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Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 3 | March 2020

Volume 3, Issue 3                                                                    March 2020 Epic Grad Hosts Pilot Career Seminar We were thrilled to welcome Epic graduate Captain John Evans (left) from Endeavor Air. John was here on Feb. 27th to host a Pilot Career Seminar and share information about hiring at Endeavor, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Thank you, John, for networking with our pilots! Epic will host another Pilot Career Seminar on March 31st – RJet Day with Republic Airways. (Note: Also […]

Airspace Part 1

Captain Judy’s Corner: The Airspace ABCs – Part 1 Captain Judy Rice in Tel Aviv, Israel – preflight and refueling The Citation jet’s route was filed departing from Yerevan, Armenia (UDYZ) with an arrival into Tel Aviv, Israel (LLBG). During our pre-briefing, we were made aware that, once airborne, we should anticipate an assigned, mandatory security stop before being allowed into Israel airspace. How are aircraft cleared for security before landing in Israel? Israel assigned all aircraft a required security landing airport before entry into their airspace. We would land and provide proof of information for our aircraft, crew, and passengers. Once all information was verified at our assigned security airport, we […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 2 | Feb. 2020

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 2 | Feb. 2020

Volume 3, Issue 2                                                                    February 2020 Air Wisconsin Hosts Pilot Career Seminar Epic Flight Academy welcomed representatives from Air Wisconsin on January 22nd for a Pilot Career Seminar. Our flight school provides numerous opportunities to network that will help with your career goals. Air Wisconsin offers up to $57,000 in bonuses alone! Epic graduate and current flight instructor Andrew Toma (far left) was hired by Air Wisconsin as a First Officer. Congratulations, Andrew! We invite you to join […]

Love at First Flight

Captain Judy’s Corner: Love at First Flight – Handling Characteristics Make Every Aircraft Unique Maneuverability and handling characteristics vary from aircraft to aircraft. Pictured here is Captain Judy Rice in her AA1A. My initial training was in a docile Cessna 150 (C150) and a spunky Piper Tomahawk. I appreciated the C150’s stability and enjoyed the Tomahawk’s maneuverable handling characteristics. Shortly after completing my private pilot check ride, I noticed a cute little airplane practicing take-offs and landings. I was looking to increase my experience, and this looked to be a fun airplane to fly. I inquired at the airport office regarding this mysterious airplane. The Grumman AA1A was owned by three pilots. One […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 1 | Jan. 2020

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 1 | Jan. 2020

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 3, Issue 1                                                                    January 2020 Epic Wins Best Workplace for 2019 Epic Flight Academy was acknowledged as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Volusia and Flagler Counties by the Daytona News-Journal for 2019. More than 130 employees comprise Team Epic, and we are very proud of this recognition. What a great way to cap our 20th anniversary year! A snapshot of 2019… 596 passed […]

The Need for Speed

Captain Judy’s Corner: The Need for Speed Captain Judy Rice stands next to the Citation Mustang in which she broke a world speed record. Going for a world record! As the Citation approached Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (BGSF), I queried the Air Traffic Controller about their readiness as officiators for my Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), National Aeronautic Association (NAA) World Record Attempt.  The controller responded with, “Affirmative.”  After landing, two airport officials assured the jet was fueled before giving a friendly wave-off as I taxied to the runway hold lines.  We were cleared direct to Reykjavik. In a heavy Danish accent, the final air traffic remarks were, “The Clock is ready for […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 12 | Dec. 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 12 | Dec. 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 12                                                                    December 2019 Your College Degree Awaits Why pay tens of thousands of dollars for a college degree when you can transfer your Epic Flight Academy training for 23 college credits at Daytona State College? You have the option to earn your A.S. degree at DSC as well as your Bachelor’s. Or, you can earn your A.S. and transfer to another college for your […]

Turbulence

Captain Judy’s Corner: What is turbulence? Pilots experience different types of turbulence during flight. Understanding turbulence can help you better respond when you face this situation. What is the definition of turbulence? The definition of turbulence is a sudden, violent shift in airflow. It creates up and down currents caused by irregular atmospheric motion. We were in the clouds, Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), and flying in an area without radar coverage. My first officer (FO) was busy programming the Citation jet’s system with the latitude and longitude coordinates instructed by Bangladesh controllers. I was focused on leveling the Citation at FL390 (39,000’). Suddenly the FO pointed upward exclaiming, “Oh my!” […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 11 | Nov. 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 11 | Nov. 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 11                                                                    November 2019 Sponsors Supported $27,500 in 2019 Epic Scholarship Awards Congratulations to our 4th Annual Epic Flight Academy Aviation Scholarship winners! New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen presented a $20,000 scholarship to Trace Martinson from St. Augustine, FL (pictured above) and a $5,000 scholarship to Bronwyn Rees (in absentia) from Rockledge, FL. We received 22 applications from 8 states. We were also thrilled to present a […]

This Is Your Captain Speaking

This is your Captain speaking… Captain Judy’s Corner: The Importance of Understanding the Ignition System You have envisioned sitting in the left seat announcing to the passengers, “This is your Captain speaking, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.” Awaking from your dream, you look over at the mounds of study material open on the desk. What do I need to know to become a pilot? Nothing as an Earthling prepares a student for the amount of what seems like alien knowledge and skills required to become a pilot. A few examples of this knowledge required to earn a certificate are the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) comparable to studying a […]