Epic Buzz Vol. 7 Issue 2 | February 2024

Volume 7, Issue 2 | February 2024

Aircraft Mechanic News

Epic Flight Academy aircraft mechanic news

Thanks to all who attended the open house at our New Smyrna Beach aircraft mechanic school in January. What an event! A truck powered by a jet engine! Monster trucks and antique cars! Tours and demonstrations! We had a great time and are looking forward to welcoming new students to our next class on February 12th. Ready to enroll? You can prequalify in minutes.

New Flight Students in January

New flight students arrived in January 2024

We welcomed 31 new flight students to our New Smyrna Beach campus in January. Our Ocala, Tallahassee, and Tucson campuses also grew in enrollment, and we have to give a shout-out to Jesus Coronado for being our first student to solo in Tucson! Let’s fly!

First Tucson Solo Flight at Epic Flight Academy.
Jesus Coronado (L) was our first student to fly solo at our Tucson campus. Pictured with flight instructor Brock Rees.

CVG Aircraft Mechanic School Update

CVG Aircraft Mechanic School Update.

With the exterior of our new aircraft mechanic school at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport complete, Epic staff members are now on site and setting up classrooms, equipment, and training areas. Each day brings us one day closer to welcoming our first class! We invite you to join us on your journey to becoming an aircraft mechanic! You can prequalify in minutes.

Epic Alumni News: Career Updates

Epic alumni news February 2024

Congratulations to Epic grad Zachary Caley who is a First Officer at Piedmont Airlines flying the Embraer-145! Zachary shared, “Epic gave me the best and safest experience towards getting all of my ratings that I could have ever hoped for. They were a very welcoming and helpful school and I have recommended all my students to go there if they wanted to continue and fast track their training.”

We also heard from Epic graduate Cody May who is flying for Fair Wind Air Charter. Cody shared: “Had a great time at Epic. After hearing many other pilots’ school stories, I’m very glad I choose Epic to do my flight training. I’m currently flying right seat in a Challenger 605 out of south Florida and loving every minute of it!”

Taylor Rawlins apprenticed at Epic to become an FAA-certified aircraft mechanic. He continues to do an excellent job here in Epic’s maintenance department, and he just leveled up by earning his Inspection Authorization (IA). This means Taylor is authorized by the FAA to determine airworthiness by inspecting repairs or alterations and assuring aircraft are safe to operate. 

We love sharing success stories of Epic-trained aviation professionals! If you’re an Epic graduate, please send us an update!

Employee Updates

Epic staff news February 2024

We have some new faces at Epic! We are pleased to introduce our newest staff members: Anthony Vecchio, Aircraft Mechanic Instructor; Ben Farris, Dispatcher; Christopher Shortt, Librarian; Kristyn Sanchez, Recruiter; and Stephanie Rivera, Recruiter. Welcome to the Epic family!

Student Appreciation and Study Night

Ocala campus student appreciation and study night.

Pilots at our Ocala campus enjoyed tacos and discussed the principles of flight during a combination study session and student appreciation night. Studying is always more fun with food!

Epic Outreach

Epic outreach to Florida schools.

Epic staff and students visited Florida schools in January to share training and career opportunities in the field of aviation. They visited 10 schools: 

  • NeoCity Academy
  • Ormond Beach Middle School
  • Atlantic High School
  • Spruce Creek High School
  • Mainland High School
  • Pine Ridge High School
  • DeLand High School
  • Hinson Middle School
  • Fairview Middle School
  • Econ River High School.

Career Seminars

CommuteAir Career Seminar in January 2024

We also hosted career seminars with hiring partners CommuteAir, Boeing, and United Aviate last month. Aviation careers are on the rise. For those who want to be a pilot or an aircraft mechanic, we can train you!

Silver Airways to Launch Sterling Program at Epic

Silver Airways Sterling Program at Epic.

We are thrilled to launch Silver Airways’s Sterling Program at Epic Flight Academy during a special event on Feb. 9th. Join us to learn more about these exciting career opportunities! We’ll also host a career seminar with Piedmont Airlines on Feb. 21st.

Aircraft Mechanic Exams

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


Andrew Carmiche
Simon Leon 
Samuel Williams
Christian Bruno

Pilot Check Rides

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

Private Pilot   

Ashraful Islam Emon
William Alberto Rodriguez (TLH)
Collin Philip Beese
Deon N Apakama
Cimone Kakkar
Reid Thomas Pohlman
Carlos Ernesto Canales Crespo
Vu Dang Khoa Huynh
Abdulrahman Essam H Ragban
Genevieve Marie Gemignani

Instrument Rating   

Abduldayam Fouzi Maflahi
Ritu Heki Mehta
S M Azizul Hakim Seefat
MD Sheam Uddin Sadi
Samiul Islam
Zayne Willis Koth
Oleksiy Volodin
Zesan Ferdoush Badhon
Channing Eli Prichard (TLH)
Shaikh Minhaz Uddin
MD Shahidun Nabi Tasin
Kassim Mahmud Bello
Ethan Wayne Lentz
Samia Naushin Shara
Nabil Walid Suhan
MD Roufir Hasan
Tien Huynh Minh Tran
James Anthony Goumas
Deborah Marie Daniels
Jarod Brody Bachman
Chrstopher Raymond Paul

Commercial Single-Engine

Rodrigo C DaSilva Jr
Gregory Thomas Sheppard (TLH)
Kumar Vir
Aurora Madison Engel
Brennan Scott Weiber

Commercial Multi-Engine

Michael Joseph Davenport
Adrian Felipe Vinueza Cordova
John Melvin Robbins
Zachary James Reader
John Harrison Reynolds

Certified Flight Instructor

Pape Diaguila Seye
Victor Xavier Melendez Castro
Matthew Ryan Perry

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Moira Catherine Hedrick
Pavan Kirtikumar Chaudhari
Alan Jeffry Hobson
Dillon Scott Gover
Cody Dewayne Harrison (TLH)
Matthew Steven Soja
Michael R H Gung

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