Epic-Ameriflight Pathway Program


Epic and Ameriflight no longer offer this program.

Providing the fastest and highest paid professional pilot pathway in the aviation industry

  • From Zero Experience to Turbine PIC in 2.5 years
  • Meet Major Airline Qualifications in 5.5 years
  • Qualify for Omni Air, Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant Air
  • UPS-Ameriflight Pilot Gateway Program

With the demand for airline pilots at an all-time high and pilot salaries soaring, aspiring aviators are seeking the most cost and time-effective ways to fulfill their flight training and airline pilot career dreams. Tuition at university aviation programs can easily exceed $150,000 and require student pilots to invest up to 6 years to meet necessary 1500 flight hours to become an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). Epic Flight Academy, a flight school in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, has introduced an alternative. The Epic-Ameriflight Pathway is designed for serious applicants pursuing flying as a professional career. This student-focused program allows applicants, if successful, to follow a rigorous, structured, step-by-step career pathway that fosters success.

Course Overview:
Epic-Ameriflight Pathway cadets will receive 10 months of foundational pilot training as a student at Epic Flight Academy. They will earn their Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot, and Flight Instructor Pilot ratings. Progressing to the advanced pilot training, cadets will then earn their Flight Instructor – Instrument Pilot and Multi-Engine Instructor Pilot ratings all while accumulating 1200 hours of flight experience at Epic over the course of 15 months.

Cadets will then graduate to Ameriflight where they will fly as a Captain for 3 years, accumulating a minimum of 2160 hours of Pilot In Command turbine time. Cadets will advance within Ameriflight to type rating aircraft to have the experience and qualifications to be hired by a major airline. The program is designed for cadets to flow through to a partner airline: Omni Air, Allegiant Air, or Frontier Airlines. Or, they may be selected for the UPS Gateway Program.

Stage I: Aviation Skills Development, Private Pilot, & Intermittent Training
Stage II: Advanced Training & Ameriflight Introductory Course
Stage III: Ameriflight Beech 99 Captain & Type Rated
Stage IV: Continue with Amerilight or Advance to Major Airline

Eligibility Requirements:
Minimum 18 Years Old
Legally Eligible to Work in the U.S.
Minimum High School Diploma or GED
Ability to Obtain FAA Medical Certificate
Proficiently Read, Write, & Speak English

Application Period and Class Start Dates: Classes begin once a month and are limited to 5 cadets each. Due to the duration of the review and screening process, applicants must submit their application a minimum of one month prior to a class start date in order to be eligible for following class start.

Enrollment Process:

STAGE I: Aviation Skills Development, Private Pilot, & Intermittent Training
Stage I is comprised of three parts: 1) Private Pilot Certificate, including an Aviation Skills Development (ASD) course; 2) Instrument Pilot Certificate; and 3) Single-Engine Commercial Pilot Certificate. During Part 1, cadets will learn fundamentals of aerodynamics, weather, and aviation regulations, and, upon successful completion, will be certified by the FAA to fly a single-engine aircraft in visual flight conditions. In Part 2, cadets will learn how to fly a single-engine aircraft solely by using instrumentation, and, upon successful completion, will be certified by the FAA to fly single-engine aircraft in instrument flight conditions. In Part 3, cadets learn how to fly a complex single-engine aircraft, and, upon successful completion, cadets will be certified by the FAA to fly a single-engine aircraft for commercial purposes.

Duration: Approximately 8 months & 120 flight hours

STAGE II: Advanced Training & Ameriflight Introductory Course
Stage II is comprised of three parts: 1) Flight Instructor; 2) Flight Instructor Instrument; and 3) Multi-Engine Instructor and the Ameriflight Introductory Course. Upon successful completion of Part 1, cadets will be certified by the FAA to provide flight instruction to students pursuing certification in single-engine aircraft under visual flight conditions. In Part 2, cadets will begin working as paid flight instructors for Epic Flight Academy. They will build flight experience and train to become certified for flight instruction in both instrument flight conditions and in multi-engine aircraft. Once cadets have reached a total of 700 hours of flight time, they are able to begin Part 3. During Part 3, cadets will take the Ameriflight Introductory Course and begin turbine aircraft training with an Ameriflight Captain, visiting Ameriflight operations and flying co-pilot on scheduled flights. Once cadets have passed the Amerflight Introductory Course, completed the mentor training program, and reached a total of 1200 hours of flight time, including 300 hours of multi-engine time, they are eligible to be hired as an Ameriflight Captain.

