The library was founded in 1997 in memory of Joseph F. Vorbeck, the world-renowned aviation educator, co-founder of Sporty's Academy and member of the Flight Instructor's Hall of Fame.
The library today is used extensively by Sporty's Academy
and is also open to the public during Sporty's
normal business hours. Joseph Vorbeck was raised in Rochester, New York and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Engineering.After tours in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army (where he attained the rank of Captain) in 1958, Vorbeck became a commercial pilot and a flight instructor the next year.
At that time Joe
went to Champaign, Illinois as an aviation professor at the University of Illinois
.Later he was appointed Chairman of General Aviation Technology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
During the middle 60's, Vorbeck
and two partners created the first of what is know today as a "weekend seminar."Their 3-day schools were given for many years at locations throughout the U.S. for private, instrument, and commercial pilots.In 1987 Vorbeck moved to Batavia, OH, where he co-founded Sporty's Academy.
Known as "Mr.Instrument Flying," several people have said Joe
knew more about instrument flying than anyone else in the world.
The Vorbeck Aviation Library features books, videos, manuals, DVDs, advisory circulars, regulations and magazines all categorized for your convenience.The library is clean and free from distraction.A large study table, computer, TV, VCR and DVD player are all provided for use in the library.If you're having trouble finding the correct reference, chances are you'll find it at the Vorbeck Library
The aviation education legacy of Joe Vorbeck lives on today with Sporty's Academy
and the Vorbeck Aviation Library
himself donated a great deal of the books and material available today.The Vorbeck Library
is located on the second floor of Sporty's
Headquarters across from Sporty's Café
at the Clermont County/Sporty's Airport.