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.

5 steps to ensure a happy family flight

General aviation (GA) created two more days of vacation, relaxation and memories. In my opinion, the only option for making the 600+ mile journey feasible in a week’s time was by air. Yes, GA can be a realistic, cost-effective travel tool and I live it. It begins with a good plan and the right expectations.

Updated Private and Commercial Airman Certification Standards

Effective June 12, 2017 - Sporty's Learn to Fly Course updated   FAA recently announced changes to the evaluation standards for slow flight and certain stall...

Save money with these 5 simple flight training steps

Learning to fly is not getting cheaper, but there's no substitute for the magic of flight. It's a significant investment, but one with amazing benefits...

Pilots Guide to BasicMed

If you’ve held a valid medical certificate at any point after July 14, 2006, you may never have to see an Aviation Medical Examiner...

Webinar – flying drones and the new Part 107 rules

The emerging drone market is creating opportunities in nearly every industry, and offers new pilots another option for an aviation career. Join the experts from Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the leading authority on drone operations, to explore the new Part 107 regulations, how to become a drone pilot, and the top training resources to keep you safe and help launch your drone business.

5 steps to ace that airline interview

“Congratulations, it’s our pleasure to offer you a first officer position with our airline.  We believe you have the right qualifications and experience to...

Share your aviation adventure with us

Sporty’s StudentPilotNews welcomes you to share your aviation adventures. Did you just complete a memorable first solo or checkride?  Did you experience one of those...

FAA medical reform – what it means for pilots

If you’ve held a valid medical certificate in the past 10 years, you may never have to see an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) again. ...

Guide to Part 107 Drone Operations

On August 29, 2016, new operational rules become effective for routine, commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or “drones.” It’s known as Part 107 and is viewed as an early pathway to fully integrating drones into the national airspace. The much anticipated rulemaking has been applauded by many industry trade groups and helps provide structure to what has been a somewhat chaotic environment.
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Airman Certification Standards (ACS) – a pilot report

A new, enhanced version of the Practical Test Standards (PTS) is coming mid-June, 2016 for Private Pilot Airplane and Instrument Rating Airplane. The ACS is a good and necessary evolution of the PTS that’s sure to bring about greater synergy across all phases of certification by integrating the applicable components.
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