Sporty's Air Scan Aviation Radio / Scanner

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$139.95
$139.95

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Product ID: 5173A

Bluetooth Radio with AVIATION INTERRUPT™

Sporty’s Air Scan Aviation Radio/Scanner gives pilots and aviation buffs two radios in one. With our exclusive Aviation Interrupt feature, you can listen to a ball game, talk radio, or music and never miss an aviation transmission. Equipped with Bluetooth, the Air Scan can easily pair with a phone or iPad for playing music from your favorite app. Perfect for your home office, the desk at your FBO, or your workbench in the hangar, the Ai...

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Bluetooth Radio with AVIATION INTERRUPT™

Sporty’s Air Scan Aviation Radio/Scanner gives pilots and aviation buffs two radios in one. With our exclusive Aviation Interrupt feature, you can listen to a ball game, talk radio, or music and never miss an aviation transmission. Equipped with Bluetooth, the Air Scan can easily pair with a phone or iPad for playing music from your favorite app. Perfect for your home office, the desk at your FBO, or your workbench in the hangar, the Air Scan is an easy way to monitor aviation traffic while still listening to your favorite music. 

Memory

Store up to 10 different frequencies from each tunable source using the Preset feature. This allows you to quickly scroll through your local frequencies without having to type them in every time. The 10 aviation presets are used for Aviation Interrupt feature. 

Aviation Interrupt™

While listening to your favorite AM/FM station or Bluetooth/Aux source, the Air Scan silently scans up to 10 preset channels for activity. When a signal is detected on any of these channels it interrupts the music and plays the aviation transmission. When the transmission ends, the Air Scan returns to the music.

Bluetooth/Aux In

Don’t want to listen to FM or AM radio stations? Use the Bluetooth feature to pair your phone or tablet to the radio for listening with your favorite app. You can also use a standard 3.5 aux input cable (sold separately) to plug in your phone or iPad if it has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

External Speaker
Use the 3.5mm headphone jack to connect the Air Scan to external speakers. Here at Sporty's Pilot Shop, we connect an Air Scan to the ramp speakers so linemen never miss a radio call. Also great for surround sound systems or noise canceling headphones.

Package includes Air Scan radio, 100-240V wall plug, telescoping BNC antenna and user guide. Requires wall plug for operation (no batteries).

 

Air Scan Features:

  • Aviation Interrupt
  • 10 priority aviation memory locations
  • Telescoping antenna with aviation-compatible BNC connector
  • External power jack
  • External speaker jack
  • Auxiliary input jack
  • AM band 520 – 1710 kHz 
  • FM band 88 – 108 MHz
  • Aviation Band VHF 117.975 – 137.000 MHz (25 kHz spacing)
  • Bluetooth wireless music streaming
  • Stereo speakers
  • Squelch & volume control knobs

 

Simplified Programming Instructions

Programming the AirScan radio is similar to programming a car radio. To save a frequency to a preset location:

  1. After turning the Air Scan on, choose the source of the frequency you want to store (AM, FM, or Airband).
  2. Type in the frequency you wish to store.
  3. Press the preset button once to enter into preset mode.
  4. Press and hold the number of preset location where you want to store the frequency.
  5. After holding the number for 2 seconds, the Air Scan will beep and exit preset mode, indicating that the frequency was stored correctly. 

 

To recall a preset frequency:

  1. After turning the Air Scan on, choose the source type of the frequency you want recall (AM, FM, or Airband).
  2. Press the preset button once to enter into preset mode. 
  3. Press the number of the preset location you wish to access.
  4. Air Scan will automatically exit preset mode after 3 seconds on inactivity.

 

Pro Tip:

Reception for scanners is mostly based on line-of-sight. Scanners located deep inside metal buildings will have poor reception. Two rules of thumb for antenna placement: (1) The higher the better and (2) Outside is better than inside.  If you are 10 miles from an airport in a hilly area or there are many tall buildings between you and the airport, you probably won't get the control tower.  However, you may hear aircraft in the pattern. Testing at Sporty's revealed that we could get transmissions over 25 miles away with an Air Scan in the third-floor control tower. At ground level, 15 miles was common for planes at 1000 AGL. Remote antennas can improve your reception. Learn more about reception and external antenna options in this article.

Also, be sure to set your squelch properly, so as not to block out radio calls. The right setting is just high enough to cut out static, but no higher.

 

Additional Resources

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Eric Carnahan

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Satisfactory, looking to improve with new antenna
I like the interrupt feature of radio set to a FM station as an example. I will need remote antenna and 50 ft cable to increase sensitivity of receiving transmissions.
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Suppose it sits on your desk and paired to your phone, can you use the AirScan as a speakerphone? Obviously it would need to have a microphone for that. This would be a pretty cool feature, and the keypad just looks right to dial a phone number!
A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The radio is a streaming device only. You can not use the phone like you would with a hands free device.
can this radio tie into internet system without useing ipad ?
gary j on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This radio does not connect to the internet. You can pair it to a blue tooth device and then stream music.
Do I need an amplifier or just connect direct to an outside speaker? What kind of outdoor speaker?
Ed H on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The scanner can be connected directly to an outside speaker. The speaker has to have a 3.5mm plug to connect to the scanner.
can you transmit on this?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is a receiver only.
What is the range?
A shopper on Nov 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The range of reception will depend on the transmitter strength and the transmitter location.
Can you hook up a UHF outside antenna to this scanner ?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can.
Does the unit have connections for external AM & FM band antennas?
Terry C on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The unit has a BNC connection for the air frequencies.
Will it operate on the Australian 220 volt electricity system?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This unit operates at 110 Volts.
Aviation Band VHF 119.975 – 137.000 MHz? Nothing below 119.975?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Aviation Band is actually 117.975 to 137.000. The 119.975 was a misprint.
Would this be useful to someone that uses flight simulation? Looking for a xmas idea for my son. Thanks
A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is an air traffic scanner. It is not useful for flight simulation.
Is this scanner capable to run on lets say aaa batteries etc or electrical power only ?
Dean R B on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is only capable of running on electrical power.
Will I only hear local traffic or will I be able to hear traffic from greater distances?
Aaronwitt31 on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Local traffic only on specific frequencies.
Does this unit have true stereo output rather than the monoral output my earlier model Air Scan has?
Mike C on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is true stereo.
How close do you need to be from the source to receive good sound quality?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: With the bluetooth with in 30 feet. For air frequencies it depends on the distance from the station.
Is it 110V only or does it accept batteries?
David M on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is only 110V.
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