Erik is off today
Hours: 10am - 8pm
Erik Ford | Flight Instructor
Certificates & Ratings Held: CFI, CFII
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!