Sporty's Air Scan Aviation Radio / Scanner

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$139.95
$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. 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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Would You Recommend?
Yes (4)
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Performance
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
AirScan
Does what it's supposed to do ... easy to set-up and attach via BT, once squelch is correctly adjusted it reliably latches onto preset freqs. Audio quality is fairly good.
June 13, 2018
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Durability
2 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Don't Buy it
I bought this scanner and it did not work. I live on downwind from my hometown airport and got zero reception. I sent it back and got a full refund.
June 12, 2018
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
The radio seems to work OK. It was a major hassle trying to figure out what size outdoor speaker to use. Where to get a 3.5mm connector for the speaker wire. What size speaker wire to use. BNC connector and what size wire (RG 58) to use for an external antenna. If you just use it on your desk, it works OK.
June 7, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Disappointed
I was very excited on this purchase, I received it in three days, that was the thrilling part. I then pluged it in and tried to pick up air bands, and did not receive much of anything. ATIS from DuPage county airport, about 15 miles away, nothing. I am right over O'Hare Airports runways 9R & 9L, nothing but static. :(
May 24, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Nice radio to keep an ear on the airport.
I purchased this for my basement home office 9 miles away from the FNL airport. I knew I'd need an external antenna for the radio with it in the basement. Had a 75' cable made to reach from the peak of my roof to the basement. If you do that, make sure you get an in-line lighting arrestor and properly ground it (to the ground) before the cable enters the house. Spent way more on the external antenna, cable, arrestor, and all the time to get it installed than I did on the radio itself but I really enjoy having it in the office and can listen to all the airport radio calls while I work. Using the "Interrupt" feature allows ability to have multiple frequencies preset and listen to to one and it will interrupt if there is other radio traffic. Haven't BT'd it to my phone because I have a much better stereo system in my office but can see where it could be a ok external speaker in the hanger. Pretty cool device.
Radio operating in the house.
External antenna and cabling I added (not included) to get reception into my basement
May 24, 2018
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
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.
May 4, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
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