Erik Ford
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Erik Ford | Flight Instructor

Certificates & Ratings Held:  CFI, CFII

Aircraft Specialization:

CESSNADIAMOND
C162
C172
DA40

Instructor Bio

Aviation has always been a major presence in my life. My father was a pilot for American Airlines and based in Chicago, which is where I grew up.  My father’s airline career gave me a very unique exposure to aviation at a young age.  I remember visiting my dad in Dallas, TX while he was there for training and having the opportunity to fly the MD-80 simulator when I was about ten years old.  Flying that simulator was exhilarating!  I wasn’t very good, but I loved it and the experience has stuck with me.

Although I was extremely interested in aviation at a young age, I decided to explore other career paths.  I attended the University of Illinois-Chicago and completed a bachelor's degree in English and Rhetorical Studies.  After college, I worked as a Logistics Analyst, but I quickly realized sitting behind a desk all day was not for me. I completed my Private Pilot Certificate while working, then decided to take the plunge and fulfill my dream to pursue a career in aviation! I completed the rest of my training to be a flight instructor.  I’m excited to share my love and enthusiasm for aviation with others!