Saturday, May 15, was a fun day at Sporty’s and one of the busiest ever for Clermont County Airport. Sunny skies prevailed, bringing more than 400 aircraft to Sporty’s sixth annual Fly-In and Open House. Thousands of customers enjoyed a perfect flying day while exploring Sporty’s headquarters, visiting with exhibitors and attending seminars. There was also a static display featuring the full line of new Cessna aircraft, including the Corvalis, Caravan and Mustang.
“Any day we get people out to the airport is a great day,” said Sporty’s President Michael Wolf. “It was great to see all the activity. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a busy summer flying season.”
The lucky winner of Sporty’s Skycatcher Sweepstakes was Alan Horowitch of Yuma, Arizona. Horowitch, a retired orthopedic surgeon, operates an aircraft auction company and is now the owner of a brand-new Cessna Skycatcher (serial number 5) equipped with a Garmin G300 avionics package. Two Bose X headsets are also included with the new Skycatcher. Horowitch will take delivery within the next few weeks.
To celebrate International Learn to Fly Day, Sporty’s had challenged local pilots to bring a non-flying friend or family member to the event for a free Learn to Fly Seminar and a $99 Introductory Flight. And they rose to the challenge — fourteen (fully paid) introductory flights were conducted during the Fly-In. “That’s an encouraging amount of interest in earning a pilot’s license,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “International Learn to Fly Day was an effective way to roll out the red carpet for people who have an interest in flying but have yet to act on it.”
It wouldn’t be Saturday at Sporty’s without free hot dogs. More than 1200 hot dogs, bratwurst and mettwurst were served.