Submitted by Brad Tombaugh on 19 November 2015 - 8:05pm

Eric works as a Train Master for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) in Montana. He graduated from the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, ND, with a dual major in Aviation Management and Air Traffic Control.

When he has free time, he also spends some time playing video games on his PlayStation4 and watching Blu-Ray movies.

One of Eric's interests has been with Flight Simulator. He found that there are virtual airlines online that connect to virtual air traffic control, link to real weather conditions, and fly the same routes as the commercial airlines. He has been involved in the Virtual Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center as a virtual air traffic controller, trainer, webmaster, events coordinator, and Air Traffic Manager.

Thanks to my uncle, Bill Yantiss, Eric had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in a full-motion Boeing 757 flight simulator at the United training center in spring 2006. He also had the opportunity to spend some time with a long-time friend and neighbor, Captain Chris Habig, in an Airbus A320 simulator during some training exercises.