Duration: Approximately 18 months & 1080 flight hours

STAGE III: Ameriflight New Hire, Beech 99 Captain, & Type Rated Captain
Stage III is comprised of three parts: 1) Ameriflight new hire training and Initial Operating Experience (IOE); 2) Captain on Beech 99; and 3) Type Rating & ATP-CTP. During Part 1, cadets relocate to Dallas/Fort Worth for 2 months for company indoctrination and Beech 99 systems and performance training. Upon successful completion of Part 1, cadets will demonstrate their knowledge and pass the FAA 135 checkride. Before flying as Captain, each cadet will fly with a check pilot for two months of Initial Operating Experience (IOE). Once IOE has been completed, cadets will being working as Captain, obtaining 720 flight hours of multi-engine turbine time. During Part 1, cadets will have the opportunity to apply to the UPS/Ameriflight Gateway Program, requiring cadets to work toward additional professional goals and undergo mentoring. During Part 2, Cadets upgrade to a type-rated aircraft, either the Beech 1900 or Fairchild Metroliner. Upon successful completion they will become FAA ATP pilots. Part 3 is the culmination of the pathway, allowing the qualified cadets to either continue their career as Captain for Ameriflight, move on to major airlines, or advance within the UPS Gateway Program.

Duration: Approximately 36 months including 2160 turbine captain hours

Ameriflight Career

Tuition Summary
Private Pilot
Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 hours
Aviation Skills Development & Private Pilot Ground School – 60 Hours
Flight Simulator – Tru Flite Cessna 172 Dual w/ Instructor – 7 Hours
Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 Dual w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 6 Hours
Tuition: $14,367.50

Instrument Pilot
Instrument Pilot Ground School – 40 Hours
Simulator – G1000 Cessna 172 Dual w/ Instructor – 14 Hours
Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 Dual w Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 5 Hours
Tuition: $9,915.00

Commercial Single-Engine Pilot
Commercial Pilot Ground School – 35 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 Dual w/ Partner – 8 Hours
Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 Dual w/ Instructor – 32 Hours
Solo Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 3 Hours
Tuition: $10,896.54

Flight Instructor
CFI Ground School – 60 Hours
Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 Dual w/ Instructor – 16 Hours
One-on-One Ground – 15 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 4 Hours
Tuition: $5,745.00

Flight Instructor – Instrument
Simulator – Tru Flite Cessna 172 Dual w/ Instructor – 10 Hours
Flight – G1000 Cessna 172 Dual w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground – 15 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 4 Hours
Tuition: $4,065.00

Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Add-on
Simulator – Piper PA-44 Dual w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 Dual w/ Instructor – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground – 14 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 4 Hours
Tuition: $3,755.00

Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
Simulator – Piper PA-44 Dual w/ Instructor – 6 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 Dual w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground – 15 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Tuition: $4,290.00

Total Tuition $53,034.04

Non-Tuition Costs:
FAA Written Test: $150

FAA Flight Test: $600
Housing (Based on availability): $650 per month/shared room

Ameriflight and UPS Airlines Gateway Program

Ameriflight and UPS Airlines provides the opportunity for current and future Ameriflight pilots to pursue a path to potential employment by UPS Airlines. Program participants will need to drive their career and achieve the required personal and professional development benchmarks, as well as complete the UPS mentoring program.
Each participant will be tasked with following clear, concise guidelines to gain the experience needed by UPS Airlines. Future Ameriflight pilots selected for the program will have the opportunity to complete the program in 36 months; this includes a final 12 months in the UPS mentoring stage. Current Ameriflight Pilots who have the necessary experience and already meet the requirements may be selected to enter the final 12 month mentoring portion of the program. Successful completion of the 12 month UPS mentoring program will result in an interview with UPS Airlines subject to its hiring needs and requirements.

