Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 9 | September 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy!

Volume 2, Issue 9                                                                    September 2019

Epic Alumnus Makes Historic Flight

We received a fascinating update from former Epic student Ben Smith. Unlike most of our students, flying is a hobby for Ben, not a career. For fun he flies “Placid Lassie,” the C-47 that was based here at EVB last year. This past summer, Ben led 15 C-47s/DC-3s across the Atlantic as the D-Day Squadron flying this route: KOXC-> Goose Bay, Labrador -> Narsarsuaq, Greenland -> Reykjavik, Iceland -> Preswick, Scotland.  Along with 8 other European DC-3s, they flew an airshow at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England, flew a cross Channel formation to drop paratroopers on a historic Normandy drop zone on June 5, flew a formation past Omaha Beach for Presidents Trump and Macron on June 6, and flew additional jump operations on June 5, 8, and 9.  From June 10 to 18, they flew operations in Germany honoring the Berlin Airlift at U.S. and German airbases and Berlin.  After this historic flying, Ben made it back to the U.S. in time for the Oshkosh fly-in! Ben earned his Instrument Rating and Commercial Multi-Engine at Epic. Thank you for sharing with us, Ben! What an exciting adventure!


-Epic recently celebrated its 100% pass rate for the FAA Knowledge Exam

-Our DC-7 has been featured on Atlas Obscura

-Check out our newest YouTube videos on Airline Pilot Salary and How To Become a Commercial Pilot

We had a great time at our Pilots Around the World Bash! Click here to see photos from the event!
We invite you to join our Epic Flight Academy online PILOT FORUM to discuss pilot topics, ask questions, and get to know each other. The forum is a great place to start your pilot career!


We will host Epic’s 4th Annual Aviation Scholarship Bash on Saturday, October 26th to award two scholarships to U.S. high school students. This event is supported by our generous sponsors and our annual fishing tournament.

Epic Employee News

Welcome to the following new employees who joined us in August: Bill Stout and Mike Arman will teach Ground School for CFI; Colter SharpMichael Farris, Jimmy Yopp, and Lucas Andresen (above) join us as flight instructors; Victoria Perez and Meagan Carpintero work in dispatch; and Rishi Patel works in the library. Welcome!

Captain Judy’s Corner:

Once upon a time… the evolution of filing a flight plan

“This fairy tale began long before the FAA announcement for change to the form used by U.S. pilots when filing a flight plan…” 
Read the latest article by Captain Judy Rice, Epic Flight Academy Ground School Instructor. She discusses the history of flight planning and recent FAA changes.


Congratulations to all of our spectacular Epic Flight Academy students who passed checkrides on their first attempt in August!

Private Pilot

Jumi Gim
Camilo Andres Turriago Medina
Nur Husnina Binti Zaini
Crystal Lau
Sammy Mohamad Gomaa
Annina Susanna Kalasniemi
Han-Wei Hung
Alexandra Nicole Olsen
Hun Chang Park
Rajesh Kumar Satar Abdul
Olushola Alabi
Francisco Javier Rodriguez Guzman

Instrument Rating

Ryan James Krenek
Jared Benjamin Boggs
Kaan Kabaklioglu
Austin Curtis Warensford
Kaitlyn Rose Hickey
Charlie Yu
Vitor Matheus Carreiro Assuncao
Jonathan Suttor Bettio
Robert Montgomery Basham

Commercial Single-Engine

Kyojun Kim
Mitchell Alexander Bunt
Kassnga John Aaron
Qadir Mustafa Mohan

Commercial Multi-Engine

Gonzalo Manuel Moreno Arbildo
Vachara Lalitgomol
Jorge Ivan Gomez Gomez
Julian David Diaz Diaz
Juan Carlos Acosta Villamil
Julian Andres Olmos Salamanca

Certified Flight Instructor

Dillon Matthew Dudley
Bryan Mauricio Monsalve Valladares
Kyung Su Kim
Taylor Jo Rutkowski

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Alec Kent Mason
Aliyu Zayyid Ahmed Dasuki
Dillon Matthew Dudley

Commercial Multi-Engine

Bianka Ashley Peterson
Christopher Louis Mautino
Mitchell Alexander Bunt
Arun Veerasamy
Johnny Avendano


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