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AOPA has enjoyed a partnership with Sporty’s that began long before the company became a Supporting Sponsor in 2012.

AOPA pilots have relied on Sporty’s products since the company was launched in the early 1960s, when founder chairman, Hal Shevers, started selling supplies to his flight students. But the relationship between Sporty’s and AOPA goes beyond pilot supplies.

An AOPA member for more than 50 years, Hal pioneered the three-day ground school when he taught for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation in 1963.  In the 50 plus years since, Sporty’s and AOPA have continued to partner on items critical to safety, fun and freedom to fly.

Today, the dedication of Sporty’s master instructors, product specialists, and exemplary customer service representatives positions Sporty’s as the world premier pilot shop, producing an extensive line of aviation training materials, and operating its own flight school.

Free ForeFlight training course for AOPA members

Buy Sporty's award-winning Instrument Rating course and AOPA members will receive the popular Flying with ForeFlight online course - free! It's a great way to add an instrument rating, get current, or just learn some new skills. Works on Windows, Mac and tablets.



Free Aviation Content

Sporty’s is pleased to offer its TAKEOFF app as a free download, and for pilots interested in the Pro version of the app, a free 30-day trial is available. This fun and easy-to-use app delivers fresh aviation content to your iPad or iPhone every day, and allows you to customize topics to match your preferences. It’s perfect for new student pilots and experienced IFR pros alike.


AOPA Fly-Ins

Sporty’s helps make it possible for AOPA to hold several regional fly-ins across the country each year. Each fly-in offers a great opportunity not just for pilots to get together and talk shop, but for the whole community to get out to the airport and experience the fun and excitement of GA flying.

Supplying and Educating Generations of Pilots

From humble beginnings selling supplies to his flight students in the early 1960s, Hal Shevers built Sporty’s into the world’s premier pilot shop—and much more than just that. Through its own extensive line of training products, as well as its in-house flight school, Sporty’s reach is much broader than merchandise. “The focus of our business remains educational,” Shevers proudly points out. “We educate pilots to be safe and proficient.” 

Sporty's and AOPA are a perfect complement to one another. While AOPA works to preserve our freedom to fly, Sporty's works to keep flying safe and fun. Together we have as our goal supporting the general aviation pilot and keeping the skies open and safe for all. We value our more than 50-year partnership with AOPA and know by working together general aviation pilots benefit.
Michael Wolf
President and CEO
Sporty's Pilot Shop
Michael Wolf
President and CEO
Sporty's Pilot Shop