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 […]

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

Epic Flight Academy Collaborates with Daytona State College to Offer Degree Opportunity 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 advance their careers.” Epic Flight CEO Danny Perna […]

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 – […]

VFR Pilot Rating vs IFR Pilot Rating

VFR-Rated Pilot Versus IFR-Rated Pilot   What do the terms “VFR” and “IFR” mean? The acronyms VFR and IFR stand for different types of FAA pilot certifications. VFR stands for “Visual Flight Rules.” This means that a VFR-rated pilot must follow specific guidelines when flying using visual references. A pilot holding a Private Pilot License (PPL) must fly in VFR conditions. IFR stands for “Instrument Flight Rules” and allows a pilot who is Instrument Rated (IR) to operate an aircraft by relying almost solely on instruments. Once a pilot holds a PPL, the next step is to be Instrument Rated (IR), allowing the pilot to fly IFR. Every aspect of flying […]

Flight School for Veterans

Epic Flight Academy – Flight School for Veterans Have you ever served in the military? If so, did you know that you could start training for an exciting career as a professional pilot by using your G.I. Bill to help pay for the majority of your flight school training? What’s the catch? It just so happens that almost anyone that has served in the military has G.I. Bill benefits to assist them in obtaining their commercial pilot license.   “We are Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) Benefits & Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill) Approved” Epic Flight Academy is an approved flight school for veterans that provides superior pilot training at our FAA-accredited flight training institution. […]

How to Choose the Best Pilot School

How to Choose the Best Flight School Have you been thinking about enrolling in flight school and becoming an airline pilot? Just as students go to college to pursue training for a dream career, student pilots have to go to pilot school so they can learn to fly a plane and earn their licenses and certifications required by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). Choosing the right flight school is an important decision that impacts your aviation career path. Many students enroll in a flight school only to find themselves transferring to another school later on. Although we believe Epic Flight Academy is the best choice, there may be good reasons […]