Sporty’s Academy Response to COVID-19

Updated April 2, 2020 – Sporty’s Academy flight school CLOSED (Clermont County Airport, FBO and aircraft rental OPEN)

The Ohio Department of Health has issued a “stay at home” order ethat closes non-essential businesses and operations.

Accordingly, Sporty’s Academy flight school is CLOSED for face-to-face instruction. If you are currently enrolled in a course of training, you may contact your instructor by phone, email or other mode of virtual communication.

Students are encouraged to continue independent self study and prepare for any outstanding FAA written examinations. Aircraft rental is open in the spirit of essential travel. Please note, Sporty’s written testing center, retail store, and AME office of Dr. John Held are also closed.

The Sporty’s ECA FBO remains open for airport operations, fuel sales and service as well as aircraft rental supporting essential travel. You may also shop for all of your pilot and aircraft needs. You may reach us at 513-735-9500 or with questions.

We look forward to seeing at the airport once the order has been lifted.


Updated March 14, 2020 – Sporty’s Academy adopts enhanced procedures

Sporty’s Academy takes concerns about COVID-19 very seriously. We have implemented the following processes, procedures, and policies to mitigate the risks of infection within our community of clients and staff.

Sporty’s Academy strongly requests that any community members with an acute respiratory infection or illness, please refrain from coming to the airport and engaging with other members of our community until cleared by a physician. Individuals that have been exposed to a known COVID-19 positive individual or who have recently travelled to a CDC Level 2 or 3 area should also refrain from coming to the airport and should self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days to ensure no symptom development.

Community members with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis are not permitted at Sporty’s Academy until cleared by a physician.

Sporty’s Academy will not penalize a client or staff member for rescheduled training or staying away from the airport to reduce the risk to our community. We just ask that you keep us informed if you will not be attending training events.

To reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission within our aircraft and ATDs, we have implemented the following dispatch procedures to mitigate the risk to clients and instructors.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting supplies are maintained at the dispatch desk.
  • When the aircraft or ATD keys are dispatched, you should be offered a disinfecting wipe and a screen wipe. Disinfecting wipes may be used to clean major surfaces, controls, and knobs that may be touched during the flight. ONLY APPROVED SCREEN CLEANERS may be used on radio screens, touch screens, and EFIS displays. We are currently using CleanTex AllScreens Computer Screen Cleaner (833) wipes and CleanTex Phone Wipes (806) to clean screens. They are essentially the same cleaning product with a different size cloth which we have tested on radio and EFIS screens.
  • It is up to the client and the instructor to determine the flight deck surfaces to wipe down prior to their flight.
  • After the flight, clients and instructors must ensure that all trash is removed from the airplane as is our normal practice.

During ground lessons and other activities at the airport, recommended social distancing should be practiced where possible. Sporty’s employees will complete enhanced routine cleaning on a daily basis. Please follow good general etiquette for a more hygienic environment as found below:

  • Please practice good personal hygiene along with covering mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water especially after sneezing or using a tissue.
  • Immediately dispose of used tissues in garbage.
  • If you need an additional disinfecting wipe for a work area, contact the dispatch desk.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Paul Jurgens, or Eric Radtke, to discuss.


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