Sporty's Air Scan Aviation Radio / Scanner

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$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 hanga...

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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.

 

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Would You Recommend?
Yes (16)
No (7)
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
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Performance
1 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Haven’t tried all of its capabilities yet. Connected Bluetooth and played music from my iPod. Sounds good! Have yet to hook up an antenna for listening to aviation chatter, hence the low-stars for reliability and performance, as I don’t know yet.
January 12, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Got it with an incredible discount and therefore is worth every cent. Nice presentation, easy to programa and use, great performance.
January 12, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
2 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Excellent idea, good design, fair quality, poor performance
Amazingly, this scanner does nothing really well. My hangar is about 1/3 of a mile from the transmitter for ATC and ATIS. Inside my hangar even with the doors closed my cheapo handheld has no problem picking up ATIS, ground vehicles, and aircraft reporting 20 miles out. This scanner can not pick up any of that even with the doors wide open where I can literally see the ATIS antenna a few thousand feet away . Likewise I have an old junkie AM/FM radio that can pick up most local stations. Again, in FM mode this scanner can pick up nothing.
To get any reception with this scanner, I have to put it on an extension cord and sit it outside my hangar on a stool.
I find it difficult to believe how pathetic the tuner or pre-amplifier is in this scanner.

Other than the fact that it has no reception, the interrupt function and scanning work ok.
December 31, 2018
Would You Recommend?
No
Air Scan disappointment
My disappointment with the radio is that it does not have battery capability. I went back to read the promo information, and no where is it mentioned that there is no battery backup capability.
December 31, 2018
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
My son ordered this and has been using it, loves it , easy to use.
December 15, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Scanner ok but thought being on an airport would have better reception. AM and FM reception not really very good.
December 11, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
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4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Good Value - But needs better antenna
The Sporty's Air Scan does the job as advertised. If you are using inside I strongly recommend using another antenna. I'm four miles from the control tower and unless the scanner is near an outside wall or using an external antenna, I cannot pick up much.

I'm going to try an aftermarket outside external antenna to see if that does any better. It would be ideal if Sporty's offered a complete kit for something like that as I have to piece things together, buy the cable, antenna, connectors, etc. to get the antenna higher up and outside the house. That is not a big deal if you have some knowledge of radio electronics, but is a challenge for those that have to jump into it cold.

Sporty's does have some of this, but I'm concerned about outside exposure for the extension cables offered. The connections will need to be waterproofed, etc. and the cabling needs to be UV stable. I'm not sure that is the case. More details in the advertising would be helpful for the auxiliary items such as these.
December 11, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
One big drawback
I generally like this radio. I just wish I could temporarily disable some of the frequencies stored in memory when I put it in scan mode. As it is the frequencies I don't want in the scan have to be permanently deleted then memorized again if I want them in the scan later.

I remember the old scanners from the 1970's that had mechanical buttons to enable/disable them in the scan. Miss that.
December 9, 2018
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Poor Aviation Reception
After checking that KVRB airport is exactly 5 nm from my home, and confirming reception was available on a handheld King 99 in my second floor office I purchased the Scanner.

Aviation transmissions are barely audible, and when they are they are significantly masked by background static hiss. Squelch mutes both background noise and communications and does not provide improvement . This applies to transmissions from the ground and air. Inability to use squelch precludes useful scanning. Scan stops completely at frequencies that may briefly have a transmission, due to the background hiss. If the hiss is silenced, no communications are found during the scan. .

I was able to effect slight improvement varying antenna extension suggesting a mismatch. Varying the scanner location slightly improved reception.

Overall I cannot recommend the unit. I incidentally see little use for the AM and FM bands or Bluetooth connection. .

I will experiment further, but will likely return the unit.
December 9, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
To work you better use it at the airport
I will be calling to return it bought it for the house/family to listen for traffic I live 5 miles from airport received no communication at all.
December 8, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
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Does anyone make a portable version (battery powered) of this for use while traveling?
AirStag on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not that I am aware of.
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.
Is it 110V only or does it accept batteries?
David M on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is only 110V.
Backlight is too bright in low light...Is there a way to dim or turn it off?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, there is no control for the backlight.
Can you hook up a UHF outside antenna to this scanner ?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: But since Airband is VHF, a VHF outside antenna would work much better.
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.
Is there a way to scan only the preset channels instead of the entire aviation frequency band? I know that if your listening to another radio source it will do that with aviation interrupt on but I was wondering if you could just keep the scanner searching the preset channels only.
Fast212 on Dec 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, set the frequencies in the presets 0-9 and then press the aviation interrupt. It will scan only the present channels. Please note that the frequencies do not change when scanning. The display will just read interrupt on.
CAN YOU PROGRAM POLICE FREQUENCYS. INTO IT ?????
RANDY K on Dec 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, only air frequencies. 118.000 to 139.975 Mhz.
Is there a way to boost the signal ? I live 5 miles from the airport and can’t hear a thing
A shopper on Dec 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, The antenna item 10129 will improve reception.
Will there be an updated version with the new 8.33 kHz spacing?
Tilman on Aug 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not that I am aware of. I will pass this along to our product manager.
Does this device remain on a certain frequency or does it continue to scan to other frequencies? If you set it to a certain frequency, will it stay on that frequency until changed?
Holly H on Jul 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you sent the frequency and do not turn on the aviation interrupt it will stay on that frequency until it is manually changed.
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.
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.
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