Sporty’s Academy Named Outstanding Flight School by AOPA

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Sporty’s Academy is an Outstanding Flight School for 2013 based on an Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association (AOPA) survey of individuals who experienced flight training in the past 24 months. Eric Radtke, president of Sporty’s Academy, will accept the award at AOPA’s Flight Training and Pilot Community Summit on October 9 in Fort Worth, TX preceding AOPA’s Aviation Summit.

“We have worked hard to create a customer-centric flight training experience at Sporty’s,” says Radtke. “We believe in modular training and manageable goal setting for our students. We have created a robust airport community where students and customers can interact and garner support from fellow pilots.”

Sporty’s success may also be measured by its 0% drop-out rate, which means, that in the past 24 months no student has dropped out between first solo and successful checkride.

One of Sporty’s more successful training initiatives is its “Finish Up” program where a student who has dropped out of flight training at another flight school gets back in and devotes the time necessary to earn his or her certificate. The Finish Up training is a program that is custom designed for each individual student based on past experience and future goals.

“Our Finish Up program has drawn students from all over the United States,” says Radtke. “Sad to say that the pool of prospects for this program is a large one, so one by one we’ll turn these prospects into pilots.”

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