Love at First Flight

Love at First Flight: Handling Characteristics Make Every Aircraft Unique Maneuverability and handling characteristics vary from aircraft to aircraft. Pictured here is Captain Judy Rice in her AA1A. My initial training was 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. I was looking to increase my experience, and this looked to be a fun airplane to fly. I inquired at the airport office regarding this mysterious airplane. The Grumman AA1A was owned by three pilots. One of the owners offered […]

The Need for Speed

The Need for Speed Captain Judy’s Corner Captain Judy Rice stands next to the Citation Mustang in which she broke a world speed record. As the Citation approached Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (BGSF), I queried the Air Traffic Controller about their readiness as officiators for my Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), National Aeronautic Association (NAA) World Record Attempt.  The controller responded with, “Affirmative.”  After landing, two airport officials assured the jet was fueled before giving a friendly wave-off as I taxied to the runway hold lines.  We were cleared direct to Reykjavik. In a heavy Danish accent, the final air traffic remarks were, “The Clock is ready for your record-breaker, N178SF!” Kangerlussuaq, Greenland […]

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes: What’s in a name? Did you know that “Huracan” was the god of big winds and evil spirits worshiped by the Maya people of Central America? While people have been naming major storms for hundreds of years, meteorologist first named hurricanes by the latitude and longitude coordinates where the storm was located. This system of tracking was confusing to people seeking hurricane information. In the early 1950s, the U.S. National Hurricane Center started the process by naming storms according to a phonetic alphabet, such as: Able, Baker, Charlie. The first hurricane of each season was always named “Able,” the second “Baker,” and so on. Repeating names each season became […]

Once Upon a Time: Filing a Flight Plan

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. The relative would know the overall anticipated travel arrangements of the visitor that included approximate time of arrival. An overdue arrival would likely cause concern and a call to the visitor from the awaiting relative. The relative only had the information provided by the visitor with no method for tracking progress. A flight plan is much […]

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 […]