Erik Eliel, founder and president of Radar Training International, has been involved in aviation since 1979. His earliest years as a professional aviator were as an Air Force pilot flying the T-38, C-141, and the U-2. His interest with radar began in 1991 while flying airlift and transport missions to Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. In 1997, Erik was selected to join the cadre of instructors at the Air Force Advanced Instrument School in San Antonio, Texas, teaching advanced instrument concepts to pilots representing all branches of the DOD, NASA, and Federal Law Enforcement agencies. It was here that Erik developed and taught the first-ever formal weather radar course for Air Force pilots.
Erik’s early interest with weather radar and severe convective weather was inspired by the work of industry legends Bob Buck, Jim Cook, J.T. Lee, Archie Trammell, and Dr. Fred Bates. Currently, his radar seminar is offered both domestically and abroad. It has been presented to professional pilots representing the flight departments of Fortune 500 companies, aviation associations, the military, and a major airline, as well as to dispatchers and meteorologists of aviation-related companies. He has been called on by manufacturers of airborne weather radar systems to consult in the design, operational employment, and evaluation of their systems. His radar- and weather-related articles have been published in the NBAA Journal of Business Aviation and in Business & Commercial Aviation. In addition, his input has been solicited for safety-orientated publications such as the Flight Safety Foundation’s magazine AeroSafety World.
Erik has over 10,000 hours of flying time and he is currently a line pilot for a major airline, logging more than 800 hours annually. RTI maintains active memberships in multiple different professional flying organizations and associations, including NBAA.