One of the benefits of our digital age is instant and continuous access to that which we desire. Sporty’s Pilot Shop announced its own version of such access at Sun ’n‘ Fun 2018 with its Flight Crew membership packages. Flight crew offers continuous access to Sporty’s training content, bundled with a plethora of extras. The Flight Crew customer benefit program consists of Basic, Gold, and Platinum levels, which run $49.99, $199.99, and $299.99, respectively. (The Basic level is free for Sporty's Takeoff Pro members.)
Flight Crew Basic membership includes unlimited two-day shipping, an all-access subscription to Sporty’s Takeoff app, and an on-call personal shopper at Sporty’s. Gold members have unlimited access to Sporty’s library of “What You Should Know” videos, Air Facts videos, and instant access to new and updated courses as they are released. In addition, Gold level crew get free embroidery and the opportunity to apply for $2,500 flight training scholarships that are available exclusively to Gold and Platinum Flight Crew members.
Platinum members have unlimited access to Sporty’s training courses (private, instrument, eFIRC), a free flying lesson at Sporty’s Academy, “office hours” chats with Sporty’s CFIs, members-only shopping times at EAA AirVenture and Sun ’n‘ Fun, participation in AvTrip (AvFuel) rewards, and access to other special offers throughout the year.
“Flight Crew Platinum really is the ultimate membership for active pilots,” said John Zimmerman, vice president, catalog division, Sporty’s Pilot Shop. “The benefits alone are worth $1,000 if you purchased them all separately from Sporty’s.”