Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 12 | December 2023

Volume 6, Issue 12 | December 2023

Meet Our 2023 Scholarship Winners

2023 Aviation Scholarship Winners at Epic Flight Academy

L-R: Shemuel Ortiz, Orion Maka, New Smyrna Beach Mayor Fred Cleveland, Juliana Gonzalez, Robert Brown (not pictured: Melissa Hernandez, Roger Roden, Cody Stebbins)

On Saturday, November 4, 2023, Epic Flight Academy announced the recipients of the 8th Annual Aviation Scholarship Awards during a special event and career fair. Seven high school students received a total of $80,000 in scholarships. New Smyrna Beach Mayor Fred Cleveland presented the awards on behalf of Epic. Robert Brown and Orion Maka each won $20,000 for aircraft mechanic training. Juliana Gonzalez, Melissa Hernandez, Roger Roden, and Cody Stebbins each won $5,000 for flight training, and Shemuel Ortiz won $20,000 for flight training.

To date, Epic has awarded more than $360,000 to 27 high school students in the last eight years of hosting this event. Congratulations to all! 

New Flight Students

New flight students arrived in November 2023 at Epic Flight Academy's New Smyrna Beach campus.

Welcome to our newest flight students who joined us in November at the main campus! We also welcomed new pilots at our Ocala, Tallahassee, and Tucson campuses!

FEAM Aero Offering Tuition Reimbursement

Construction Progress at Epic's CVG location

Construction crews are busy completing the interior of our new aircraft mechanic school at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) as you can see here.

Are you thinking about enrolling in our aircraft mechanic program at our new location at CVG? If so, you can apply for up to $25,000 in tuition reimbursement from FEAM Aero

Construction is progressing steadily, and we are eager to begin training students in 2024! Our next class in New Smyrna Beach begins on Feb. 12th. You can prequalify in minutes, and we’ll save you a seat!

Epic Alumni News: Soaring Careers

Epic alumni career updates in November 2023

We love sharing the accomplishments of our graduates and have plenty of good news this month!

Congratulations to all, starting with Kaitlyn Hickey, a First Officer for Southern Airways Express, who recently earned her type rating for the Airbus! An Duc Le and Phuoc Toan Nguyen also earned their type ratings for the A320. Christian Cunanan completed his type rating for the Boeing 737 at Avelo Airlines. Mehmet Ula is now a First Officer at Frontier Airlines flying the A320/321. Ian Gammon is now flying for Spirit Airlines, and Andrew Keoni Kalama is an Aircraft Mechanic 1 for Aloha Tech Ops and works on the B737NG series, Max, classic, B777, B767, and A321neo.

We applaud everyone’s achievements and couldn’t be prouder! If you’re an Epic graduate, please send us an update!

Appreciating Our Veterans

Epic cookout for veterans of the US Armed Forces

Many of Epic’s students and staff are veterans of the Armed Forces. We celebrated their service during the week of Veterans Day with a cookout at the aircraft mechanic school. Thanks to each and every one of our veterans for their service!

Student Appreciation at Ocala Campus

Epic Flight Students at student appreciation event in Ocala

Ocala flight students took some time out for pizza and camaraderie during our Student Appreciation Day. We also hosted a study night to review key concepts.

Epic Out and About

Epic representatives attended various schools' career fairs in November 2023

Epic staff members attended career fairs in Kentucky and Florida. With so many students thinking about careers in aviation, we love to share Epic opportunities!

Aircraft Mechanic Exams

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


Alexander Swindle
Christian Carroll
Andrew Golliday

Pilot Check Rides

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

Private Pilot   

Phoenix Taiyo Smith
Mahid Islam
Msagati-Katindi William Mndolwa
Dat Tien Nguyen

Instrument Rating   

Gregory Thomas Sheppard
Levi Douglas McCall
Cody Jacob Moser
Glenn Stafford Murray
MD Mahmud Hasan
Hoang Minh Nguyen
Brendan Jack Kenny
S M Ridwan Mahmud Rafi

Commercial Single-Engine

Taha Hekmat Saeed
Wesley Nathan Weingord
Andrew Ryan Kennedy
Jake Michael Bradley
Karina Marie Ortiz Munoz
Santiago Velasqez Gallego

Commercial Multi-Engine

Yen Yu Chen
Dendy Erai Fadlie
Sasa Naorungroj
Clayton James Smith (Ocala)
Samuel Brooks Whitehurst
Dillon Matthew Barker
Christian Scott Turner
Phouc Minh Phan
Jacob Charles Niewinski
Shane Marion Joseph Williams
Anthony Alexander Samuel
Robert Russell Carroll
Alexander Patrick Korbas
Amber Mizuki

Certified Flight Instructor

Dillon Scott Gover
Alan Jeffry Hobson
Arthur James Clarke
John Maure Saba V
Kendal Lynn Koblick
Sean Ryan Wertz
Sean Kevin Leach
Brett Charles Farley

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Luke Weston Bazel
Nathaniel Paul Jackson
Hayley Addison Kudey
David Michael Hartung
Jerry Wade Jacobs II
Jessica Anne Frascotti

Multi-Engine Flight Instructor

Jeffrey Thomas Knipe
Joseph Daniel Hill
Caroline Bea Gaillet
Alexander William Corkery

List of Christmas gifts for pilots

How many pilots are you shopping for this holiday season? We have a list of 101 pilot gifts with links to help you find the perfect present!

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