Authors Posts by Eric Radtke

Eric Radtke

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It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. "While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice." He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.

Friday photo: Priscilla Marapodi Commercial Multiengine checkride

The moment: Commercial Multiengine checkride The pilot: Priscilla Marapodi The place: Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, CA The aircraft: Beech Duchess The memory: I’m very happy for...

Friday photo: Kyle Meskus private pilot

Kyle Meskus, private pilot checkride at Keen Dillant-Hopkins Airport (KEEN) Keene, NH. It took a lot of work but I was able to persevere and accomplish my goal of becoming a private pilot.

Women in Aviation announces 2020 scholarships valued at nearly $600k

Application deadline: November 12, 2019 Scholarships abound from Women in Aviation International (WAI). More than 100 scholarships will be awarded in 2020 with a value...

Apply now for FlyGirl/Sporty’s Advanced Pilot Training Scholarship

FlyGirl / Sporty’s Advanced Pilot Training Scholarship – Value:  $3,100 Deadline to apply: September 1, 2019 Natalie Fiser Kelley, in partnership with Sporty's Foundation, is proud...

Friday photo: brother sister first solo

I got to solo both my kids this week! They both did fantastic. The future looks bright. Both will be attending Liberty University this fall to pursue advanced ratings in preparation for careers in aviation.

Webinar video: Tips and tricks for passing your checkride with Jason Blair

Join preeminent designated pilot examiner, Jason Blair, as he offers valuable tips and insights for checkride day. You'll learn that understanding what to expect...

Friday photo: Ngierot Edwards-Smith solo flight

The moment: Practice area solo The pilot: Ngierot Edwards-Smith The place: Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Orlando, FL The aircraft: C172 The memory: I had just completed my...

Friday photo: back to instructing…MEI checkride

The moment: Multiengine instructor (MEI) checkride The pilot: Chris DeMaria The place: Renton Municipal Airport (KRNT), Renton, WA The aircraft: Piper Seminole The memory: After a long time...

Free webinar: Weather Fundamentals and Strategy with Meteorologist Scott Dimmich

Thursday, July 18 - 8pm ET Flying and weather are inseparable.  Every pilot must understand weather fundamentals and possess a healthy curiosity of the unknown....

My scariest moment in an airplane was when…

I narrowly escaped a midair collision. However you may choose to define “luck,” credit this phenomenon with another save because, by the time we saw the other airplane, it was too late for our climbing turn to have prevented an impact if it were meant to be. And by virtue of the other airplane never having taken evasive action, I’m confident they never saw us.