Sporty’s Pilot Shop Is Major Event Sponsor for #Oshbash 2018

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By Dan Pimentel,
Airplanista Blog Editor

If you’re like me and almost every other pilot that has ever pushed a throttle forward and watched the houses get smaller, you most likely have bought something from Sporty’s Pilot Shop. Since 1961, when founder and CFI Hal Shevers started selling pilot supplies to his students, Sporty’s has been one of the best places out there for the stuff pilots and aircraft owners need.
So I am both honored and stoked to announce that Sporty’s Pilot Shop is the major event sponsor for this year’s Airplanista #Oshbash Social Media Meetup event at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. This is significant because if you’re like me (and I bet you are), it is 100% impossible to not flip through the Sporty’s Pilot Shop catalog the minute it arrives in the mail. Even though I am not flying these days after selling my Cherokee 235 in May, 2016, I still look the catalog over, and am forever amazed at the complete line of about 10,000 products they offer.     

It could be that one of their training videos helped you earn your private ticket or add-on ratings. It could be that you found the perfect kneeboard at Sporty’s, or trusted their cleaning supplies to remove the bugs from your leading edges with a LOT less elbow grease. Sure, there are other places on the web to buy pilot supplies, but if you need something in that realm, you know for sure that Sporty’s will carry it. They always have and always will.
But if you think Sporty’s only sells Johnny Jugs and bug cleaner, think again, Ace. Their website explains what Hal’s little pilot supply venture has become:
Along with their extensive catalog of pilot supplies and training videos, Sporty’s Academy is an FAA-approved Part 141 flight school and provides flight training for hundreds of students a year, including international students as well as for the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training program. Their FBO, Eastern Cincinnati Aviation, was founded in 1988 to provide flight instruction, rental aircraft, service and fuel sales for Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport. The airport is also home to Sandy’s Airpark at Sporty’s, a gated, 13-acre residential airport community with wooded surroundings featuring common green space and access to a general aviation-friendly airport. In all, eleven homes with hangars will be built in this airpark.
The company’s Vice President of their Catalog Division is John Zimmerman, who has always been a supporter of this blog. He’s very savvy about aviation social media, so the sponsorship was a great fit. John did not hesitate to jump on this opportunity when I asked, and said "general aviation's talented bloggers, podcasters and YouTube pilots are inviting a new generation of enthusiasts to the airport. At Sporty's, we're thrilled to sponsor #Oshbash to celebrate these passionate aviators."
One of the things that’s made Sporty’s a success story is that it is managed by aviators exactly like you and me. Zimmerman holds commercial pilot, multi-engine, instrument, helicopter, glider and seaplane ratings, and regularly attends Sporty’s famous hot dog cookouts at Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport (I69) just outside Cincinnati, OH. He is just one of the many people at this company who know what we need for pilot supplies because it’s what THEY need when THEY fly.
As a gesture of additional support for aviation social media, Zimmerman offered to give away a Sporty's Air Scan Aviation Radio/Scanner to one lucky #avgeek at #Oshbash. I'm not sure yet how I will pick the winner, but someone is walking out of #Oshbash with this under their arm. Zimmerman did not have to do this, it was not part of the sponsorship package. It just shows that Sporty’s people are our people, friends of #avgeeks everywhere. They deserve your dollars because they support us.

So come to #Oshbash at Airventure on Tuesday night, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Press Tent just east of the Media HQ building. If you need vectors, go to the east side base of the FAA tower and walk outbound on about a 025 radial until you run into the large air-conditioned white “tent.” The venue is where the week’s press conferences are held, and as always, we should all thank EAA Communications Director Dick Knapinski for his generosity over the years making the Press Tent available for #Oshbash.
Thanks to the generous support from Sporty’s Pilot Shop, we’ll again have the very popular Bacon Jerky tasting from Pork Barrel BBQ. We went through 72 bags in an hour last year, so get there early, and be sure to bring your business cards as this is an awesome networking opportunity…you never know who you’ll chat up at #Oshbash.

You are coming to #Oshbash, right? It's where all the coolest #avgeeks hang out on Tuesday night at Airventure.

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