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 Tips to Avoid Mistaken Airport Identity

In November, a Boeing 747 that was supposed to deliver parts to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, landed nine miles north at...

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Flying Blues

For those of us not flying in sunny, warm climates all year round, the winter flying season may involve anything but...“flying”.  Cold, colorless days...

4 Tips for Effective Study

There’s no hiding the fact that earning a pilot certificate will most certainly involve some study.  While certain topics will come easier for some,...

FAA Ramp Checks – Know Your Rights

Earlier this week I witnessed something not all that common in general aviation – an FAA Ramp Check.  If you've never heard of a...

You’ve Heard of the Pre-Flight, but what about the Post-Flight?

There’s never a good time for something to break, especially in aviation.  But things do break and airplanes do require care and service, so...

Non-Towered Airport Ops Briefing

The pending closure of 149 contract control towers as a result of the FAA’s sequestration plan has brought the issue (or non-issue) of non-towered...

Integrating Written Test Prep in Your Flight Training

As I’m sure you’re aware, your pilot certification is a multi-step process that will include a written testing component – similar to earning your...

Success in Flight Training – Take it One Step at a Time

Manageable Goals Makes it Fun and Keep you Focused Our extensive experience in aviation education; including more than 20 years managing our own flight school,...

Night Visual Approaches – Deserving of a Backup

You’re in the third hour of a cross-county flight which will push your landing in to the night hours. Your destination is a first time visit and ATC instructions will require a non-standard pattern to the unfamiliar airport. Or perhaps, arriving at a pilot-controlled airport, the temptation to fly a non-standard arrival is too great due to the lack of activity at this late hour. Sound realistic or something that has happened to you ?

Is Corrective Vision Surgery for you?

It's estimated that some 55% of civilian pilots use some form of vision correction, most notably, glasses or contact lenses.  But advances in corrective...