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

How to Study

How to Study to Become a Pilot

Recipe for Success: How to Study to Become a Pilot Coordinating my hands and feet while manipulating the flight controls, rudder pedals, and at the same time focusing on flying the airplane was a big challenge. Forty years of life experiences had not prepared me for the intense focus and dexterity required while learning to fly.  My first training airplane was a tired Cessna 150 with basic analog instruments. In fact, we navigated with a magnetic compass and heading indicator. The communication radio was an old tube-style with a hand-held microphone. Headsets were not an option. The instructor had to yell guidance over the loud engine noise.  Math was not my strength. Cross-country flying was a nightmare. I was alway … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 11 | November 2020

Epic Buzz Newsletter Nov 2020

Our first class of aircraft mechanics began training, and we awarded $44,500 in scholarships! First Class of Aircraft Mechanics We are proud to welcome our inaugural class of Aircraft Mechanic students. They began training in October and are well on their way. Thanks to all who joined us for our Open House last month. What a great kick-off! The special tuition rate is in effect through Dec. 31, 2020. Are you ready to enroll? Our next class begins February 15, 2021. We hope to see you there! November Specials Are you ready to earn your Instrument Rating? During the month of November, new students will receive a $2,500 tuition discount. Enroll by November 30th to take advantage of this special. … Read more

Flying in Fog

Flying in Different Types of Fog

Foggy Facts “Caution, Sea Smoke approaching Ormond Beach.”  Lifting my view limiting device while on a practice instrument approach at Dayton Beach (KDAB), a solid wall of white clouds rolled over the ocean toward my home airport at KOMN. I immediately canceled my practice instrument approach with KDAB approach requesting direct to KOMN.  Fog is the most frequent cause of reduced surface visibility and is a persistent weather hazard. The speed with which fog can form makes it especially hazardous. In a matter of minutes, visibility can drop from Visual Flight Rules (VFR) to less than a mile. Fog can also reduce visibilities below Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) minimum approach requirements. Fog is composed of either water vapor or ice crystals. A … Read more