Sporty’s Instructors

Certified Flight Instructors

Sporty’s Academy’s staff of professional instructors are dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment. Our instructors are experienced, knowledgeable and share a passion for flying and education. Call us at 1.513.735.9100 or email Fly@SportysAcademy.comto schedule your first lesson or contact one of our CFIs below directly to schedule your first lesson.

David Zitt
Title: Flight School Manager
Current Ratings: CFI, CFII, CFI-G, CFI-ME
Education: University of Cincinnati
Originally From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact: 513.735.9100 x264
“Ever since I took my first ride in a Gulfstream, I knew I wanted to be a pilot.”
Eric Radtke
Title: President, Sporty’s Academy, Inc., FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor, NAFI Master Certified Flight Instructor (2006)
Current Ratings: CFI, CFII, ATP, Gold Seal, AGI, NAFI Master Flight Instructor
Education: University of Cincinnati
Originally From: Cincinnati, OH
Contact: 513.735.9100 x352
“If we are walking around the airport, I want to teach the student who looks up each time an airplane passes overhead.”
Paul E. Jurgens II
Title: Vice President Sporty’s Academy, Chief Instructor-Multiengine & Glider Operations, Assistant Chief Instructor-Single Engine Airplanes, FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor, Master Flight Instructor, Master Ground Instructor
Current Ratings: CFI-SE, CFI-IA, CFI-ME, CFI-G, AGI, IGI, ATP-MEL, SES, Com-SEL and Glider, Dispatcher, Gold Seal, NAFI Master Flight Instructor, NAFI Master Ground Instructor
Education: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Miami University
Originally From: New Paris, OH
Contact: 513.735.9100 x212
“I love the challenge of flight without an engine, especially the landings.”
Bret Koebbe
Title: Vice President Sporty’s Academy, Check Airman, FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor, NAFI Master Certified Flight Instructor (2008)
Current Ratings: CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, CE-500 Type Rating, IGI, AGI, Gold Seal, NAFI Master Flight Instructor
Education: University of Cincinnati
Originally From: Cincinnati, OH
Contact: 513.735.9100 x231
“I like teaching people who see flying as an enjoyment, not necessarily a career.”
Andy Capetillo
Title: FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, NAFI Master Certified Flight Instructor (2007)
Current Ratings: CFI,CFII, MEI, CFI-G, AGI, ATP, LR-JET Type Rating, Commercial ASES, Gold Seal, NAFI Master Instructor
Education: University of Cincinnati
Originally From: Toledo, Ohio
Contact: 513.735.9100 x292
“This job is fun, challenging, and rewarding especially seeing a student progress from their first solo to becoming a commercial pilot.”
Eric Francis
Title: Senior Flight Instructor, NAFI Master Certified Flight Instructor (2007), Check Airman
Current Ratings: CFI, CFII, MEI, IGI, ATP, LR-JET, LR-60, CL604, Gold Seal, NAFI Master Flight Instructor
Education: University of Cincinnati, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Originally From: Independence, Kentucky
Contact: 513.735.9100 x289
“I work hard to keep the lessons efficient and enjoyable. As a Flight Instructor, it is very rewarding to share my passion for aviation and help other people create their own adventures.”
Matt Meyer
Title: Senior Flight Instructor, Gold Seal, Advanced Ground Instructor, NAFI Master Certified Flight Instructor (2007), Designated Pilot Examiner
Current Ratings: ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI-G, Gold Seal, AGI, NAFI Master Flight Instructor
Education: University of Cincinnati; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Originally From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact: 513.735.9100 x262
“Flying is thrilling freedom. As humans, we value our freedom. For me, flying is the best way to celebrate it.”
Charissa A. Dyer-Kendler, Ph.D.
Title: Flight Instructor
Current Ratings: CFI, CFII, CFI-G, Gold Seal, AGI
Education: Alma College; Wayne State University
Originally From: Hartland, Michigan
Contact: 513.739.9100 x 279
“Dreaming of flying is exciting, but does not begin to compare to the actual sensation of flying. Adventure and challenge await those who turn the dream of flying into reality.”
Todd A. Ritchey
Title: Senior Gold Seal Flight Instructor; Advanced Ground Instructor; Check Airman
Current Ratings: CFI, CFII, CFI-G, Gold Seal, IGI, ATP, BE-200 and LR-60
Education: USAF, University of Cincinnati, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Originally From: Goshen, Ohio
Contact: 513.735.9100 x261
“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to say I look forward to going to work.”
Colin O’Rourke
Title: Flight Instructor
Current Ratings: CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal, IGI
Education: University of Cincinnati
Originally From: Cincinnati, OH
Contact: 513.735.9100 x293
“Life is a journey, why not take the high road? Experience the world from a different angle and join us.”
Timothy Pence
Title: Master Flight Instructor
Current Ratings: CFI, CFI-I, MEI, AGI, IGI, Master Flight Instructor
Education: University of Cincinnati
Originally From: Cincinnati, OH
Contact: 513.735.9100 x294
“I believe that the most rewarding challenge in aviation is training others to fly.”
Tom Baresel
Title: Flight Instructor
Current Ratings: CFI
Education: BM. MM, Wichita State University
Originally From: Junction City, KS
Contact: 513.735.9100 x283
“As a kid I piled up boxes around me for my airplane and stuck a fan out front on one for the engine. Every time I fly I feel like that kid again, and I get to help bring that out of others now. Amazing.”
Zach Herrmann
Title: Flight Instructor
Current Ratings: CFI
Education: University of Cincinnati
Originally From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact: 513.735.9100 x276
“The miracle of flight is an experience that one will not forget. From the first flight until the last check ride and on, every single flight brings it’s own unique challenges and situations. The best part is that almost anyone can take that first step. Start flying now and open up a world of endless possibilities that will stay with you for your entire life.”
Travis Kuhn
Title: Flight Instructor
Current Ratings: CFI, CFII
Education: BS Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Originally From: Cincinnati, OH
Contact: 513.735.9100 x271
“All my life I have dreamed of being able to get into the skies, and now I am blessed to be able to allow others to live their dreams. In the words of Leonardo Da Vinci “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. “
Cory Deming
Title: Flight Instructor
Current Ratings: CFI
Education: University of Cincinnati
Originally From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact: 513.735.9100 x 287
“The sensation and gratification of your first takeoff and landing is one you will never forget and will never regret.”