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.
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CFI Tips: Collision Avoidance

It's always the responsibility of the pilot to see and avoid other air traffic and effective collision avoidance is an active process. Sporty's CFI,...

Scheduling your FAA written exam

So you’ve completed your Sporty’s home study course or received an endorsement from your CFI to take your FAA written test - now what? The...

New webinar video: Learning to Fly – How to Get Started

Learning to fly will unlock a world of possibilities and give you unparalleled freedom to see the world. It is a truly unique experience—one...

FAA Hosting Virtual Aviation Safety STEM Career Symposium – April 29

If you or someone you know is a high school or middle school student who may be interested in an aviation-related career, register now...

CFI Tips: Entering the Traffic Pattern

Traffic pattern entries, especially at non-towered airports, can be confusing and even chaotic without a proper plan. Sporty's CFI, Charlie Dietz, discusses strategies to...

FAA releases new advisory circular – Pilot’s Guide to a Preflight Briefing

The FAA has released a new Advisory Circular (AC) titled Pilot’s Guide to a Preflight Briefing to provide guidance in developing a thoughtful plan...

You’re only as good as your endorsements

As a newly minted student pilot, you’ll naturally rely on your flight instructor to lead the process of becoming a pilot. You’ll entrust this...

CFI Tips: Go-Arounds

Pilots are often too reluctant to execute go-arounds and because they aren't practiced regularly, pilots frequently make mistakes in performing the maneuvers. Hear more...

CFI Tips: ATC Communication

Many students, and even experienced pilots, experience some trepidation in interacting with ATC. After all, we want to get it right and sound like...

UPDATED: FAA approves new COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson and Johnson

UPDATED: February 28, 2021 Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, the...