Sporty's Air Scan Aviation Radio / Scanner

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$139.95
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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 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.

 

Additional Resources

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Would You Recommend?
Yes (9)
No (7)
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Fun to listen to in our hanger
We really have not used it that much but when we are in our hanger we turn it on and listen to all the other planes coming and going, Real Nice!!1
January 13, 2018
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Poor Reception, Even AM-FM! No VHF
My $8 Amazon portable transistor radio performs better than this unit. I was really excited about receiving it and can't receive anything. Even powerful local FM stations are full of static. I think some immediate action is required of Sporty's to either provide a better matched BNC cable/antenna system or recall the product. I've been a loyal customer for 40 years and this is disapointing!
January 3, 2018
Would You Recommend?
Yes
The Aviation Radio/Scanner has great speakers making the audio very clear. I highly recommend it.
January 2, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
1 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Aviation Scanner - Low Sensitivity & Distortion
I am a private pilot. I have used scanner radios 30+ years and have many models. I live near a busy class D airport. The Sporty's radio missed 90% of the aviation transmissions picked up by my simultaneously used 20 year old Radio Shack hand held Pro-60. Multiple locations within home tested. Antenna swap tested. Nothing improved sensitivity. When rarely received, audio was scratchy and/or garbled by over modulation. I returned the radio to Sporty's. I believe they owe me for shipping both directions because this radio does not come any way near living up to the advertising and promotion. We'll see what happens. I do not recommend this receiver to anyone for any purpose. If you do not know better, you will not know what you are missing in aviation radio traffic.
December 31, 2017
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
No Range!!!
I got this for Christmas, I live maybe 5 miles from the airport (major airport), I can't pick up anything, tower, ground, atis, nothing. This is a pointless device due to range issues. Sporty's should have thought of this before creating this product, extremely disappointing.

I'd give this 0 stars if I could. STAY AWAY, unless you live on the airport.
December 27, 2017
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Antenna could be more refined.
I like the thought that has gone into the features in the scanner and the audio control (speaker jack, blue tooth & interrupt) flexibility. The antenna I would say is a weakness, my handheld get much better reception located in the same spot. Tried many locations in the house to no avail. I live 1/2 mike from KFNT. I bought a 19 inch vhf antenna (. Nagoya UT-72 Super Loading Coil) and a supporting BNC adapter and find the scanner now works as expected. I think the squelch circuit could be improved it teeters between to much and too little with the slightest touch of the squelch knob, Not as god as my handheld radio squelch authority. All in All not a bad unit I would rate it at 3.5 stars.
BNC adapter to VHF antenna
BNC adapter to VHF antenna
December 23, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Very easy to program frequencies. Had no problems with any aspects of the receiver. Excellent product at a good price.
Hi all. I really like the radio that I purchased from you. Although I don’t fly anymore I still enjoy listening to what’s going on out there.
December 23, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
weak reception
Very disappointed with reception.Live between two tower controlled airports that I used to get better reception on hand-held.
December 22, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
No Range
Extremely short range
You have to so close to the stations to get any communications
And you have to connect it to the main power supply of.
No batteries.
December 22, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Works as advertised
I'm not sure what the actual range is, but I pick up very little aviation band transmission. I'm about 7 miles from KARR and pick up most of what I hear from there, although I usually only hear the aircraft talking to KARR tower and not the tower transmissions. Depending on the current approach in use I can occasionally pick up some approach chatter for ORD. But what I do pick up is clear. Easy to use.
December 10, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
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