Epic Buzz Vol. 4 Issue 5 | May 2021

Safety Award Winner Announced

Manuel Diaz Wins Safety Award

Congratulations to our Colonel Anthony Perna Safety Award winner, Manuel Diaz. In remembrance of Colonel Anthony Perna, this award recognizes an individual whose dedication to safety is truly exceptional. Colonel Perna’s 30 years of faithful dedication to military aviation stands as a testament to the difference one person can make. Manuel prioritizes safety in the air and on the ground. Before he meets with a new student, he does his research so he knows who he is flying with. His decisions in the airplane always side with caution, and he reports safety deficiencies, when necessary, that contribute to our safety culture here at Epic. Thank you for your efforts, Manuel!

The Colonel Anthony Perna Safety Award will now be given on a quarterly basis, and all departments are eligible. If you know someone who should be recognized, please reach out to a Safety Officer with nominations.

Colonel Anthony Perna and Wife Betty
Colonel Anthony Perna with his wife Betty

May Specials

May 2021 Training Specials

– Airline Direct Program – IR and CPL students are now eligible. (Note: Typically, only PPL students are eligible for this program.)

College Students – All flight students with a valid college ID receive 10% off in May.

– International Students – Enroll now to receive FREE ground school instruction.

– Transfer Students – Transfer students receive $2,500 discount when enrolling this month.

Veterans – We will waive your application fee for mechanic or flight training.

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

Epic Alumni Update

Alexandra Orr and Derek Boreman fly for Republic Airways

Epic graduates Captain Derek Boreman (R) and First Officer Alexandra Orr (L) are flying for Republic Airways. What are the odds that both the PIC and SIC in the cockpit are both Epic grads? Pretty good, these days, since Epic has trained thousands of highly-skilled airline pilots. Congratulations, Derek and Alex!

Did you train at Epic? Send us your career updates!

Do you have what it takes to become an Aircraft Mechanic?

What it takes to become aircraft mechanic

Our Aircraft Mechanic Program opens doors to exciting new careers. In just 14 to 18 months, you can become an Aviation Maintenance Technician. There are thousands of jobs in the space industry, airlines, and even as technicians at theme parks.

Epic Mechanics Visit United Airlines

In April, Epic’s A&P Mechanic students toured the United Airlines technical operations facility in Orlando. They enjoyed getting to see the skills they are learning in class applied in the real world. You can become an A&P mechanic at Epic Flight Academy. 

Time Machine: 22 Years Ago

Epic First Plane Cessna 152

Who knew back in 1999 when Danny Perna launched Epic with this Cessna 152 that the Epic fleet would grow into the size it is today? This was the original plane, and Danny was both the CEO and flight instructor. One plane. One employee. Since then, Epic Flight Academy has grown into an industry leader, training both pilots and aircraft mechanics.

Epic Staff News

Tia Fariha Library Asst

Last month Epic welcomed Akhtia (“Tia”) Fariha, our newest Library Assistant. Tia is thrilled to work with so many different students from all over the world who share her passion for aviation, and we are happy she has joined the Epic family!

Online Training Demo

May 2021 Free Online Training Demo

You’re invited!
Have you always wanted to attend one of Epic’s Ground School classes? Our highly qualified flight instructors are offering a free online training demo on Wednesday, May 12th. Register and join us!

Student & Staff Appreciation Day: Making Memories

Student & Staff Appreciation Day in April 2021

We had a great time at Epic’s Student and Staff Appreciation Day last month! Good food from Molo’s Miami Grill food truck and good fun shooting a few baskets in the Florida sunshine!

Special Shoutout!

Scholarship winner Trace Martinson

A special congratulations to Epic flight student Trace Martinson. Trace was an Epic scholarship winner in 2019. Last month, he earned his Private Pilot License and even passed his checkride on his first attempt. Congratulations, Trace! We will you continued success in your aviation endeavors!

In the News!

Epic April 2021 News

Epic Flight Academy was in the news again last month. Check out the latest articles about Epic in General Aviation News, Global Air, and Aviation Pros


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

Private Pilot   

Luke Weston Bazel
David William Hansen
Trace Alexander Martinson
Marcus Allen Niedner
Mason Alexander Smallwood 
Soumedh Dharmedra Trivedy

Instrument Rating   

Jonathan Del Valle Rivera
Kyle James DeTamble
Maya Glassner
Connor David Browne
Harrison Merica Lutz
Charles Ryan Elliott
Denzel Manyara Atwell Mukusha
Carlos Manuel Moscoso II

Commercial Single-Engine

Alvin Barrameda Soriano Jr
Jaclyn Nicole Lazzaro
Robinson Steven Avila Espanol
Joseph Jaden Clement
David Matthew Marino
Reny Alonso Kihien Boluarte
Sean Logan Hughes
Isamar Irizarry Delgado
Jerrett Clyde Bridge

Commercial Multi-Engine

Ching Yuen Ng
Juan Esteban Moreno Lopez
Animesh Mani Tripathi
Benjamin Shihyao Chen
Crystal Lau
Andrew Craig Baker
Riley Shane Rodewald
Jaclyn Nicole Lazzaro
David Joseph Noah

Certified Flight Instructor

Emily Lynn Wright
Ray Yariel Gonzalez Echevarria
Alejandro Rodriguez
Charles Harrison Pikor
Timothy Robert Slocum 
Michelle Rose Beard

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Wesley Alan Ryden

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