Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 2 | February 2023

Volume 6, Issue 2 | February 2023

Ribbon-Cutting at Tallahassee a Success

Members of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce joined Epic staff for a ribbon-cutting

January was a busy month, which included the launch of our third flight school. Members of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce welcomed Epic Flight Academy with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 14th at Tallahassee International Airport. The event was well attended, and CommuteAir even flew in an ERJ-145 jet for folks to tour. More than 60 people signed up for discovery flights. WTXL Meteorologist Elizabeth Copeland flew with Brock Rees, Director of Satellite Operations, earlier in the week and then broadcast live from Epic the day before the event. Our third location is officially open, and flight student Cody Harrison flew the first solo flight for Epic Tallahassee! Thank you, Tallahassee, for the warm welcome. We are glad to be there!

Aircraft Mechanic Open House

If you’re thinking about becoming an aircraft mechanic, we invite you to attend an Open House for our FAA Part 147 Aircraft Mechanic training facility in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Meet staff, tour the school, talk to current students, and enjoy some refreshments! Our next aircraft mechanic class starts on May 22nd. 

New Flight Students

New flight students January 2023

We welcomed a new class of Epic pilots in January. They have started their ground school and flight training and are doing great!

New Mechanic Students

New class of aircraft mechanics January 2023

Welcome to our newest class of Aircraft Mechanic students who started their training on January 30th. In just 19 months, they will be ready for an exciting new career. It only takes a few minutes to see if you’re eligible to train as an aviation maintenance technician.

February Special for Aircraft Mechanic Students

February 2023 Special Offers

We have a special for qualified students who wish to enroll in our May class of Aircraft MechanicsEligible students will enjoy an all-inclusive package costing $45,000 that includes tuition, books, tools, all written testing, housing, and transportation for the full 19-month program. All students must meet all standard admission requirements. We do offer student loans for aircraft mechanic students.

Epic in the News

January was a busy month, and Epic was in the news 9 times, including Flying Magazine, Aero Crew News, AFM Aero, FSU News, General Aviation News, and more.

Epic Alumni News

Epic Alumni News January 2023

We love our Epic graduates! We recently heard from 5 Epic alumni who are making their mark. Matthieu Kayombo is a First Officer at Air Katanga flying the EMB 135. Nuy Hoang Nguyen is a First Officer at Bamboo Airways flying the A320. Mohammed Alhdad, who trained at Epic in 2012, is now a pilot inspector for the Civil Aviation Authority in Egypt. Mohammed said, “Epic Flight Academy is a great start and the perfect choice for your Aviation career, and it will make your dreams come perfectly and smoothly true. My advice for current students is to be patient. Great things take time.” 

Jeremy Hall is a flight instructor in Ontario and making the world a better place through his non-profit organization, Pilots4Paws. And Shivraj Toolsie is now a First Officer flying the ERJ-145 for Piedmont Airlines. He said, “Epic was a great training platform for my CFI to get me the experience required to be hired by the regionals.”

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

Epic Staff News

New Epic employees January 2023

January brought some new smiling faces to Epic! We are happy to welcome Donna Saltz, Arrival Coordinator; Emma Torgersen and Jacob Dunaway, Dispatchers; Justin “J.T.” Tubens, Scheduler; Laura Wade, Library Assistant; and flight instructors Robert Ruales and Thomas Larmena, Jr. Welcome to Team Epic!

Field Trip

McInnis Elementary School Field Trip January 2023

We were thrilled to host a field trip from McInnis Elementary School. Not only did students enjoy seeing Epic’s fleet and meeting with flight instructors, they also checked out a flight simulator and got to see how Volusia County Mosquito Control relies on aviation to do its job. Teachers, come visit!

A Night Out

Orlando Magic Epic Attendees

At Epic, we not only work hard, we play hard. Recently, students and staff from the pilot school and the aircraft mechanic school enjoyed a night out to an Orlando Magics game, because sometimes you just need to have some fun!

Aircraft Mechanic Exams

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


Jordan Cvetko 


Gavin Deitz
Kevin Dubreuil

Pilot Check Rides

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

Private Pilot   

Michael Alfred Schneider
Sofia Arnedo Jaramillo
Corey Clairson Buffonge
Alandre Samuel Campbell
Riley Alexa Sorge
Ching-Jui Chan
Dendy Erai Fadlie
Kristina Louise Cromer
Santiago Velasquez Gallego
John Harrison Reynolds

Instrument Rating   

Eliase Kamal Pharran
Shannon Caroline Kelly
Edward Thomas Evers (Ocala)
Emily Anne Pollard (Ocala)
Dominic Francis Movizzo
Jacob Charles Niewinski
Jessica Anne Frascotti
Brennan Scott Wieber
Yen Yu Chen
Leah Denise Jaicks
Ross Bradford Edwards
Raul Cabrera Sanapi
Jack Riley Davidson
Lucas Christian Greenwood

Commercial Single-Engine

Colby Hunter Skrivan
James Randal Boman
Kyle Austin Sears
Robert Thomas Brooks    
Collin Reece Eberle
Jerry Wade Jacobs II
Austin Mitchall Curtis Schwartz

Commercial Multi-Engine

Oscar Alberto Diaz Velazco
Kevon Jaundoo
Ricardo Emanuel Velazquez Cintron

Certified Flight Instructor

Michael Andrew Carcano
Drake Douglas Stutesman
Alexander William Corkery
Thomas J Larmena Jr
Connor Thomas Pritchyk

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Cansu Cildir
Inhee Kwon
Andrew Michael Anderson
Colton Christian Lubbe
Sebastien Caron
Davis Marshall Pittenger
Matthew Vincent Carr

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