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.

Sporty’s webinar – surviving the checkride – an examiner panel discussion

Preparing can be stressful, but taking a checkride doesn’t have to be. Understanding what to expect in your oral and practical, and how to...

The virtues of competition and a challenging flight home

The competition I had the distinct pleasure of representing Sporty’s at the 2018 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) annual flight competition–SAFECON. With nearly 30 schools...

Friday photo: Malena Modirzadeh private pilot checkride

On January 15, 2018 after an intense 4 hours of oral examination and 2 hours of flight examination, I earned my wings! This accomplishment marks the beginning of an amazing journey in aviation. I'm halfway through the challenging, but fun, instrument flying now.

Webinar video: Spring Flying Refresher

It’s not always easy for pilots to admit when they’re feeling a bit rusty, but it happens to all of us. Join Sporty's Academy...

Introducing Friday Photo – share your special aviation moments

Friday Photo is a new installment to Sporty's Student Pilot News for sharing those special moments capturing first solos, checkrides or other special memories. The...

How to master steep turns

Steep turns were my nemesis. While I didn’t fail an exam as a result, it was clearly a weak maneuver within my repertoire. Never...

Webinar video: behind the scenes with Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course

Sporty's 2018 Learn to Fly Course is the most thorough update yet to its award-winning complete pilot training system. With thousands of active students using...

How to survive checkride day

It’s here! It’s finally here. Checkride day. The opportunity to shine. The end of a chapter in your aviation journey filled with triumphs, yet...

Thinking about a collegiate aviation program? Consider this…

Despite an industry that has been plagued by bankruptcies, mergers and furloughs, the airline industry is in the midst of the biggest surge in...

Best-laid plans…

Things don’t always go as planned – a universal truth in life and readily apparent in aviation.  I experienced this first-hand on a recent...