Authors Posts by Eric Radtke

Eric Radtke

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.

How to use ADS-B and Sirius XM datalink weather in the cockpit

Follow along with AirFacts editor and weather guru John Zimmerman as he discusses in-flight weather services and real world weather flying strategies. From the...

Friday photo: Granddaughter, Paris Jones, first solo

After 40 years at American Airlines I’m excited that so many young adults like Paris are discovering aviation as a career again. For a long time it wasn’t this way, and the efforts of organizations like Sporty’s, AOPA, EAA and others is having a positive effect. No word can describe how happy and proud of her we are.

Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) updated

Updates to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), change 3, went into effect on February 28. Among the updates, the AIM advises users of the...

Friday photo: Garrett Gray Private pilot checkride

The memory: It feels great to have passed the Private checkride and be an official pilot. I am excited to share this experience with my friends and family, and I can't wait to see what excitement the next ratings and certificates bring!

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...