Flexibility is the Key to Safety and Happiness

Flexibility is the Key to Safety… and Happiness     By Captain Judy Rice The Citation was at FL370 (37000’) while a thunderstorm was seen building in the distance. It was amazing to watch and feel this energy from a far distance. The cumulonimbus clouds were building higher than the jet’s altitude. The lightning brightened the darkening sky.   Are thunderstorms really all that dangerous? Thunderstorms are part of summer weather in Florida, as most pilots here know. Thunderstorms are one of nature’s most powerful forces and a weather hazard that are dangerous for all pilots. Flying too close to these powerful beasts can end in disaster. Pilots should understand […]

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 […]

The Importance of Visas

The Importance of Visas The voice on the other end stated in a heavy accent, “I did what I could, and it’s out of my control… I’d been asleep about two hours before being awakened by the call. We had a long day and an early departure in the morning for Saudi Arabia. The voice on the other end stated in a heavy accent, “I did what he could, and it’s out of my control.” He further reported that our landing permit was denied due to a Visa issue. This was the third time the Saudi Arabia Visa office denied our entry. I was in the United States for the […]

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 […]

Colombian Flight Students

Colombian Students at Epic Flight Academy We are proud of the 5,300+ international students from 88 countries who have trained at Epic and wanted to spotlight three of our best flight students from our Colombian Pilot Program. These young men did not know each other in Colombia, but each one traveled here to live while studying at Epic to become a commercial pilot. No matter what country our students come from, they will meet other students from their home country who are also training to become commercial pilots. One of the nicest things we see is how students collaborate and help each other no matter what country they come from. […]

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 […]

Tuition Reimbursement to Address Pilot Shortage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact for more information Return to Media Addressing Pilot Shortage Through Innovative Collaborations: Education and Career without Student Loan Debt Dec. 31, 2017 New Smyrna Beach, FL – 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 […]

The 5 Most Unusual Pilot Jobs

The 5 Most Unusual Pilot Jobs

The 5 Most Unusual Pilot Jobs When you think about a career as a pilot, you probably picture a more traditional role, such as a commercial airline pilot or a certified flight instructor. The most exotic pilot job that people think of tends to be someone flying banners along the beach advertising the all-you-can-eat special at the local seafood joint. While all of these are certainly good jobs with good salaries, especially with the current shortage of commercial airline pilots, you may end up pursuing a different career path in aviation than you first envisioned. The following is not an exhaustive list of options for a career in flying, but […]