Sporty's Air Scan Aviation Radio / Scanner

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Regular Price: $139.95

Special Price $99.95

Regular Price: $139.95

Special Price $99.95

Availability: In stock

Product ID: 5173A

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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 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.

 

Additional Resources

Click Here for User Manual

Eric Carnahan

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Would You Recommend?
Yes (21)
No (14)
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I love this radio
I am a young aviator in training and struggle with radio speech and this radio has helped me to become better and understand how to use the radio better
June 7, 2019
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2 weeks ago
Durability
3 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great for Airport Restaurant Use
We have enjoyed using this device in our airport restaurant. The aviation interrupt feature is key to allowing folks to listen to the AM/FM radio without missing ATCT transmissions.They know when to look up from their meal to observe aircraft operations.
April 30, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Lousy reception in hangar even near door
Lousy reception. With air interrupt on it rarely interrupts.
April 22, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
poor reception i thought it would scan the freqs i have programmed in the 0-9 slots
April 22, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
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2 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Nice radio, but I couldn't pick up aviation transmission, so I returned it.
April 22, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Good so far need better range but location location is key.
The range is not what I had hoped but I’mm gonna get an antenna and see how that works. If that works its a 5 star.
April 22, 2019
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2 months ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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2 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Works great.....but
The air scan works like a charm, but I am 5 miles from my airport (KMHK) and receive pilot communications well but very spotty GC and Tower. Thinking about mounting an exterior antenna on the roof.
April 13, 2019
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2 months ago
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3 / 5
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3 / 5
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1 / 5
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2 / 5
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4 / 5
Junk
Junk. Returned it the next day. Had no reception on either FM or VHF. Was very disappointed. Also no battery back up.
April 8, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Not a scanner
This radio does not scan. It has buttons labeled SCAN but those are search buttons that scan every frequency. You cannot scan the memory channels.
March 30, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Thank you for the review. Scan memory channels is done by using the Aviation Interrupt function. While on any source, simply press the Aviation Interrupt button and the unit scans your memory channels.
April 9, 2019
Doug R
Durability
1 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
I Returned it and revived full credit - including shipping. it did not have good reception and Tried several busy frequencies - no reception. May have been defective.
March 29, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
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