Epic Buzz Vol. 7 Issue 3 | March 2024

Volume 7, Issue 3 | March 2024

Graduation for Aircraft Mechanics

Aircraft Mechanics Graduation Ceremony February 2024.

Aircraft mechanic students who began their studies on May 31, 2022 graduated on February 8, 2024. We send heartfelt congratulations to these hardworking students who are now ready to embark on new careers!

Hats off to Steven Albinson, Christian Bruno, Andrew Carmiche, Rebecca Ebersold, Christopher Lambert, Simon Leon, Aidan, McGhin, Luis Saavedra Marin, Emilio Sampoll Tollinchi, Alexander Swindle, and Gower Symons

We also welcomed a new class of aircraft mechanic students (below) last month who are currently in their general technician course. If you’re considering a career as an aircraft mechanic, you can check your eligibility in minutes.

New Epic Flight Academy aircraft mechanic students February 2024.

New Flight Students in February

New flight school students arrived in Feb. 2024.

We also welcomed new flight students to our New Smyrna Beach campus last month. Our Ocala, TallahasseeTucson, and Jacksonville campuses also grew in enrollment. We are busy and hiring new flight instructors as enrollment continues to increase. Stop by any of our campuses and take a Discovery Flight and tour!

CVG Aircraft Mechanic School Update

Our first class of students tour Epic's Aircraft Mechanic School at CVG Airport.

We recently welcomed registered students for a tour of our new aircraft mechanic school at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Epic staff members are on site getting everything prepared for our first class! We would love to welcome you to our inaugural class in April! You can prequalify in minutes.

Epic Alumni News: Career Updates

Epic graduate updates for Feb. 2024.

Congratulations to Lauren Hensel who will begin her new role of Captain later this month flying the B737 for American Airlines! We also congratulate Anthony Vansell who is a Captain flying the King Air 350 for West Coast Charters. He recently achieved 2,000 flight hours! And we send a shoutout to Tyler Smith, a First Officer flying the A320/A321 for Frontier Airlines! We love sharing updates of Epic alumni! If you’re an Epic graduate, please send us an update!

Silver Airways Partnership

Epic Flight Academy partners with Silver Airways.

Representatives from Silver Airways met with pilots at our New Smyrna Beach campus last month to announce our new partnership in the Sterling pilot pathway program. Pictured L-R: Tyren Wilson (EFA Director of Outreach), Patricia Mejia (SA Senior Recruiter), Geoffrey Jacobs (SA Asst. Director of Operations), Kerri Beuker (SA Director of Talent and Engagement), and Shane Williams (EFA Director of Flight Operations). We are excited for our pilots to make the most of this career opportunity!

We also welcomed Piedmont Airlines to our Aircraft Mechanic School last month. Piedmont is recruiting mechanics for various locations.

Employee Updates

Epic employees hired in February 2024.

The Epic family is growing! We welcomed Flight Instructors Kyle Fenton, Michael Davenport, Abdelrahman DafaallaJohn SabaTyler Schutz, Adrian Vinueza, Lexi Martin-Nammour, Daiana Ayala, Brett Farley, Madison Seymour, and Sean Wertz to the New Smyrna Beach (EVB) campus, Alan Hobson and Tobias Budd to Tucson (TUS), and Seth Conway to Ocala (OCF). We also welcomed Dwaine Johnson in Ground Support and Morgan Sebald in Scheduling.  

Scholarship Opportunity for U.S. Students

Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Epic Flight Academy aircraft mechanic scholarsip 2024.

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with Epic Flight Academy, is providing one student a full scholarship to Epic’s Aircraft Mechanic Program. The scholarship covers tuition and materials for the 19-month program, valued at $45,000. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2024.

