Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 2 | February 2022

Epic announces Aviate Program in partnership with United Airlines and a new program with FEAM Maintenance. 

Volume 5, Issue 2 | February 2022

Epic Partners with United Airlines to Offer Aviate Program

Epic United Press Conference

At a press conference on January 11, 2022, we announced our new partnership with United Airlines. United staff, Epic staff, and New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen were on hand to announce the launch of the Aviate Program at Epic Flight Academy.

We had an excellent turnout for the event, and Epic graduates are already applying to the program, which offers the most direct path to a United Airlines flight deck.

Attendees at United Airlines Press Conference
More than 100 students, staff, and members of the community turned out for the press conference announcing the Aviate Program.
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GoJet Career Seminar

GoJet Seminar
Mark your calendar! February 22nd at 3:30 pm!

Representatives from GoJet Airlines will be on site Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 pm to share hiring information. GoJet operates as a regional carrier for United Express out of St. Louis. They are offering $20,000 in signing bonuses and starting pay at $50 per hour. Bring your questions and join us for this informational career seminar.

FEAM Maintenance Partners with Epic’s Aircraft Mechanic Program

Aircraft Mechanic Class
Epic Aircraft Mechanic Students Learning About Electrical Aspects of Aircraft

FEAM Maintenance / Engineering and Epic have partnered to provide a direct pathway to employment and tuition assistance. FEAM has been in business for 30 years and employs more than 1,000 people at 31 locations. Students accepted into the Epic-FEAM Program will be provided $7,500 in financial assistance the first year and an additional $7,500 the second year and have the opportunity to work with FEAM for 3 years and longer if desired. Read the full details of the program to learn more.

If you think school should be more hands-on, you’ll love Epic’s Aircraft Mechanic Program! Hitting the books means grabbing your toolbox and getting to work as these current Epic students are doing in their basic electrical classes. 

Our next class begins on February 7th. Will you be there?

Epic in the News

The news of our new Aviate Program was covered by Aviation Pros, AFM Aero, Centre for Aviation, Hometown News Volusia, Yahoo! Finance, and many other news outlets.

Welcome to Epic’s Newest Staff Members

Jan 2022 New Hires
Welcome to Team Epic! These new staff members joined in January.

We welcomed six new faces to Epic in January! Welcome to flight instructors Thomas Bean, Jack Durrani, Christian Cunanan, and Peter Forde Sanchez. We also want to welcome Linda Bee, Social Media/Alumni Coordinator and Juana Martinez-Caamano, Recruiter. What great additions to the team!

Epic Alumni Spotlight

First Officer Zakaria Gamal
First Officer Zakaria Gamal

Epic has trained thousands of airline pilots who fly for various airlines around the world, and there’s nothing we love more than hearing their success stories. We recently heard from Zakaria Gamal who did his flight training at Epic. Zakaria is a First Officer flying the Boeing 737-800 NG for Egyptair. Zakaria said, “I am so blessed to have fulfilled my childhood dream. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way. Thanks to my flight school, Epic Flight Academy.”

Congratulations, Zakaria! You worked hard to achieve your goals. We wish you beautiful blue skies!

Check Rides

Congratulations to these Epic Flight Academy students who passed check rides on their first attempt in January! We salute you!

Private Pilot   

Declan William McArdle
Kyne Cullen Fenton
Oscar Alberto Diaz Velazco
Austin Riley Bearden
Delu Sun

Instrument Rating   

James Colin Holowitz
James Nicholas Heistand
Maharavo Jonathan Toto
Gary Clayton Woodward III
Durand Jonath Andrew Walimuni Mendis Abeysekera

Commercial Single-Engine

Edilberto Raul Santos Cruz
Logan Alexander Boyle
Lauren Michelle Faberlle

Commercial Multi-Engine

Auwwal Muhammad Muhammad
Thy Bui
Austin James Noble
Andreas Eric Reid
Brian Scott Campbell
Voyn Georgiev Dikov

Airline Transport Pilot

Lucas John Andresen

Certified Flight Instructor

Thomas Samuel Adams
Pei-Cian Sun
Ryan Michael Hamill
Shubhanu Mukherjee
Thomas Edwin Moor
John Perry Baptista Pama
Jason Raymond Nemeroff
Mason Alexander Smallwood

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Zachary Andrew Caley
John Alexander McCleary II
Ronak J Tanna
Jerrett Clyde Bridge

Multi Engine Instructor 

Andrew Michael Hansinger
Shawn Patrick Cross

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