After retiring as an active Pilot, Ernie Stadvec, resumed a television career with the Ernie Stadvec TV show on the eleven station On Air and Cable Cleveland-Akron Television Network (CAT-TV). While building his flying business and freight airline, he hosted the Captain Ernie’s Flying Club kid’s show on WAKR-TV and broadcast Weather and Traffic reports from the air for 12 years on WAKR and WCUE Radio. He was later inducted into the Akron Radio Hall of Fame as the first airborne weather and traffic broadcaster in the United States.
He was Sports Directory at WADC also in Akron doing sports news and the Game of the Week high school football play by play.
Mr. Stadvec has had articles and stories published in the Akron Beacon Journal and Cleveland Plain Dealer news papers and also in magazines including Flying, The AOPA Pilot, General Aviation News, Historic Aviation, Reader’s Digest, Highway Magazine plus many other newspapers and trade publications. A screenplay, Mound Street Tigers was optioned by Place Productions. He has written eighteen books on aviation subjects that were published and marketed by Essco Aircraft. He has written three novels; ‘Even Kings Must Fall’, ‘Lily Marlene’ and ‘Mound Street Tigers’, that are making the rounds of publishers.
Mr. Stadvec spent thirteen years active and Reserve status with the Army Air Corps and Air Force leaving with the rank of First Lieutenant.
He also had a brief Airline career with Capital Airlines, then started his own freight airline and flying school, Shawnee Airways, where he was President and Chief Pilot until retiring.
A graduate of the University of Akron, played three years of football and four years of baseball. After he started his own flying business, Mr. Stadvec taught aviation subjects at the University of Akron and Wooster College.
In 2012 he was inducted into the University of Akron Hall of Fame and received the Mike Krino award for achievement.
- 1942-1946 World War II Army Air Corps B-29 Gunner.
- Commissioned June 1950 2nd Lieutenant.
- Recalled during Korean War and served 13 years active and reserve duty as 1st Lieutenant.