Hal Shevers, founder of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, is the keynote speaker at today’s Wichita Aero Club luncheon.
He began in 1961 by selling small radios that picked up airport control towers in 1961 out of the trunk of his car.
Shevers, an engineering grad from Purdue, worked at Cincinnati Milling Co. when he decided to start flight instructing. He eventually created a three-day ground school course.
Fifty-one years later, Shevers is recognized as one of the industry's most successful business executives, said event organizer and Wichita Aero Club executive director Dave Franson.
Shever is the founder and chairman of Sportsman's Market and Sporty's Academy, along with Sporty's Pilot Shop, a mail order enterprise.
The luncheon begins at noon at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
For information, call 316-681-4491 or go to www.wichitaaeroclub.org.