Epic Buzz Vol. 4 Issue 4 | April 2021

April specials, our new Airline Direct Program, staff news, checkride passes, and more!

Volume 4, Issue 4 | April 2021

New Airline Direct Program

New Airline Direct Program

Are you looking for a flight training program that takes you directly to a career with the airlines? Look no further! Epic has partnered with Southern Airways Express and Mokulele Airlines to take you from zero experience to an airline career in 10 months. We accept 6 cadets into our Airline Direct Program every month. We invite you to apply to this exciting program.

April Specials

April 2021 Specials

  • Airline Direct Program – IR and CPL students are eligible for the Airline Direct Program. (Note: Typically, only PPL students are eligible for this program. Because we have just launched it, we will accept IR and CPL cadets who start in May.)
  • College Students – All flight students with a valid college ID receive 10% off in April.
  • International Students – Enroll now and you will receive FREE ground school instruction.
  • Transfer Students – Transfer students receive $2,500 discount when enrolling this month.

Read full details of our monthly specials, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Epic in the News

Epic in the News March 2021

Congratulations to Epic COO Josh Rawlins who was recognized by the Daytona Beach News-Journal for his achievements as a “40 Under Forty” honoree! You can view the program here and see Josh with his award at the 18:20 mark. The News-Journal also shared that Tyren Wilson was recently promoted to the position of business operations manager at Epic. Well done, Josh and Tyren!

In other news, Aviation Pros, Hometown News Volusia, and the Hallsdale Group shared the exciting announcement regarding Epic’s new Airline Direct Program. Aviation Pros and AOPA also featured stories about Epic’s expanding fleet. You can also check out the video from Women in Aviation International to see the Manuela Cortes won the WAI 2021 Epic aircraft mechanic scholarship. We love seeing Epic Flight Academy featured in the press! 

Aircraft Mechanic Training

Aircraft Mechanic Training

Our Aircraft Mechanic Program opens the door to hundreds of different careers. In just 14 to 18 months, you can start your new career as an aviation maintenance technician. You can be hired to work in the space industry, within the airlines, or even as a ride technician at the theme parks. There are thousands of job openings in this field. Epic offers fast, affordable training to help you level up in your career. 

Epic Staff News

Epic New Hires March 2021

Welcome to Team Epic! In March, we welcomed six new staff members: Gavin Morales, flight instructor; Shanetrice Leonard, dispatcher; Sarah Rodriguez, student arrival visa coordinator; Jennifer Van Ingen, dispatcher; Bobby Levy, flight instructor; and Parker Garrett, line crew. We are thrilled to welcome these talented professionals to the Epic family.

Online Training Demos

April 2021 Learning Demos

Here is your opportunity to “sit in” on a Ground School class. Our highly qualified flight instructors are offering two free online training demos: April 7 and April 21. Register and join us!

Mark Your Calendar

April 2021 Student Day

We love our students! Join us on Friday, April 9th from 12 noon to 2pm for Student Appreciation Day. We will present student awards and enjoy delcious fare from Molo’s Miami Grill food truck! 

Captain Judy’s Corner

Captain Judy April 2021

What is yaw? Read Captain Judy Rice’s latest feature article on the subject of yaw. You can also read more great articles in Captain Judy’s Corner.

Training Spotlight: Communications

ATC Communications

Aviate, navigate, communicate. These are the three main focuses for every pilot. Communicating with Air Traffic Control (ATC) can be a challenge for student pilots. There is so much aviation terminology and abbreviated speech. Sometimes the controller speaks too fast, and pilots need to ask for instructions to be repeated. This can be especially challenging while you’re trying to fly, which is why Epic students enjoy using our Radio Communications Lab for real-world practice. Lab instructor Tim Slocum explains, “Our radio communications lab teaches students how to communicate on the radio on the ground so they can focus on flying when in the plane.” Are you curious about what a live tower sounds like? You can listen to the New Smyrna Beach Airport’s live ATC! Listen closely… you will hear many Epic instructors and students on the airwaves!


Congratulations to these 43 Epic Flight Academy students who passed checkrides on their first attempt in March! We salute you!

Private Pilot   

Walter Fausto Olazabal
Sivan Seng
William Thomas Longino Jr

Instrument Rating   

Jack Sheryar Durrani
Tyler D’Leon
Drona Thapa
Thy Bui
Tyler Martin
Ernest Umerov

Commercial Single-Engine

Christian Dean Villaruel Cunanan
Timothy David Howard
Jonathan Alcantara
Sung Hoon Lee
Anthony Paul Pizzo Jr
Jordan Reid Weinstein

Commercial Multi-Engine

Joel Ndung U Wanjuu
Annamyrat Heziretgulyyev
Sonam Rigzey Choden
Mila Palden Penjore
Noor Sheikh
Kelly Chin Kung Chew
Andrew Michael Hansinger
Matthew Paul Gilmore

Certified Flight Instructor

Tyler James Obernier
Donovan Jr Everton Twiddle
Voyn Georgiev Dikov
Austin Taylor Bolz

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Anthony Bassem Demian
Austin Charles DiCola
Raymond Louis Altmann
Jillian Diane Kepich
Riley Shane Rodewald
Austin Joseph Salemi
William Thomas Rhodes
Robert Joseph Levy
Eshaan Anil Patil
Benjamin Shihyao Chen
Wade Kelly Fuller
Hector Ortiz Rodriguez
Angel Skyy Wells
Jihad Waseem Fathalla

Multi-Engine Flight Instructor

Matthew Egan Shropshire
Hunter Ian McCarthy


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