About Epic Flight Academy
Our mission is to provide an unparalleled pathway to achieving professional pilot dreams through innovative flight education and technologically-advanced aviation resources.
Established in 1999, Epic Flight Academy opened its doors originally as Epic Aviation, offering both FAA pilot training and FBO services. CEO Danny Perna shifted the focus solely to flight training in 2002, maintaining consistent growth through forward thinking and an innovative approach to the aviation market. Leading the industry, Epic was one of the first flight schools to offer standardized glass-cockpit aircraft in 2005, which allowed students to train with instrumentation similar to the technology utilized by the airlines. Epic’s S.M.A.R.T. Program takes students from zero experience to airline pilot in as few as two years.
Continuing to expand the worldwide network of safe, talented pilots, the flight school developed an expedited Professional Pilot Pathway, minimizing both course cost and time for aspiring airline pilots. Receiving Cessna’s “Flight Training Excellence” award and recognized as an authorized Cessna Service Center to for high quality maintenance, Epic Flight Academy has been the top choice for students from 80+ countries who trained to fly within every Civil Aviation Authority. Proudly partnering with a number of airlines to ensure our students have the knowledge and connections to achieve their career goals, our thousands of successful aviators are serving 300+ airlines worldwide. Epic is frequently in the news for its innovative approach to flight training.
Danny Perna, CEO – A third generation aviator, Danny’s grandfather, Anthony Perna, began as a Flight Instructor in a B17, completing his career as a Colonel in the US Air Force. Tony Perna, Danny’s father, worked directly and indirectly for Cessna Aircraft for 35 years developing international aircraft sales. Danny started Epic Aviation in 1999 with one Cessna 152 and has built the operation into an international full-service FBO and Flight Academy. Danny Perna is a unique business owner, not only being the founder of the operation, he also holds an FAA Multi-Engine Commercial, and is a Certified Flight Instructor and Authorized Maintenance Inspector.
Captain Judy Rice, Private Pilot Ground School Instructor – With a lifelong passion for aviation and aerospace technology, and well as 16 years in formal education, Judy entered the field of aerospace education. She enjoys traveling and has visited 100+ countries and all of the United States. In 2015, she successfully piloted a Citation Mustang around the world visiting over 10,000 students in 35 countries. She is an instrument rated, commercial, multi-engine, Citation type-rated pilot, advance ground instructor, certified flight instructor and has logged 3,000+ hours in numerous aircraft. Other than flying, Judy’s favorite way to spend her time is to assist Epic Flight Academy students in reaching their goals.
Dr. Cindy Lovell, Director of Education – Cindy holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stetson University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Her areas of expertise include gifted education, English as a second language, and Mark Twain. She has held tenured positions at Stetson University and Quincy University and served as Executive Director at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, MO and the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. Cindy believes in following your bliss, which is why she’s at Epic today. This is where she learned to fly, and she is thrilled to be working with flight students who are pursuing their passion. Cindy is the liaison for the Daytona State College Program and works with Epic’s flight instructors to assist with foreign students that are perfecting their aviation English.