All applicants must be either a 2023 or 2024 U.S. high school graduate. The winner must attend the 2024 College and Career Readiness Event at the Center for Space Education on March 15, 2024. This event hosts high school (grade 9-12) students at Kennedy Space Center. They attend an aerospace and technology-focused conference where they can learn step-by-step how to effectively network, make connections in the industry, and explore career opportunities along both academic and trade routes. 

This event will include: a college/career readiness exhibit hall, workshops/breakout sessions, panel discussions from industry employees, and a keynote speech. Participating organizations include: NASA, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, UCF, SpaceX, Embraer, and more! Attendance of this event includes complimentary admission into the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Epic Outreach and Career Seminars

Tyren Wilson at a career fair in Kings Bay, GA.

The Epic outreach team visited career fairs and schools in February sharing training and career opportunities in the field of aviation. They visited:

  • Chancery High School – Orlando, FL
  • Sheeler High School – Apopka, FL
  • Fleet and Family Support Center – Kings Bay, GA
  • Climb Event at Cecil Airport – Jacksonville, FL
  • Windermere High School – Windermere, FL
  • Wekiva High School – Apopka, FL
  • Apopka High School – Apopka, FL
  • Spruce Creek High School – Port Orange, FL
  • Edgewater High School – Orlando, FL

New YouTube Videos

Captain Judy Rice Global Flight Video.

Check out the latest videos on our YouTube Channel!

Aircraft Mechanic Exams

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


Christian Vega
Tyler Visscher

Powerplant   (A&P Mechanics)

Robert (Steven) Albinson
Christian Buno
Andrew Carmiche
Selena Davis
Christopher Lambert
Luis Saavedra Marin 
Alexander Swindle
Emilio Sampoll Tollinchi

Pilot Check Rides

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

Private Pilot   

Harmeetkaur Charanjitsingh Sarna
Carson Joseph Coiley
Christian Robert Nelson
Zachary Ryan Anderson (TLH)
Alexandra Nicole McNew
Isaiah Emeanuel John Layne
Connor James Verity
Thomas Hubert Dollar III (TLH)
Jawaad Mohamad Pezreh
 Jesus Armando Coronado III (TUS)
Jayden Ash Scott

Instrument Rating   

Umaer Ibne Huq
Mason Robert Wright (TLH)
Pasquale Iazzetta
Kasey Scott Wheatley (TLH)
Lauren Rose Shtogrin (TLH)
Zachary Charles Barnhart
Victoria Elizabeth Cox
Roy Isaiah Chavez
Faisal Ahmed Shanta
Seth Christopher Whidden

Commercial Single-Engine   

Khang Nhi Pham
Rafiul Alam
Ian Wesley Slentz (TLH)
Kevin Luke Steinmann
SM Ridwan Mahmud Rafi
Shane Andrew Gabriel
MD Mahmud Hasan
Joshua Patrick Madden
William David Chen

Commercial Multi-Engine

Hoang Minh Nguyen
Ting-Fang Wu
Vicent Zakayo Mgaya
Yohan Kanesan
Orgil Enkhtur
Dr King E Coates
Conan Austin Dulac
Jesca Marison Mwakyoma
Blake Tyler Anderson
Alexander Grady Klopfenstein
Jerry Wade Jacobs II
Eric Manuelle Santiago Santiago
James Stephen Kwan
Michael Alfred Schneider

Certified Flight Instructor

Afolabi Oluwaseun Alabi (TLH)
Mohammed Ihsan Ali Al Khafaji
Mason Ray Harmon
Kailey Marie Fricker
Parker Reed Garrett
Austin Mitchall Curtis Schwartz
Madison Marie Drake (OCF)
Jack Ryan Kelly

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

John Maure Saba V
Andre Javier Rivera Perez
Tyler David Schutz
Veronika Markova Osgood
Motaz Ramadan S Ibrahim
Abdelrahman Eisam Abdelrahman Dafaalla
Jung Woo Lee
William Robert Orlando II

Multi-Engine Flight Instructor

Kendra Anne Piros
Adam Almahdi Haiboub

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