Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 12 | December 2022

Volume 5, Issue 12 | December 2022

Epic Awards $70,000 in Aviation Scholarships

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship winners and presenters (L-R): Landon Bosco, Epic Founder and CEO Danny Perna, Aaron Perez, New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen, and Austin White (Not pictured: Ethan Harpending and Roland Ireland)

Congratulations to our 2022 aviation scholarship winners! We received dozens of applications from 13 states. Aaron Perez and Ethan Harpending each won $20,000 for aircraft mechanic training; Austin White won $20,000 for flight training; and Landon Bosco and Roland Ireland each won $5,000 for flight training. A special thank you to Piedmont Airlines for funding a $5,000 scholarship this year! 

First Female Aircraft Mechanic Graduate

First female aircraft mechanic graduate

We are so proud to congratulate Holly Ledesma, our first female A&P mechanic who passed her FAA exams and has been hired by Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Georgia! DME Steve Alcorn (right) said, “She knocked it out of the park!” 

Way to go, Holly! You were an excellent student and worked hard for this achievement. 

New Flight Students

Flight students that arrived in November

Welcome to our new class of Epic pilots. They are from all around the world and are actively flight training. We will keep you updated on their progress as they earn their stripes!

Epic at Deltona High School

Deltona High School Career Fair

Jon Luck represented Epic at the Deltona High School Career Fair last month, answering questions about Epic’s flight training and aircraft mechanic program. We love attending career fairs and hosting field trips. We’d love to work with your school!

United Airlines Career Seminar

United Airlines Aircraft Mechanic Career Seminar

Thank you to these wonderful United Airlines representatives who visited Epic’s Aircraft Mechanic Program last month. Our students learned about hiring opportunities at United as they get ready to graduate and start their careers.

Epic in the News

Did you know that Epic was named the #1 best flight school for international students? Catch up on all the latest news!

December Special for International Flight Students

International flight students receive a special discount when they enroll with a friend. In December, we are offering our most popular special: “Bring a Friend to Flight School!” Both students will receive a $5,000 credit and free Private Pilot Ground School. International students who enroll with a friend, with both paying their application fees between December 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022, are eligible for this special. You must enroll and begin training no later than March 1, 2023.

Epic Alumni News

First Officer Elizabeth Heim

Congratulations to Epic graduate Elizabeth Heim from Brazil who is now a First Officer flying the Pilatus PC12 for Azul Brazilian Airlines! Beth was an incredible flight student, and we’re so proud of her accomplishments!

Are you an Epic graduate? If so, send us an update.


Thanksgiving dinner for Epic's international students

Thank you to Epic staff who volunteered to serve a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner to our international students living in Epic student housing.

Aircraft Mechanic Exams

Congratulations to these aircraft mechanic students who passed FAA exams last month!


Scott Cable 
Samuel Olson 
Ashley Nagle 


Holly Ledesma 

Pilot Check Rides

These flight students passed check rides on their first attempt in November!

Private Pilot   

Cody Edward Raulerson
Andrew Abdelmalak
Lamar Treshawn Finley
Dararaksmey Chou
Andre Stephan Hevesy
Nathaniel Paul Jackson
Jacob Charles Niewinski
Kevin Maximilian Schilli
Lucas Christian Greenwood
Jordan Kolby Butler
Arjuna Adhiradewa Andika
Jesca Marison Mwakyoma

Instrument Rating   

Kyle Austin Sears
Logan Orestes Perry
Jack Carl Bruzell-Friesz
Ian Matthew Puustinen
Michael Joseph Davenport
Ryan William Bailey
Austin Michael Steinberg
Andrew West Knoll 

Commercial Single-Engine

Valerie Patrice Claudio Melendez
Joseph Charles Jenkins Jr
Cody Michael Young
Arielle Aparecida Marilac Carneiro

Commercial Multi-Engine

Prashyek Shrestha
Amerani Ahmed Amerani
Loic Stratis Chenge Tatalias
Saul Ramos Jr
Evan Joseph Ventura
Hunter Troy Neale
Timothy David Howard

Certified Flight Instructor

Coley Eugene Whitley
Yitzhak Alexander Cairo
Cansu Cildir
Hayden Thomas Fox
Jose Brian Perez

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Andrew Craig Baker
Murad Emron Ahmed
Maxim Tiokhin
Hayden Thomas Fox


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