Airspace Part 2

LECU Fly & Fun Captain Judy

Above: LECU: Fly & Fun Flight School – Julio de Zavala and students greet Captain Judy Rice Uncontrolled Airspace Captain Judy’s Corner: The Airspace ABCs – Part 2 ATC approved our Instrument Flight Plan (IFR) as filed for the Citation jet. We were departing Le Bourget, France (LFPB). Our destination was Madrid-Cuatro Vientos airport (LECU). Once we crossed the Federal Information Region (FIR) boundary, ATC cleared us from FL320 (32000’ MSL) to 7000’ MSL. Next, they smoothly handed us over from the French airspace control to Spanish control.  Our descent took us over the Pyrenees mountains and two major rivers, the Ebro and Tagus. We saw Madrid from a distance, perched on a plateau of sand and clay. The breathtaking panorama revealed … Read more Airspace Part 2

Love at First Flight

Grumman AA1A maneuvers

Above: Maneuverability and handling characteristics vary from aircraft to aircraft. Pictured here is Captain Judy Rice in her AA1A. Captain Judy’s Corner: Love at First Flight – Handling Characteristics Make Every Aircraft Unique I initially trained in a docile Cessna 150 (C150) and a spunky Piper Tomahawk. I appreciated the C150’s stability and enjoyed the Tomahawk’s maneuverable handling characteristics. Shortly after completing my private pilot check ride, I noticed a cute little airplane practicing take-offs and landings. Looking to increase my experience, this looked to be a fun airplane to fly. I inquired at the airport office regarding this mysterious airplane. Three pilots owned the Grumman AA1A. One of the owners offered a flight and mentioned it was for sale. The AA1A’s light … Read more Love at First Flight

Once Upon a Time: Filing a Flight Plan

Captain Judy Rice

Captain Judy Rice found the ICAO International Flight Plan form beneficial during her world flight. Captain Judy’s Corner: Once Upon a Time… Filing a Flight Plan This fairy tale began long before the FAA announcement for change to the form used by United States pilots when filing a flight plan. The purpose of a flight plan might be compared to going on a long drive to visit a relative. You let your relative know the overall anticipated travel arrangements, and you include approximate time of arrival. An overdue arrival would likely cause concern, and your relative will likely call you to make sure you’re alright. A flight plan is much like having your relative on the other end of your … Read more Once Upon a Time: Filing a Flight Plan

What is IACRA?

What is IACRA

IACRA – Everything You Need to Know What is IACRA, and why is it important to pilots? IACRA stands for: Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in in charge of pilot license applications and oversees the process. This is to make sure pilots meet all requirements. It is a web-based system where pilots can apply, monitor, and obtain their certifications and ratings. Pilot training is more than flying. Pilots also have to learn the rules, regulations, and procedures that govern flight and pilot credentials. How does IACRA work? IACRA FAA offers a progression of pilot certificates or licenses. They begin with the student pilot and including subsequent licenses and ratings. For example, they include private … Read more What is IACRA?

International Flight Students Earn College Degrees

International Flight Student College Transfer

International Flight Students Can Earn College Degrees Our collaboration with Daytona State College (DSC) allows your flight training hours to transfer as college credit. International students want to know whether this program is available to them. The answer is “yes,” which brings us to the “how” and “why” of it. Why would international flight students want to earn a college degree in the U.S.? Although a college degree is not required by many airlines, some flight students choose to earn a college degree because it can help boost opportunities and salary. There are many personal reasons for choosing to earn a degree. One reason foreign flight students choose to earn a college degree is the requirement of a Class 1 medical … Read more International Flight Students Earn College Degrees

Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge, Mutual Respect

Shared Goals and Knowledge

Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge, and Mutual Respect Captain Judy’s Corner What do shared goals, shared knowledge, and mutual respect have to do with a major airline, a world flight, and Epic Flight Academy? “Citation N178SF, do you need assistance?” The Sakhalinsk air traffic controller gave us a straight-out departure on Runway 19. I was flying left seat, and my first officer, Edwin, was busy with communications. I had almost thawed from the biting Russian cold. The Citation climbed effortlessly at 3,000 feet per minute. As we climbed through solid gray clouds, the advanced avionics technology displayed on our glass cockpit went blank! Both displays were totally dark, leaving us with no instruments or navigation aids. We were in the ‘soup,’ … Read more Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge, Mutual Respect

Daytona State College Collaboration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact for more information 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 community and are excited about helping them create opportunities to … Read more Daytona State College Collaboration

Women in Aviation

Women in Aviation When people hear the phrase “women in aviation,” they inevitably think of Amelia Earhart, the famed aviatrix who was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. However, Earhart is most remembered for disappearing on a 1937 flight across the Pacific Ocean when she was just 39 years old. Earhart’s disappearance has been a staple of mystery fans with dozens of theories about her fate. In March 2017, new research suggested a plausible conclusion to the mystery, although it’s the kind of story people will likely debate for years. Regardless of her fate, her legend endures. She has served as an inspiration for female pilots for the better part of a century, such as Elissa … Read more Women in Aviation

Aviation Safety

Aviation Safety In 2019, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that 925.5 million passengers flew on U.S. flights. Globally, 4.5 billion passengers took to the skies in 2019. In terms of aircraft, the FAA handled more than 16 million flights in 2019, more than 44,000 each day. 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 … Read more Aviation Safety

How to Become a Pilot

How to Become a Pilot

How to Become a Pilot: Step by Step Guide If you’ve always wondered how to become a pilot, this guide is for you. Perhaps you’ve thought about this as a hobby, but becoming a commercial pilot is actually a great career choice. In fact, it might 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. So, what you might think of as a hobby has the potential to become a career. 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 … Read more How to Become a Pilot