“To be able to present Ameriflight Pilots with a path to potential employment by UPS Airlines is the culmination of a tremendous team effort.” says Ameriflight Chief Operating Officer Bill Poerstel. “Pilots selected for this program will be individuals who are motivated to advance their careers, professionally and personally and desire to fly for one of the premier airlines in the world.”

Visit Epic Flight Academy Campus in New Smyrna Beach, Florida
We invite you to visit our campus and get a firsthand look at our top-notch facilities and resources here at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport. We also encourage prospective students to schedule a Discovery Flight Introductory Lesson here at Epic Flight Academy to get a feel for flight training with one of our Certified Flight Instructors.

Relocation & Transportation Assistance
We understand that selecting and applying to a flight school, and arranging travel and housing, if necessary, can be very stressful, but our pilot training facility assists students in arranging each detail so that the transition is simple and easy. Visit our Student Life page for more information on our student amenities, transportation, events, and activities.

Ameriflight Employee

Epic-Ameriflight Pathway Program Questions & Answers:

Q: Why choose Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach, Florida?
Epic Flight Academy is strategically located at KEVB Airport because the ideal weather conditions and topography allow for year-round flying. In fact, more than 40% of the world’s pilots did their training in Florida. With students traveling from 80+ countries around the globe, Epic has been providing flight training for 20+ years and has demonstrated the ability to safely, quickly, and cost-effectively train highly-skilled professional pilots.

Q: Why Ameriflight?
The rapid and continued growth of e-commerce and on-time cargo needs ensure the demand for pilots. Ameriflight is the nation’s largest Part 135 Cargo airline. Unlike regional airlines, where pilots fly co-pilot for years, Ameriflight provides the opportunity to fly as a captain within three months of being hired. Pilots who fly for Ameriflight quickly build a solid foundation to be hired by major airlines.

Q: After training, what if I don’t want to work for Epic or Ameriflight?
Since the FAA issues all of the pilot certificates and ratings, you are eligible to work anywhere; however, you will not receive tuition reimbursement if you choose to leave the Epic-Ameriflight Pathway.

Q: I already have flight training experience. Can I still apply to the program?
Yes. FAA certificates and hours will count towards training; however, all applicants still have to successfully pass background screening and interviews prior to be accepted into the program.

Q: Am I guaranteed to be hired at Epic and Ameriflight?
Although we currently have a 100% hiring rate of pilots who complete the program, jobs are never absolutely guaranteed. Even after being hired, you must maintain your employment by fulfilling all requirements. Cadets must successfully complete all courses, fulfill leadership development requirements, and pass FAA checkrides to be considered for employment.

Q: Can I fail out of the Epic-Ameriflight Pathway Program program?
Unfortunately, yes, if you fail to meet all requirements. In order to remain in the program, you must continue to meet eligibility requirements, have a valid passport, hold a current FAA First Class Medical Certificate, and meet FAA requirements. Tuition for the Epic-Ameriflight Program is paid in installments. If you are not successful in completing training, you are not required to make any further payments. Any certificates or ratings you’ve earned along the way are yours to keep. However, you will not receive reimbursement for payments made up until the time you exit the program.

Q: What if I require additional training?
The training timeline and costs provided here are based on averages, plus 5%, including books and passing FAA check-rides on the first attempt. Any additional training required above and beyond that is the student’s financial responsibility.

Q: What are the location options (bases) for Ameriflight?
Ameriflight headquarters is located in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. Operating bases are located:

  • Albuquerque International Airport (New Mexico)
  • Boeing Field/King County in Seattle (Washington)
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (New York)
  • Capital Region International Airport in Lansing (Michigan)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron (Kentucky)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (Texas)
  • Eppley Airfield in Omaha (Nebraska)
  • Hollywood/Burbank Airport (California)
  • Logan-Cache Airport (Utah) – with UPS
  • Louisville International Airport (Kentucky)
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina (Puerto Rico)
  • Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (Massachusetts)
  • Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (Florida)
  • Ontario International Airport (California)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Arizona)
  • Portland International Airport (Oregon)
  • Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla (Puerto Rico)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (Utah)
  • San Antonio International Airport (Texas)
  • Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (California)
  • Spirit of St. Louis Airport (Missouri)