sporty’s will soon have their training experience enhanced with the addition of a Frasca Mentor™ Cessna 172S Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) flight simulator with a spectacular, 200 degree visual system. The training programs and procedures developed at Sporty’s Academy will help improve the flight training process for all students.

The Mentor™ includes options that have typically only been available on higher level devices including Frasca’s TruVision™ technology. TruVision™ provides worldwide visuals including over 20,000 runways, coastlines, rivers, roads, and more, allowing the pilot to fly anywhere in the world. In addition, the Mentor™ at Sporty’s comes complete with detailed satellite imagery within 150 miles of the Sporty’s/Clermont County Airport (I69). This visual enhancement allows for realistic, scenario based-training, meaningful VFR cross-country flying and even ground reference maneuvers.

The Frasca Mentor™ replicates a Cessna 172 cockpit layout, complete with an authentic Garmin G1000 panel. “The visual system is what creates a powerful learning experience,” says Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “And with the advanced aerodynamic modeling and robust customization options, the Mentor™ delivers realistic scenarios, for example, communicating with ATC, interacting with flight deck technology and the ability to practice visual maneuvers and pilotage.”

A planned outcome of the Sporty’s/Frasca partnership is to create systems which make the flight training process more efficient and make learning to fly easier and faster, thus maximizing the financial investment of every flight student.

“We can’t think of a better training partner than Sporty’s,” says John Frasca, President of Frasca International, Inc. “With our expertise in producing state-of-the-art simulation for general aviation pilots and Sporty’s long history of training pilots for real-world conditions, we thoroughly expect to impact how all future pilots are trained. Sporty’s has used our simulators in its University of Cincinnati training programs for more than 20 years.”

“Our initial plans are to concentrate on scenario-based training that will specifically address what we know historically to be challenging for new pilots,” added Radtke. “This includes both standard maneuvers as well as overcoming obstacles found in cross-country training.”

For information on flight training at Sporty’s Academy or to schedule time with an instructor in the Frasca Mentor, please call 513-735-9500 or


Sporty’s is a world-renowned aviation educational company that has been on the cutting-edge of flight instruction for over 50 years. Sporty’s develops, produces and provides aviation courses and video programs – offering more than 1,000 hours of original educational and safety programs in a multitude of formats to pilots around the world. In addition, Sporty’s operates a Part 141 approved flight school and administers the University of Cincinnati’s professional pilot training program

Frasca International manufactures flight training equipment for airlines, flight schools and military organizations worldwide. Founded in 1958, Frasca has delivered over 2,400 devices to over 70 countries. At Frasca, the mission has always been to provide the best flight training equipment available to the many categories of flight training organizations worldwide.

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Sporty’s Publishes Then and Now: How Airplanes Got This Way

Latest book by veteran aviation historian Phil Scott

Then & Now is a rollicking jaunt through aviation history, illuminating the highs and lows of aircraft design.

It is a light-hearted look at the people and events that shaped today’s general aviation airplane.

“Ever wonder why an airplane can stall with its engine running full speed? How airports developed into what they are today? Who invented rudder pedals, ailerons, the fuselage, and the Mile High Club?” asks Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “It’s all covered in a highly readable and witty style.”

With an introduction by aviation legend Richard Collins, Then and Now is a collection of hilarious, historical essays which take apart aircraft through history and tells how, through a combination of science and art, all the pieces fit together to make a thing that worked—or didn’t.

Historical photographs complement the text, while “Literary Intermissions” add original primary source content to the book. One such Intermission tells how an early pilot romanced a woman through his training log.

“Once you understand this rich aviation history, you’ll never look at flying quite the same–from your seatbelt to your enclosed cockpit,” adds Zimmerman.

Then and Now [M311A] is available for $19.95 and may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.

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G1000 Training Course Now an App

Interactive iPad/iPhone app includes video, syllabus, quiz and more

Sporty’s G1000 Training Course smooths the transition from steam gauges to glass cockpits.

In addition to nearly two hours of in-depth video content, this app also includes Garmin’s complete Cockpit Reference Guide, two G1000 Training Course Outlines (student and instructor versions), G1000 simulator software for download and a review quiz.

Using an easy-to-navigate visual menu system to test your knowledge, the Garmin G1000 app is divided into 16 individual video segments for quick review. In all, this app contains almost two hours of scenario-based training and in-flight video.

The included review quiz provides instant feedback on your score and the ability to review missed questions. The program even allows you to quickly review the video segment from which the question was taken.

“With the bonus resources such as the Cockpit Reference Guide and Syllabus, this Garmin training course provides everything a pilot needs to become a proficient user of the G1000,” says Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “This course covers it all from systems components and synthetic vision to autopilot operation.”

The Garmin G1000 Training Course for iPhone/iPad [90009] is available for $79.99 and may be ordered at

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