Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 7 | July 2023

Volume 6, Issue 7 | July 2023

Construction Update at CVG Airport

Construction at CVG Airport

We’re making progress on our new location! Founder and CEO Danny Perna and his wife Amy (below) visited the construction site of the new Aircraft Mechanic training facility at CVG Airport a few days ago. Construction is going well and on schedule. We expect to hold our first classes there in early 2024 in partnership with FEAM Aero

If you’re ready to train as an aircraft mechanic, our next class begins Sept. 25 at our New Smyrna Beach, FL campus. You can prequalify in minutes. Graduates, current students, and staff can earn $1,000 through our referral program for the aircraft mechanic program. We invite you to share this excellent program with others!

Danny and Amy Perna at CVG

New Flight Students

New flight students in June 2023

Joining our June class of flight students were 11 students (below) training to fly for US-Bangla Airlines. They joined 10 other students here who were already participating in this training program. We’re happy to say our new flight students are making great progress, and we look forward to sharing updates.

Flight students for US-Bangla at Epic Flight Academy

Student Appreciation

Student Appreciation Days in June 2023

June was Student Appreciation month, and we celebrated with ice cream! From top left clockwise: New Smyrna Beach flight school; Ocala flight school; New Smyrna Beach aircraft mechanic school; and Tallahassee flight school. Students, we appreciate your hard work and commitment to learning!

Epic Events

School’s out for the summer, but we were thrilled to welcome students from a Daytona Beach summer camp program who learned about aviation careers and toured our campus. We love hosting field trips and invite teachers to contact us.

Alumni News

Epic Flight Academy graduate news for June 2023

We have so much to share here! Congratulations to Colter Sharp who is now a certified B-737 pilot for Southwest Airlines! We also congratulate Carlo Cairo who earned his CSEL and CMEL at Epic and now flies the A320 for LATAM Airlines. Epic graduate Captain David Kollins is a PC-12 pilot at PlaneSense, a leading national and international provider of fractional aircraft ownership and private flight. Don Bangs is living the dream as a First Officer at Delta Air Lines at the age of 25! Don achieved the rank of Captain at PSA Airlines before accepting his new position with Delta. 

We also congratulate recent aircraft mechanic graduates Zane Hamilton and Sam Olson who have just completed orientation and policies and procedures class for Frontier Airlines! And last but not least, Max Goione and Noah Bailey are First Officers for JetBlue. They recently bumped into each other – where else? – at the airport!  

We are so incredibly proud of our graduates’ accomplishments and invite all of you to send us an update and keep in touch! We love hearing from you!

Epic Staff News

Epic Flight Academy New Hires for June 2023

Our Epic family is growing! We recently welcomed nine team members to our staff of more than 180. Two new student ambassadors, Kristina Cromer and Wesley Weingord, joined the team as did A&P instructor Tony Becker, aircraft mechanics Christian Vega and Daniel Mertz, HR director Alex Kish, IT coordinator Noah Tremblay, dispatcher Kaitlin Gardner, and recruiter Alyana Anuska-Narcisse. We wish a warm welcome to all!

Josh Rawlins Celebrates 20 Years at Epic!

Josh Rawlins 20th work anniversary at Epic Flight Academy

Congratulations to Josh Rawlins (center, standing) on celebrating his 20th anniversary at Epic! We surprised him with a party, of course, and many shared memories. We love you, Josh!

Aircraft Mechanic Exams

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


Andrew-Keoni Kalama 

Powerplant (A&P Mechanics)

Jordan Cvetko 
Steven Orozco Estrada

Pilot Check Rides

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

Private Pilot   

Kevin Bryce Gagne
Glenn Stafford Murray
Vincent Zakayo Mgaya
Jacob Tyler Dunaway
Clint Daniel Easton
Oleksiy Volodin
Kumar Vir
Brock Waldon Fletcher
Hoang Pham Huy Nguyen

Instrument Rating   

William David Chen
Thang Manh Doan
Sara Elizabeth Hill
Travis Charles Bailey
Cody Dewayne Harrison (TLH)
Michael Andre Chavez Arevalo
Travis Charles Bailey
Anthony Alexander Samuel
Anthony Alexander Samuel
Victor Xavier Melendez Castro (OCF)

Commercial Single-Engine

Motaz Ramadan S Ibrahim
James Stephen Kwan
Michael R H Gung
Cody Edward Raulerson
Jordan Kolby Butler
Cody Seth Breite
Joseph Daniel Quezada Zhingri
Rylan Tully Rickett (OCF)
Chuan-Sheng Lin
Luke Charles Kenton-Cashion
Kian August Macugay Juliano
Corey Clairson Buffonge
Krush Patel

Commercial Multi-Engine

Ching-Jui Chan
Joseph Mensah-Boateng
Ardosun Luy
Sam Alexander Maner
Jack Carl Bruzell-Friesz
Logan Orestes Perry
Leah Denise Jaicks
Michael Albert Fox
Molly Kathleen Clow
Ian Matthew Puustinen
Sofia Perez Villarreal
Anthony David Padilla Ayala
Henry Alexander Sanchez

Certified Flight Instructor

Emily Grace Micallef
Donggyoon Kim
Cody Michael Young
Ryan William Bailey
Tyler Ian Pepper
Dominic Francis Movizzo
Kyle Austin Sears

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Andres Alberto Taborga Gamon
Jiwoo Lim
Doyeon Kwon
Robert Lee Sharp
Christopher Dominic Picinich
Francesca Nina Daly
Dustin Lee Folkema
Maisie Lynn Herrera Atencio
Joshua Solomon Rubin

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