- Punta Gorda US-FL
Outside of his responsibilities as a managing member of Gold Star Kiosk, Eric Hackney maintains a passion for flying and holds a piloting license. As Eric Hackney knows, securing a private pilot license involves a significant commitment of both time and money. Before beginning the process, individuals must undergo a physical from a medical examiner certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Training begins with ground school, which may involve classroom instruction, at-home learning, and videos, depending on the flight school. After completing coursework, the candidate must pass a multiple-choice FAA exam before commencing flight training. Pilot license candidates must complete at least 40 hours of flight time, although most individuals complete 60 hours or more. At least 20 hours of flying is with an instructor and at least 10 hours is solo. Also, the candidate must fly cross-country a distance of at least 100 nautical miles and then successfully fly three more similar solo trips. In addition, five hours of night instruction are mandatory. The final step involves a “check ride” with an FAA-certified examiner, who ensures the pilot has the skills and knowledge necessary to operate a single-engine aircraft safely. From this point, individuals can pursue certification for flying in different conditions and manning larger aircraft.
The proprietor of Gold Star Kiosk and CyberGT Systems, Eric Hackney is not only a committed businessman, but also supports a number of humanitarian endeavors. Focused on improving Haiti, Eric Hackney leads a group that sends items from America to Haiti and is starting an import/export business that will continue to support Haitian citizens. On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that severely damaged its capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding areas at a cost of $13 billion. The direct effects of the disaster also included 300,000 people losing their lives and 1 million people becoming homeless. Subsequently, thousands of people contracted cholera, which led to more deaths, and the rainy season further spread the condition. Following the disaster, numerous countries across the world showed their support for Haiti by sending money and donations to assist in rebuilding. In the four years since the earthquake, Haiti has shown signs of improvement. The number of people residing in tent camps has decreased from 1.5 million to less than 150,000. According to the Haitian government, 97 percent of the rubble has been removed. Additionally, the increased attention given to Haiti has encouraged the country to reposition itself as a potential tourist destination, with its beautiful beaches presented as a highlight. Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has constructed four airports and started an advertising campaign throughout Miami, Florida, inviting people to visit his nation.
Eric Hackney is the owner and managing member of the software developer and distributor Cyber GT Systems. He has owned several companies during his career, including Gold Star Kiosk and Sweepstakes Marketing Concepts. To stay active, Eric Hackney enjoys wakeboarding, scuba diving, and snow skiing. Wakeboarding, an aquatic sport, involves riding a wakeboard, which resembles a shorter, wider surfboard, over the water’s surface while holding a rope being pulled by a motorboat. It can be both challenging and fun, as well as a great workout. However, it often seems intimidating to beginners. Here are a few tips for a successful first ride: 1. Start with more rope: On your first wakeboard ride, you should keep the rope long, so that you stay further behind the boat, where the water is calmer. Once you get used to keeping your balance on the board, you can gradually use less rope and work your way up to rougher waters. 2. Maintain the correct positioning: The proper positioning involves standing sideways on the board with a slight twist in the upper body so the torso faces the boat. Your arms should be straight out and the knees should be slightly bent. 3. Experiment with shifting your weight: You can adjust your speed by moving around on the wakeboard. Moving further back on the board will slow it down, and shifting forward will make it go faster.