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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ATC hours reduced and other preflight considerations

It’s no secret that airline travel has suffered mightily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Air carriers have substantially cut schedules and we’ve even seen sad...

Webinar video: Garmin new products update with Michael Kerrigan

Garmin has kept up its relentless pace of innovation recently, including the innovative GI 275 flight display, the affordable GPS 175 panel-mount navigator, the...

Friday photo: mountain wave cloud formation

The moment: Mountain wave cloud formation The pilot: anonymous The place: Near North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Las Vegas, NV The aircraft: Cessna Citation 550 The memory: Mountain...

Webinar video: how to use flight simulators to stay current

We all know that flight simulators can provide huge value in flight training, but only if used properly. In this online presentation, we will...

Webinar video: Datalink Weather how to use ADS-B and SiriusXM in the cockpit

Datalink weather has the potential to make your flying safer and more comfortable - but only if you know how to use it properly....

Friday photo: first solo Vedu Ruia

  The moment: First solo The pilot: Vedu Ruia The place: Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF), Tampa, FL. The aircraft: C172 The memory:This image is quite special to me...

Webinar video: Flying with the iPad—Your Digital Copilot

This presentation from Sporty’s and iPad Pilot News covers a wide range of practical topics on flying with the iPad and the ForeFlight Mobile...

Sporty’s Introduces Commercial Pilot Test Prep Course

Sporty’s latest training course will help pilots earn a Commercial pilot certificate, an essential step on the way to a job as a flight...

Friday photo: practicing social distancing at a grass strip

  The moment: Practicing social distancing at a grass strip in the country The pilot: Anonymous The place: Southwestern Ohio The aircraft: Citabria The memory: A much-needed solo escape...

10 aviation activities to get you through COVID-19

Does the COVID-19 crisis have you down? Yes, unprecedented recommendations and orders have made it challenging to get that aviation fix, but blue skies are ahead and there are activities to participate in right now so that you’re ready to hit the ground running. Here are 10 aviation activities you can participate in right now to help keep you connected.