Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 8 | August 2022

Epic Buzz Newsletter August-2022

Epic staff attends EAA AirVenture, student accomplishments, specials, first time passes, and more! Volume 5, Issue 8 | August 2022 Epic Team Attends EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Why are these guys smiling? Because they’re representing Epic at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. L-R: Tyren Wilson, Mike Thompson, and Brock Rees made the rounds to visit with our aviation partners, alumni, and future students. If you’ve never been to Oshkosh, mark your calendar for next year! There’s nothing like it. New Flight Students Welcome to our newest class of Epic pilots! These flight students arrived last month and are already making great strides in their flight training. Epic trains pilots from all around the U.S. and more than 80 countries. We’d love to welcome … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 7 | July 2022

Epic Buzz July 2022

Epic partners with Breeze Airways, visits from Air Wisconsin and Silver Airways, aircraft mechanic milestones, and much more! Volume 5, Issue 7 | July 2022 Meet Our Newest Partner: Breeze Airways Epic is proud to announce a new partnership with Breeze Airways. The agreement gives Epic pilots a hiring advantage. Qualified pilots will be invited to interview at 500 hours and secure a conditional job offer while building time toward the FAA minimum.  Joel Mitchell from Breeze Airways, said, “Breeze is proud to partner with Epic Flight Academy through our Breeze Embark Program. Epic does a fantastic job developing future aviation professionals. We are thrilled to have their help with our rapidly growing airline. Breeze offers an exceptional destination for aviators to fly nice … Read more

NOTAMs

Decoding NOTAMs

Decoding NOTAMs: Hanoi to Hong Kong Captain Judy’s Corner The Citation jet was ready for departure at Hanoi, Vietnam (VVNB) with a destination Hong Kong (VHHH). Weather was agreeable along our entire route. The NOTAMs were an issue. Acquiring the most current weather and NOTAMs can be challenging when flying international. For example, each country will have a different responsible agency to contact for this information. Once the pilot locates the agency, they must often pay a fee and apply for ramp access to the facility. Airlines provide this information to the crew. General aviation pilots can pre-purchase this information through a commercial contractor or locate the agency on their own. During our 2015 World Flight, we pre-purchased these services. … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 6 | June 2022

June 2022 Buzz Newsletter

Epic and Republic announce new program, new students arrive, Air Wisconsin event, alumni news, first time passes, and more… Volume 5, Issue 6 | June 2022 Republic Airways Program Representatives from Republic Airways visited campus recently to speak to Epic pilots about the new Republic Airways and Epic Flight Academy Career Pipeline Interview Program. Republic Airways Campus Recruiter Bradley Murphy said, “We’re thrilled to establish this partnership with Epic Flight Academy to hire their best to become Republic Airways Pilots, Cadets and Ambassadors. We’re proud to see Epic alumni enter our flight decks, and this partnership will allow that pipeline to grow over the years to come.”  The program provides an opportunity for Epic pilots to become candidates for pilot positions during … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 5 | May 2022

Epic Buzz May 2022

Epic Ocala facility opens, United visits Epic, NASA event, staff and alumni news, first time passes, and more Volume 5, Issue 5 | May 2022 Epic Cuts Ribbon in Ocala It’s official! On Saturday, April 23rd, the Ocala Metro Chamber and Economic Partnership joined Epic staff to cut the ribbon and officially open our newest location. The new flight school is at the Ocala International Airport. We welcomed members of the public to our Open House, and several people enjoyed seeing Ocala from the air as they took Discovery Flights with Epic pilots. We appreciate the warm welcome from our new friends in Ocala and look forward to training many pilots there.  Aircraft Mechanic Students We only have a few seats left … Read more

PIREPs

Cross-Country Adventure PIREPs

Captain Judy’s Corner: Cross-Country Adventure with PIREPs Sunrise brings the promise of perfect flying weather! Today is a satisfying day to apply your knowledge to practice with the long solo cross-country. Therefore, your private pilot check ride prep will follow.  You arrive at Epic Flight Academy obtaining a final review on weather before departure. There are ample computers in the flight planning area connected to Aviation Weather. The METeorogical Aerodrome Report (METAR), Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF), graphic weather, radar and satellite imaging, prognostic charts all indicate departure, enroute weather, and destination are visual flight rules (VFR). There are currently no pilot reports, also called PIREPs, along your route. A call to 800-WX-BRIEF Flight Service Station (FSS) briefer verified the VFR online … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 4 | April 2022

Epic Buzz Newsletter April 2022

Polk State College Partners with Epic Aircraft Mechanic Program Polk State College has signed an articulation agreement with Epic that allows graduates from Epic’s Aircraft Mechanic Program to transfer their A&P certificate for 30 credit hours toward an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance Administration. Eric Crump, Aerospace Program Director at Polk State College said, “Polk State College is proud to partner with Epic Flight Academy to help address the critical need for qualified aviation maintenance technicians. Together, we can provide our graduates with the skills they need to be successful throughout their career journey.” We invite you to check out our FAA-certified Part 147 aircraft mechanic school. Training lasts just 19 months, and we have many aviation hiring partners, including FEAM. The aircraft … Read more

FAA Medical Deferral

Appealing an FAA Medical Deferral

Captain Judy’s Corner: One Flight Student’s Recipe for Success in Dealing with an FAA Medical Deferral This month, Captain Judy Rice spotlights Epic flight student Bryce Dawson‘s recipe for success in navigating challenges with his FAA medical deferral. Captain Judy interviewed Bryce for this inspirational article about one student’s journey to become a pilot. Combine the following ingredients and adjust for best results: Determination Patience Supportive friends and family Highest quality flight training facility Background December 23,1997, Paul Dawson, risk insurance agent, and Paula Dawson, public school teacher, welcomed their firstborn and named him Bryce. Brother Connor came along 23 months later.  The Dawsons raised their children with their same high standards for work ethic, determination, and professionalism. The children knew only … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 3 | March 2022

Feb 2022 Buzz Newsletter

Epic takes deliver of a new Cessna, hosts airline seminars, awards scholarships, and more. Volume 5, Issue 3 | March 2022 Epic Takes Delivery of New Cessna Epic Flight Academy purchases all training aircraft new from the factory. Students and staff turned out to welcome the newest addition to the Epic fleet, a Cessna Skyhawk 172S Nav III. We flew this in directly from the Cessna/Textron factory in Kansas. Epic’s maintenance department has since painted the tail red to match the rest of the fleet. The red tails make the aircraft more visible, which is an added safety feature. Check Flight School Eligibility! Career Seminars Epic hosted three Career Seminars with representatives from Air Wisconsin, GoJet Airlines, and Republic Airways. Pilots and … Read more

Airspace Classes: Captain Judy’s Corner

Airspace Classes and Special Use

Part 1: Security Clearances We filed the Citation jet’s route departing from Yerevan, Armenia (UDYZ) to Tel Aviv, Israel (LLBG). During our pre-briefing, ATC shared we would receive more information once airborne. In other words, we expected an assigned, mandatory security stop before being allowed into Israel airspace. How are aircraft cleared for security before landing in Israel? Israel assigns all aircraft a security landing airport before entry into their airspace. This is required. We were to land and provide proof of information for our aircraft, crew, and passengers. After that, they would provide a special security code. This code was specific to our aircraft. Therefore, it must be included when radioing Israeli air traffic control at the time of our requesting … Read more