Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 9 | September 2023

Volume 6, Issue 9 | September 2023

Epic Establishes Flight School at Tucson International Airport

Epic Flight Academy Tucson International Airport

We’re excited to announce the opening of another Epic flight school satellite location, this time in Tucson, Arizona. We are tentatively planning an Open House on October 27th. Watch for details in next month’s Buzz!

New Flight Students

New Epic flight students arrived Aug 2023

We wish a warm welcome to our newest class of 35 flight students! Pictured here during orientation in August, they are now fully engaged in flight training and doing great!

CVG Airport Construction Update

Construction on Epic at CVG Airport

Our new Aircraft Mechanic training facility at CVG Airport is really coming along! Students have already started enrolling for our spring 2024 classes. Check your eligibility and reserve your seat now! Pratt & Whitney representatives (below) recently visited our New Smyrna Beach aircraft mechanic school as did Piedmont Airlines to share hiring information. Career opportunities abound!

Pratt and Whitney representatives visited Epic's aircraft mechanic school.

Aviation at Burns Sci-Tech

Jeff Knipe at Burns Sci-Tech High School

Epic flight instructor Jeff Knipe is also teaching the Aviation Pilot Program at Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill. The goal of the course is to inspire the students to pursue aviation as a lifelong career. He works with 24 students teaching what is essentially a private pilot ground school with three flight simulator stations.

Alumni News

Epic Flight Academy Alumni News Aug 2023

Epic graduates always have great career news! Congratulations to Alvaro Cordero who is now a Captain at RyanAir! We also learned that Anthony Vansell of West Coast Charters has been promoted to Captain. Cory Schoaf is now a First Officer at Delta Air Lines, and Por Por Tanaboriboon is a pilot and aircraft manager at TNK Logistics flying the DA62. Congratulations to these four exceptional pilots!

If you’re an Epic graduate, send us an update!

Epic’s YouTube Channel

Epic Flight Academy YouTube Channel

People all around the world rely on Epic Flight Academy’s YouTube channel for information and instruction. With some 400 videos, we invite you to check out this incredible aviation resource.

Epic Out and About

Epic Flight Academy representatives at career expos

Last month Epic reps hit the road again! Dana McGowen and Tyler Prenesti represented Epic at the College of Central Florida Career Expo. Shiang Lu and Tyren Wilson caught up with a lot of Epic graduates in LaBace, Brazil, including Elizabeth Heim, a First Officer with Azul Airlines, João Vitor (2019 grad) and Guilherme El Hadi (2018 grad) who manages Magnolia Cubs. And lastly, Shiang and Mike Thompson worked with Epic grad Marco Arbage, a First Officer at Azul Airlines, at MRO Brazil 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We love being on the road, especially when we reconnect with Epic graduates!

Epic Staff News

Epic new hires for August 2023

Introducing our newest staff members: Flight Instructors Dominic Movizzo (TLH), Kasey Herring, and Collin Eberle; A&P Instructor Anthony Allbright; Library Assistant Dillon Gover; Ground Support Steven Farina; and Recruiter Lexi Forester. You can read their full bios on their staff profiles. We are thrilled to welcome everyone to the Epic family!

We also celebrated the career of former HR Director Phyllis Cunniffe (below) with a retirement party. Phyllis cheerfully served at Epic for 20+ years! Love you, Phyllis!

Phyllis Cunniffe retirement party

Aircraft Mechanic Exams

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


Patrick Soler
Selena Davis

Powerplant (A&P Mechanics)

Brian Katigbak 

Pilot Check Rides

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

Private Pilot   

Travian Arias St Louis
Pedro Henrique Magro
Victoria Elizabeth Cox
Thanh Toan Huynh
Hoang Minh Nguyen
Bryson Daniel Gaylord (OCF)
Justin Sosa
S M Azizul Hakim Seefat
Geoffrey Tihuna Kwilama Atomu
Quang Trong Minh Nguyen

Instrument Rating   

Asmar Nurieva
Aurora Madison Engel
Dana Renea McGowen (OCF)
Onurcan Unal
Charles Randall Brown (TLH)
Corey Edward Szewczyk
Emily Lynn Shelton
Rodercik Josip Pluscec
Hannah Hope Gardner (TLH)
Khang Nhi Pham
Joseph Ronald Auber

Commercial Single-Engine

Riley Alexa Sorge
Jesse Lee Dixson
Afolabi Oluwaseun Alabi (TLH)
Charles Randall Brown (TLH)
John Harrison Reynolds
Lamar Treshawn Finley
Dillon Scott Gover

Commercial Multi-Engine

Corey Clairson Buffonge
Weston Mark Rauber
Davis Marshall Pittenger
Adam Almahdi Haiboub
Cody Seth Breite
Ryan Matin Scottini

Certified Flight Instructor

Ji Hun Shin
Bryan David Cintron Nieves
Joseph Andrew McGrath
Caroline Bea Gaillet
Jerry Wade Jacobs II
Chanseung Lee
Leah Denise Jaicks
Christopher Genao
Molly Kathleen Clow
Christian Alexander Harper
Hayley Addison Kudey

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Charles Joseph Fusco
Olivia Nicole Fuentes
Dominic Francis Movizzo
Eric Manuelle Santiago Santiago
Emily Grace Micallef
Antonio Charles Gallerani
Rick Henk Kaandorp
James Randal Boman

Multi-Engine Instructor

Ryan Michael Hamill
Nezhat Sena Seckin

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