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Friday, July 8, 2011

Sporty's Pilot Shop Founder Hal Shevers Visits Air Associates of MO at Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Air Associates of MO at Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Founder of Sporty's Pilot Shop, Hal Shevers, visited Air Associates of MO at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield today for a special meet and greet luncheon with area pilots.  His Cessna S550 Citation landed about 10:50am this morning across from the Air Associates hangar.  

Hal Shevers arrives in this S550 Citation

Hal Shevers looks over the aircraft on the ramp with his crew and Air Associates owner Tom Cargin

Hal Shevers discusses flying and new products from Sporty's Pilot Shop   

Mr. Shevers talked informally to pilots and aviation enthusiasts gathered in the Air Associates hangar, relating how he began what is now Sporty's Pilot Shop fifty years ago to the current enterprise, which also includes Sporty's Academy Flight School, Sporty's Eastern Cincinnati Aviation FBO, Sporty's Cincinnati Avionics, Sporty's Cessna Sales, Sandy's Airpark at Sporty's, and Sporty's Courses under the Sporty's Flight Center banner.  Charlie Masters from Eastern Cincinnati Aviation, Inc. spoke briefly about his transition from school teaching to aircraft sales.  He also took special interest in the new Cessna Skycatcher on the Air Associates ramp.  Members of Mr. Shever's crew, Eric Radtke and Bret Koebbe, discussed the Sporty's Academy Flight School modular approach to flight training and the IPAD platform for approach charts and sectionals for flight planning.  Sporty's cutting-edge Complete Private Pilot Training Course and SP-400 Nav/Com radio are Aviation Consumer "Gear of the Year."

Sporty's Academy VP, Bret Koebbe, Shows the IPAD sectional route for his flight

The IPAD sectional now replaces printed charts

Bret Koebbe discusses the Skycatcher with a fellow pilot

Bret Koebbe, Charlie Masters, Hal Shevers, Lisa Lynch, Tom Cargin and Eric Radtke

Hal Shevers is ready to board the Citation and fly to the Tarkio, MO airshow

The Citation taxis out...

...and takes off for Tarkio, MO

A special thanks to Hal Shevers and the Sporty's crew, Air Associates of MO, and all those who attended today's event.  Visit Sporty's at for all your pilot gear and training courses, and for local flight training and future events.

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