Epic Flight Academy Awards

Epic Flight Academy Awards and Recognitions

Epic Flight Academy has been recognized by numerous organizations for its contributions, excellence, and community involvement. Regardless of the honors and awards we receive, Epic strives to serve our students, staff, and community. Therefore, we aspire to meet the highest standards in all we do. Epic Flight Academy has been a member of the Better Business Bureau since 2018 and the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce since 2017.

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

Epic AOPA Special Citation
The AOPA recognized Epic Flight Academy in 2006.
Epic 2019 News Journal Award
In 2019, the Daytona Beach News-Journal recognized Epic as a Top Workplace with this Certificate of Excellence.
Orlando Sentinel Top Workplace Award
Director of Human Resources, Phyllyis Cunniffe, accepted the 2022 Orlando Sentinel Top Workplace Award.

2022Orlando Sentinel Top Workplace Award

2019Daytona News-Journal Top Workplace Award

2019FAA 100% Pass Rate

2016 – National Guard – Patriotic Employer Award

2007 – Cessna Flight Training Excellence

2006 AOPA Special Citation

Cessna Safety Standards Award

Employee Honors and Achievements

Epic Flight Academy Employee Awards and Honors

Epic Flight Academy is proud to hire highly skilled staff who have received their own share of accolades. We salute their commitment to excellence and honor their achievements.

Captain Judy Rice holds the world absolute NAA speed record over a recognized course: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2021, “Captain Judy,” as she is known as Epic, wrote the foreword for 101 Trailblazing Women of Air and Space: Astronauts and Aviators. Although Captain Judy retired in 2023, she continues to share her aviation wisdom in Captain Judy’s Corner.

CFI Hal Maskiell received the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2017. Hal’s instructor certificate displays the FAA’s coveted gold seal, which is given to flight instructors who meet a higher standard of performance.

In 2017, Captain Mike Thompson authored Telling Is Not Teaching: The Flight Instructor’s Handbook.

Aircraft mechanic instructors Dennis Holland and Gary Hoyle are both recipients of the FAA Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.

In 2020, Dr. Cindy Lovell, Director of Education, co-authored Linguistics for K-12 Classroom Application. In 2021, she co-edited the 4th edition of Preparing the Way: Teaching ELs in the Pre-K – 12 Classroom , and in 2023 co-authored The Big Book of ESOL Activities: Preparation for Educators, Administrators, and School Counselors. Cindy was also recognized for “Excellence in Undergraduate Education” by the University of South Florida in 2021 and 2023 where she is an adjunct professor.

Josh Rawlins, COO and Director of the Aircraft Mechanic Program, received national acclaim when the National Business Aviation Association honored him as the 2022 Business Aviation Top 40 Under 40 Recipient in the field of Maintenance. Josh was also recognized by the Daytona Beach News-Journal in its ’40 Under Forty’ Program in 2021.

Josh Rawlins NBAA 2022
NBAA CEO Ed Bolen (L) presented Josh Rawlins with the top award In the Maintenance category.
Josh Rawlins 40 Under Forty
The Daytona Beach News-Journal recognized Epic COO Josh Rawlins in 2021.
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