Friday photo: giving back



The moment: Sharing a new aviation experience with my protege

The pilots: Capt. Tyler Stargardt (right) and Nate Vucsko-Cameron

The place: Visit to the tower

The aircraft: N/A

The memory: Capt. Tyler Stargardt (right) was the first EAA Next Step and Sporty s Learn to Fly Course participant to earn his Private pilot certificate at age 17. Tyler went on to serve as an ambassador for the EAA Next Step program and was awarded the Young Eagles Flight Training Scholarship in 2010.

Tyler is a true Young Eagles success story rising to the rank of Captain early in his airline career and has never stopped giving back. This includes mentoring recent Next Step participant, Nate, who Tyler describes as his “twin” only 10 years his junior.


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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.


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