Epic Buzz Vol. 7 Issue 5 | May 2024

Volume 7, Issue 5 | May 2024

Epic Opens Aircraft Mechanic School at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Ribbon-cutting at Epic Flight Academy's new aircraft mechanic school at CVG Airport

In April 2023, we broke ground on our new FAA Part 147 Aircraft Mechanic School at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. On Monday, April 22, 2024, we welcomed students, staff, local residents, press, colleagues from FEAM Aero and CVG Airport, and dignitaries from the state of Kentucky for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Josh Rawlins, COO and Director of Aircraft Mechanic Programs cut the ribbon and made it official. Check out our photo album and read the press coverage of the event.

Our first class of students is pictured below. They are on their way to becoming FAA-certified aircraft mechanics over the next year and a half.

If you’re considering a career as an aircraft mechanic, you can check your eligibility in minutes and train at the CVG Airport location or in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Our graduates are enjoying exciting new careers, and so can you!

First class of aircraft mechanics students at CVG Airport

New Flight Students in April

Flight students who joined Epic in April 2024

April proved to be another busy month as we welcomed new flight students to our New Smyrna Beach campus (pictured). We also welcomed new pilots to our Ocala, TallahasseeTucson, and Jacksonville flight schools. We invite you to visit any of our campuses and take a Discovery Flight and tour!

Aircraft Mechanic Open House on May 11th

Epic flight instructor Tyler Prenesti's race car

We invite you to our New Smyrna Beach aircraft mechanic school for an Open House on May 11th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Tour our campus, meet with students and staff, and check out our classic car show featuring Epic’s own Tyler Prenesti with his Epic-sponsored race car! Yes, we will serve refreshments!

Epic Alumni News: Career Updates

April 2024 Epic Alumni Career Updates

We love sharing career updates from former Epic students. Congratulations to Prajval Poojary, a Captain with CAE Abu Dhabi, Camila Perez, a First Officer with American Airlines, Christopher Picinich, a First Officer flying the King Air 200B at Eastern Air Express, and John Ream, a First Officer with Mesa Airlines flying the E-175/190! Everyone’s journey is unique, and it’s a lot more fun when you have wings! If you’re an Epic graduate, please send us an update!

Republic Airways Ambassador

Republic Airways Ambassador Adrian Vinuez and Epic students

Adrian Vinueza (L) is one of our Republic Airways Ambassadors. He recently shared coffee & donuts at our NSB campus and information about the RJet Cadet pathway and Republic Airways.

Employee Updates

Epic staff hires in April 2024

Welcome to our newest team members: Cody Webre – aircraft mechanic, Jack Freeman – student ambassador, and Marley Davis – A&P mechanic apprentice. We are glad you’re here!

Study Night in Ocala

Study night in Ocala, Florida

Flight students at our Ocala campus spent an evening discussing topics such as aeromedical, airspace, stability, and uncontrolled airports. They also enjoyed some great tacos! Study nights can be productive and delicious!

Epic Outreach and Career Seminars

April 2024 Epic Outreach

April was another busy month for the Epic outreach team as they visited numerous career fairs and schools. These included:

  • Lake Buena Vista High School – Orlando, FL
  • Randall K. Cooper High School – Union, KY
  • Grant County High School – Dry Ridge, KY
  • Campbell County Area Technology Center – Alexandria, KY
  • Richard Milburn Academy High School – Daytona Beach, FL
  • Dr. Phillips High School – Orlando, FL (pictured above)
  • Atlantic High School – Port Orange, FL
  • West Orange High School – Winter Garden, FL

Aircraft Mechanic Passes

These aircraft mechanic students passed their FAA Airframe Exams in April!

Steven Stewart
Scott Beard

Luis Morato Dickson
Rafael Rodrigues De Azevedo

Pilot Check Rides

First Time Pass April 2024

Sajid Sahadat passed his CSEL check ride on his first attempt. Pictured with CFII Andrea Stewart.

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

Private Pilot   

Melany Italia Gabrielli
Tyler Robert Hunt
Matthew Hunter Webster
Luke Kristian Ng-A-Mann
Zachariah Michael Porter
Frank Mario Pennisi Jr
Cherokee Jonas Rush
Kofi Opoku Agyei
Nicholas Micharl Oyler
Andrew Michael Jung
Jeremy James Santana Franco (OCF)
Shah Dujana

Instrument Rating   

Jake Walter Weiland
Andrew Michael Ryder
Mahid Islam
Ixhabi Wong Morgan
Abdur Rahman
Kyler Nathan Rich
Sebastian Robert Oshiro Doraoba
Ashraful Islam Emon

Commercial Single-Engine   

Chyenne Elizabeth Brewer
Jarod Brody Bachman
MD Sazzad Hossain Mahin
Matthew John Davis
MD Sheam Uddin Sadi
Shaikh Minhaz Uddin
Kyle Robert Mooney
Nabil Walid Suhan
Ethan Wayne Lentz
Sajid Sahadat
James Daniel Higdon II
Zayne Wallis Koth

Commercial Multi-Engine

Daniel Toledo
Thanh Toan Huynh
Tyler Grant Wood
Shane Andrew Gabriel
Andres Alberto Taborga Gamon
Joshua Patrick Madden
Manav Patel
Chuan-Sheng Lin

Certified Flight Instructor

Clayton James Smith
Giovanni James Branaugh
Robert Russell Carroll
James Octavius Demarco
Anastasia Ceca Lasic
Andrew Hany Abdelmalak
Damian Alexeis Ragot

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument

Kendal Lynn Koblik
Hannah Hope Gardner
Adrian Felipe Vinueza Cordova
Matthew Ryan Perry
Mason Ray Harmon
Afolabi Oluwaseun Alabi
Xiaochen Xu
Jack Ryan Kelly

Multi-Engine Flight Instructor

Davis Marshall Pittenger


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