Captain Judy Rice

Captain Judy Rice at Epic Flight Academy

Captain Judy Rice is a renowned aviator who taught Epic’s Ground School course for nearly six years. Although she retired in 2023, she continues to support Epic’s scholarship program and write articles for Captain Judy’s Corner. Her experiences include:

  • Epic Flight Academy Private Pilot Ground Instructor
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
  • 16 Years Formal Classroom Experience in Special Education
  • Instrument, Commercial, Multi-engine, and Citation type-rated
  • Advanced Ground Instructor and Certified Flight Instructor
  • Around the World Flight, 2015
  • World Speed Record, 2015
Captain Judy Rice Library at Epic
Epic’s library is named in Captain Judy’s honor.

Captain Judy Rice has had a life-long passion for aviation and aerospace technology. This interest and sixteen years in formal education eventually brought her into the field of aerospace education. She values the experience gained as a teacher in special education because it gave her a broad knowledge of the learning process.

Captain Rice has visited more than 100 countries and all of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. 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, advanced ground instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor, and she has logged more than 3,000 hours in numerous aircraft. For years she owned and flew a Grumman Yankee airplane she nicknamed “Chuck.”

Rice’s portfolio includes numerous awards and accomplishments, including a world speed record. She is a member of many aviation and space organizations. Captain Judy, as she is affectionately known as Epic, wrote the foreword for 101 Trailblazing Women of Air and Space: Aviators and Astronauts. Captain Judy is currently working on her own book, and we can’t wait to read it.

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