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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.

Webinar: Garmin GFC600 Autopilot

The full-featured GFC 600 autopilot provides thousands of existing fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with a simple, light-weight and cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. Designed as...

Friday photo: Kendall Wilson Private pilot checkride

The moment: Private pilot checkride The pilot: Kendall Wilson The place: W.H "Bud" Barron Airport (KDBN), Dublin, GA The aircraft: Cessna 172N The memory: We had thunderstorms for two weeks straight...

Sporty’s webinar: Behind the Scenes with Sporty’s 2019 Learn to Fly Course

Take a deep dive into Sporty's 2019 courses and see a demonstration of all of the helpful new features including a major update to...

Ask a CFI: dangers of distracted flying (video)

Welcome to the third episode in our new video series, Ask A Sporty's CFI, where we talk to the 25 flight instructors we have on staff at Sporty's Academy to get their tips for safer and smoother flying. In this installment, hear from Chief Instructor Eric Radtke, who shares his thoughts on distracted flying and the importance of a thoughtful plan for taxi, takeoff and departure.

Friday photo: father/son flight and pilot anniveraries

The moment: Father/son flight and pilot anniversaries The pilot: Jorge Vielledent (left) and Jorge E. Vielledent The place: vicinity of El Paso International (KELP), El Paso, TX The...

Apply now for AOPA flight training scholarships

80 students to receive $10,000 awards AOPA is awarding 80 flight training scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to high school students ages 15...

5 most popular articles from 2018

Please enjoy our five most popular articles from 2018. On behalf of the Student Pilot News team, Happy New Year and best...

Friday photo: John Dundas first solo

The moment: First solo (age 85) The pilot: John Dundas The place: Fairchild International Airport (KCLM), Port Angeles, WA The aircraft: C172M The memory: A couple of years ago a pilot "friend"...

Friday photo: Darick Gundy first solo, first Sonex flight

The moment: First solo / first Sonex flight The pilot: Darick Gundy The place: Bermudian Valley Airpark (07N) - Kralltown, PA The aircraft: Champ / Sonex The memory: At age 56 I...

Friday photo: first solo Dallas Padgitt

  The moment: First solo The pilot: Dallas Padgitt The place: Clermont County Airport (I69) - Batavia, OH The aircraft: Cessna 172 The memory: At first I was incredibly nervous to fly...