Go-Arounds

Go-Arounds? That is the question! By Captain Judy Rice, Ground School Instructor   To Go-Around or not to Go-Around, that is the question. However, there are some questions pilots should ask themselves before making this decision much sooner than the final approach. Safe pilots should ask themselves, “Is the landing checklist complete?” and “Is the approach stabilized?”   A good, safe landing begins before entering the airport environment with continued evaluation throughout the entire phase of landing.   One go-around I recall, after having completed the appropriate landing checklists and while on a stabilized approach, was when a sudden gust of wind lifted my airplane into the air over the […]

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 […]

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?

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, 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. […]

International Flight Students Earn College Degrees

International Flight Students Can Earn College Degrees When we recently announced our collaboration with Daytona State College (DSC) through which flight training hours transfer as college credit, we began receiving inquiries from international students about 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 also 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 anyway as it can help boost opportunities and salary. There could be many personal reasons for this, but one of the […]

Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge, Mutual Respect

What do Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge, and Mutual Respect Have in Common with a Major Airline, a World Flight, and Epic Flight Academy? “Citation N178SF, do you need assistance?” (stated in a heavy Russian accent) The Sakhalinsk air traffic controller gave us a straight-out departure on Runway 19. I was once again left seat and my first officer, Edwin, busy with communications. I had almost thawed from the biting Russian cold as the Citation climbed effortlessly at three thousand feet per minute. We were climbing through solid gray clouds when suddenly the advanced avionics technology displayed on our glass cockpit went blank! Both displays were totally dark, which left us […]

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 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 […]

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 […]