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.

Stop dreaming, start flying!

Thinking of becoming a pilot? A surging demand for pilots, technological advancements, and access to modern learning resources make for an ideal time to begin your journey. The demand for professional pilots has never been greater. Recent data indicates that pilot certification changes and increased demand for air travel have had far-reaching industry effects.

Friday photo: Wilkes Ellsworth first solo

I have wanted to fly an airplane my entire life and can honestly say it was one of the happiest and most fulfilling days I have ever experienced. I can't wait to continue my training and see where it and the aircraft will take me next.

Friday photo: Matt Crossty private pilot checkride

From a young age my Dad taught me the joys of flying. My Dad and I would watch the flight operations at CVG. Ever since then I knew becoming a pilot was something I wanted to do. Now it’s a dream come true.

Friday photo: Joan Manuel De La Cruz private pilot checkride

The moment: Private pilot checkride The pilot: Joan Manuel De La Cruz The place: North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, FL The...

Combining IFR and visual flight

If we didn’t have access to the variety of visual IFR procedures or the option for VFR flight, the system would quite simply be overwhelmed. Where the breakdowns and inefficiencies occur, can often be attributed to a lack of awareness on the part of pilots or failure to take advantage of our options for combining IFR and VFR flight.

Friday photo: Joseph Ermel private pilot checkride

It was a thorough and fun exam. After months of diligent studying, practicing, and preparation, I felt confident enough and was proud of my deliverance. My mind was set on earning my PPL for years, and I worked hard to get to this point to succeed. I am grateful for all of the support I've received over the years from my mentors - and especially my Grandfather, Arnold Zimmerman (EAA 205374.) Now on to the Instrument ! See you on the Flightline!

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...