Aeromedical Part 2: Hypoxia

Aeromedical Part 2: Hypoxia “Are my lips blue…?” The Cirrus SR22T effortless reached the altitude of 8,500 MSL. The airplane was turbocharged and had a built-in oxygen system for higher altitudes. The maximum altitudes along our 3-month national tour would not exceed 10,000 MSL. It was not likely we would be using the Cirrus oxygen system according to oxygen requirements when flying 12,500 MSL for over 30 minutes as stated in FAR 91.211. We had reached our crossing altitude before approaching the Arizona mountain ridges. My focus was on clearing the ridges with ample altitude if encountering turbulence. We were safely on the leeward side of the ridge when I […]

Airline Pilot Salary

How Much Is An Airline Pilot’s Salary?     People choose an airline pilot career for a variety of reasons, first and foremost being their love of flying and sense of adventure while seeing the world. However, with the growing demand for commercial airline pilots worldwide, airline pilots’ salaries have become an excellent reason to consider a career in aviation. If you have been thinking about becoming a pilot but are concerned with how much pilots are paid, you can be assured that for the relatively small investment you make in flight training, the financial rewards of a pilot’s paycheck are more than sufficient.     How much do pilots […]

Aeromedical Part 1: Motion Sickness

Aeromedical Part 1: Motion Sickness “I alerted my aerobatic instructor…” My earliest memory of riding in a car was leaning out the window for fresh air and positioning my head carefully into a brown paper bag while my stomach was churning. My parents reassured that eventually I would outgrow these queasy moments. At a very young age, I learned to avoid looking down, such as looking at picture books, if I were inside a moving vehicle. I also always had water, sat next to a window, and if all of these precautions did not work, then the brown paper bag was nearby. My first experiences as a student pilot produced […]

Technology and Problem-Solving

Technology and Problem-Solving “Our fuel stop was forecasting ceilings (clouds) at the lowest landing minimums and a slow moving line of thunderstorms…” My crew met me in the lobby for a quick cup of coffee before checking weather and then pre-flighting the Citation. We had our flight plan on file from our departure: Regina, Canada (CYQR) to Churchill, Canada (CYYQ) for a fuel stop, and then to Iqaluit, Canada (CYFB), our final destination on our second night of this world flight voyage. Our fuel stop was forecasting ceilings (clouds) at the lowest landing minimums and a slow-moving line of thunderstorms while our destination was reporting clear skies throughout the day […]

What is IACRA?

What is IACRA, and why is it important to pilots? IACRA stands for: Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application, which should be self-explanatory to some degree. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) administers pilot license applications and oversees the process to make sure pilots meet all regulatory and policy requirements. It is a web-based system where pilots can apply, monitor, and obtain certifications and ratings. Pilot training goes beyond the flying of an airplane. As you learn how to become a pilot, you also have to learn the rules, regulations, and procedures that not only govern flight but also those that govern pilot credentials. How does IACRA work? IACRA FAA offers […]

Indian Flight Students

Spotlight on Indian Flight Students Epic Flight Academy has trained thousands of pilots from around the world, and this month we’d like to feature some of our success stories from students who came all the way from India to train at Epic. Our Indian Pilot Program has proven successful for hundreds of Indian students. With 50,000 pilots needed in India by 2020, this is the perfect time to pursue a career in aviation. If you live in India and are looking for the right flight training program for you, we encourage you to read these success stories and then contact us with any questions you may have. The aviation industry […]

Daytona State College Collaboration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Morgan Latten Return to Media Epic Flight Academy Collaborates with Daytona State College to Offer Degree Opportunity Oct. 5, 2019 NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – Epic Flight Academy and Daytona State College have announced a new collaboration that allows Epic students to transfer their flight training credits to Daytona State for college credits to be applied toward an Associate of Science in Industrial Management Technology degree. The articulation agreement between the schools is an effort to address a growing pilot shortage. “We are pleased to collaborate with Epic Flight Academy,” said DSC President Tom LoBasso. “We look forward to welcoming Epic students to the DSC […]

Aviation Safety

Aviation Safety In 2016, according to the FAA, 2,586,582 passengers flew daily aboard 9,708,765 scheduled passenger flights in the U.S. The FAA also reported 24,142,000 General Aviation flight hours in 2015. These statistics represent a lot of happy landings in an industry whose primary focus is safety. Flight training is no different. Safety remains the number one priority for flight schools, and Epic Flight Academy is proud to be at the forefront with its “Safety First” policies, procedures, equipment, and maintenance. Pilots who train at Epic learn on Day One that the emphasis of all flight training is SAFETY. What does Epic Flight Academy do to ensure safety? First of […]

How to Become a Commercial Pilot

Have you ever wondered how to become a commercial pilot? If you’re someone who has always wanted to fly but felt you couldn’t afford aviation as a hobby, maybe it’s time to think about a beginning a career as a pilot. In fact, it would help to first understand exactly what defines a commercial pilot. Simply put, a commercial pilot is someone who has been approved by the FAA to charge for pilot services. While most people immediately think of commercial airline pilots flying passengers, the most common example of a commercial pilot, there are other possible careers in this field, even some that are unusual. For instance, cargo pilots, […]

Tuition Reimbursement to Address Pilot Shortage

Addressing Pilot Shortage Through Innovative Collaborations: Education and Career without Student Loan Debt While airline professionals and legislators continue the debate on how to resolve the growing pilot shortage, Epic Flight Academy and Ameriflight have proactively established commercial pilot career pathways. The Professional Pilot Pathway Program, launched by Epic in 2015, now includes $60,000 tuition-reimbursement through its partnership with Ameriflight. This means student pilots entering the program with no previous aviation experience have the opportunity to qualify to work as a captain of a turbine aircraft in just 2.5 years. At the end of 5.5 years, these pilots could have the qualifications to be hired by a major airline – […]