“First and foremost, Sporty’s is an educational institution.”

— Michael Wolf, Chairman and CEO

our history

Sporty’s has been training and equipping pilots worldwide since 1961, when Hal Shevers, a flight instructor, sold his first product out of the trunk of his car. In the six decades since, we’ve continuously worked to develop the finest training courses and pilot supplies, all backed by fast and friendly service. Originally based at a small retail location at Lunken Airport (LUK) in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sporty’s quickly grew and soon moved to a larger location at the Clermont County Airport (I69). Today Sporty’s is one of the most respected names in aviation, with corporate activities in every segment of light aircraft from retail to training to maintenance to airport management. Most importantly, our company is still made up of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, just like you.


our future

While everyone at Sporty’s is proud of our rich history, we stay focused on the future. Our goal is to make flying safer, easier, and more fun— so we’re always creating new products to do just that. We’re also passionate about supporting the next generation of pilots, maintenance technicians, and engineers. The Sporty’s Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, partners with EAA’s Young Eagles, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Aviation Exploring, and Women in Aviation International, and many other organizations who share the vision to help young people with an interest in aviation

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