Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 3 | March 2022

Epic takes deliver of a new Cessna, hosts airline seminars, awards scholarships, and more.



Volume 5, Issue 3 | March 2022

Epic Takes Delivery of New Cessna

New Cessna Feb 2022



Epic Flight Academy purchases all training aircraft new from the factory. Students and staff turned out to welcome the newest addition to the Epic fleet, a Cessna Skyhawk 172S Nav III. We flew this in directly from the Cessna/Textron factory in Kansas. Epic’s maintenance department has since painted the tail red to match the rest of the fleet. The red tails make the aircraft more visible, which is an added safety feature.

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Career Seminars

Feb 2022 Career Seminars at Epic



Epic hosted three Career Seminars with representatives from Air WisconsinGoJet Airlines, and Republic Airways. Pilots and aircraft mechanics are in high demand, and we appreciate our airline partners visiting on site to share hiring opportunities like these.

Epic Awards $25,000 Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship

Andruw Bunch Scholarship Recipient


Congratulations to Andruw Bunch (center in gray t-shirt), pictured here accepting a backpack from COO Josh Rawlins as Epic staff members look on. Epic presented a $25,000 merit scholarship to Andruw, a successful member of the CUDAS UnHooked program, which serves New Smyrna Beach students. He started Aircraft Mechanic classes in February and is doing a great job.

If you enjoy hands-on learning, you’ll love our Aircraft Mechanic ProgramOur next class begins on May 31st. See if you’re eligible to enroll!

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Epic in the News

Epic has been in the news again! Check out these articles about the latest happenings!

Welcome to Epic’s Newest Staff Members

Feb 2022 Epic New Hires

Epic’s Aircraft Ground Support grew by two friendly faces last month. Welcome to Shalin Allen and Austin Bearden! We are glad you’re part of the Epic family.

Epic Alumni Spotlight

Feb 2022 Epic Alumni Spotlight


Hearing from our Epic graduates is always fun, especially when they have good news to share. Emma Grimes recently visited campus as did Tyler Rokosny. Emma is a First Officer with GoJet. She was here for a career seminar. Tyler is a a Captain with Republic Airways and also visited during a career seminar. Epic graduate Aman Bharadwaj is now a First Officer with Blue Dart, and we also congratulate Abby Garcia for her achievements. If you graduated from Epic, let us hear from you! 

Visit From Scholarship Winner

Julia Juedes Scholarship Winner

We enjoyed a visit from scholarship winner Julia Juedes and her father last month. Julia is from Winneconne, Wisconsin. She won a $20,000 Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship but was unable to attend our scholarship event at the time. We’re so glad she was able to make the trip to Epic at last!

Airport News

It’s always fun when the Goodyear Blimp visits. “Wingfoot Two” was based at the New Smyrna Beach Airport during Daytona 500 providing rides for sick and disadvantaged children in the community. 

Check Rides

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

Private Pilot   

Anderson Steven Iglesias
Sokthavine Sa
Jeremy Baran
Kevon Jaundoo
Nicholas Alexander Hagen

Instrument Rating   

Joel Victor Bressett
Jean Philippe Bila Minlangu Ntete
Timin Solanki
Lauren Marie Volchansky

Commercial Single-Engine

William Thomas Longino Jr
Sheldon Addington Morris Jr
Zachary Michael Dell Wohlart

Certified Flight Instructor

Tyler Robert Smith
Jaron Rece McCloud

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Miles Chance Moyer
John Perry Baptista Pama
Sean Thomas Whipple
Christopher James Desjarlais
Eugene Kim
Julianne Marie Hurley
Shen-Jui Huang

Commercial Multi-Engine

Jonathon Chase Ray
Charles Ryan Elliott
Maya Glassner
Jordan Reed Weinstein
Isaiah Dwayne Kewin Hernandez
Ji Wan Jeon

Just for fun, we’ve come up with a list of 100+ best gifts for pilots! Check it out, and let us know what else we should include.

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