Podcast: flight training trends and the life of an airline pilot


Why is flight training so strong, even after a pandemic that stopped airline pilot hiring? What do flight instructors wish students knew about learning to fly? What’s it like to be an airline pilot? Eric Radtke answers these questions and many more, in the first episode of Sporty’s Fast Five Podcast, hosted by John Zimmerman. In the “ready to copy” segment, Eric talks about whether he prefers steam gauges or glass cockpits, flying with kids, and the best Cincinnati chili restaurants.

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Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. He is an ATP and also holds ratings for multiengine, seaplanes, gliders, and helicopters. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Air Facts, John is a Vice President at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, responsible for new product development and marketing.