Epic Buzz Vol. 4 Issue 6 | June 2021

Epic Buzz Newsletter June 2021

Volume 4, Issue 6 | June 2021 Piper is Our Newest Hiring Partner We are thrilled to welcome Piper Aircraft, Inc. as Epic’s newest hiring partner for our Part 147 aircraft mechanic graduates. Greg Sims (center), Senior Manager of Manufacturing for Piper, visited Epic recently and is pictured here with COO Josh Rawlins (left) and Business Operations Manager Tyren Wilson (right). We invite you to check out our Aircraft Mechanic Program and see if it’s right for you. It’s easy to apply, and our next class begins June 8th. June Specials Airline Direct Program – IR and CPL students are eligible for the Airline Direct Program. (Note: Typically, only PPL students are eligible for this program. Because we have just launched this … Read more

Cross Country Flight Planning

Cross Country Flight Planning Training

Captain Judy’s Corner: The Art & Science of Not Getting Lost Cross country flight planning is something every pilot must know. Even though it was 30 years ago, I vividly recall soloing in the Cessna150. Exhilarating, yet terrifying, describes this memorable day. There was nothing in life that prepared me for the intensity. My flight instructor assured I was ready. I knew I was ready, but I was anxious all the same. Leaving the airport environment on a solo cross country was as exciting and distressing. I prepared, studied the routes, check points, and unfamiliar destination airport environment. Nonetheless, I consistently got lost.  Preparing a Navigation Log What helped me throughout learning cross countries? It was understanding how to prepare … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 4 Issue 5 | May 2021

Epic Buzz Newsletter May 2021

Safety Award Winner Announced Congratulations to our Colonel Anthony Perna Safety Award winner, Manuel Diaz. In remembrance of Colonel Anthony Perna, this award recognizes an individual whose dedication to safety is truly exceptional. Colonel Perna’s 30 years of faithful dedication to military aviation stands as a testament to the difference one person can make. Manuel prioritizes safety in the air and on the ground. Before he meets with a new student, he does his research so he knows who he is flying with. His decisions in the airplane always side with caution, and he reports safety deficiencies, when necessary, that contribute to our safety culture here at Epic. Thank you for your efforts, Manuel! The Colonel Anthony Perna Safety Award … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 4 Issue 4 | April 2021

Epic Buzz April 2021

April specials, our new Airline Direct Program, staff news, checkride passes, and more! Volume 4, Issue 4 | April 2021 New Airline Direct Program Are you looking for a flight training program that takes you directly to a career with the airlines? Look no further! Epic has partnered with Southern Airways Express and Mokulele Airlines to take you from zero experience to an airline career in 10 months. We accept 6 cadets into our Airline Direct Program every month. We invite you to apply to this exciting program. April Specials Airline Direct Program – IR and CPL students are eligible for the Airline Direct Program. (Note: Typically, only PPL students are eligible for this program. Because we have just launched it, we … Read more

What is yaw?

What is yaw?

We climbed effortlessly in the Citation Jet to our assigned altitude of FL380 (38,000’MSL). This light jet is controlled much like most commercial jets and with similar design features. One of the Citation’s smooth handling characteristics in a climb are the result of the yaw dampers. The Citation has vertical fins under the tail cone and an electronic yaw damper engaging automatically when the yaw is overpowering the vertical fins.  –Captain Judy Rice on her around-the-world flight What is yaw? The official definition is a twisting, or rotation, of a moving ship or aircraft around a vertical axis. Yaw describes an airplane, boat, or fish with the nose or front moving side-to-side through the air. Motion determines the meaning. Do … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 4 Issue 3 | March 2021

Epic Buzz Newsletter March 2021

March specials, new aircraft, women in aviation, staff news, checkride passes, and more! Volume 4, Issue 3 | March 2021 Women in Aviation Week Celebrate Women in Aviation Week by participating in the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide (IWOAW)’s event on March 8th. A French female pilot, Raymond de Laroche, received her pilot license on March 8, 1910. She is believed to be the world’s first licensed female pilot. Join Epic Flight Academy and aviators from around the world to celebrate Women in Aviation Week. You can even help go for a world record in a display of pink paper airplanes. Epic is proud to have awarded aviation scholarships to Sadie Gerstle (2020), Bronwyn Rees (2019), Skye Sobzack (2017) and Victoria … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 4 Issue 2 | February 2021

Epic Buzz Newsletter Feb 2021

Volume 4, Issue 2 | February 2021 3 New Aircraft Arriving We are excited to announce that Epic will be taking delivery of 3 new Cessna 172 Skyhawks on February 16th. As our fleet continues to grow we are able to increase availability for our flight students to fly around the clock. The Cessna 172 with G1000 cockpits are the #1 flight training aircraft for many reasons. We buy ours brand new directly from the Cessna factory. Safety first! February Specials International Students! Free Private Pilot Ground School for those who pay their application fee in February and arrive before August to begin flight training!   College Students! All flight students with a valid college ID receive 10% off in February and March.  … Read more

Future Flying Forecast

Article: Future Flying Forecast

Captain Judy’s Corner The future flying forecast may have seemed bleak one year ago, but fluctuations and furloughs are not forever. Bloomberg News, September 2001: “Thousands of workers losing their jobs at American Airlines. United Airlines reports the gravest times in its history. Eight of the largest airlines in the United States have implemented over 78,000 furloughs since the terrorist attacks. Prior to these massive furloughs, the airlines were reporting record employment.” Furloughs in aviation are nothing new. One of the earliest sequences of layoffs occurred during World War I (1914–1918). At the beginning and during the war, the demand for pilots far exceeded the training capabilities. Production of pilots and aircraft could not happen fast enough. After the war, … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 4 Issue 1 | January 2021

Epic Buzz Newsletter Jan 2021

January special for international students, a look back at 2020, Epic graduate updates, staff news, checkride passes, and more! Happy New Year!A Look Back at 2020 The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new Part 147 aircraft mechanic school on December 16th. This event capped off a year that saw exceptional student achievement and exciting growth at Epic Flight Academy. Early in the year, Epic awarded $100,000 in aircraft mechanic scholarships in anticipation of the program’s launch. Epic also awarded $44,500 in aviation scholarships to high school students during its 5th annual scholarship awards. These were supported by Epic’s annual fishing tournament. Of course, one of our favorite highlights was being the first and only … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 12 | December 2020

Epic Buzz Newsletter Dec 2020

Meet 3 successful Epic flight students and learn their paths to achievement. Also, December specials, Epic in the news, an Open House, and more! Celebrating Student Success As we close out another great year at Epic Flight Academy, we wanted to spotlight three students. Read the latest article from Captain Judy’s Corner to learn how determination, focus, and excellent study skills impacted the flight training of these three students. Meet Yuki Nguyen from Vietnam who completed her PPL, IR, and CMEL in less than 11 months, Chinedu Alikor from Nigeria, who has completed his PPL and IR and is now working on his CSEL, and Hunter McCarthy from the United States, who earned his PPL, IR, CSEL, and CFI in … Read more