Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 11 | November 2023

Epic Buzz Newsletter November 2023

Volume 6, Issue 11 | November 2023 Grand Opening at New Tucson, Arizona Flight School Epic hosted a grand opening at its third satellite flight school location at the Tucson International Airport on Oct. 27, 2023. The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce joined Epic staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and CommuteAir pilots brought in an Embraer ERJ-145 jet for the occasion. The press and public turned out for discovery flights, food and fun. Sending a special shoutout to Brock Rees, Director of Satellite Operations (center, green shirt, between Danny and Amy Perna) for his leadership and hard work in establishing our newest location, and thanks to our neighbors, Million Air Tucson, for their warm hospitality. New Flight Students Welcome to the flight students who … Read more

How to Become a Commercial Pilot in 2023: The 7-Step Guide

How to Become a Commercial Pilot

Is your head in the clouds? If you’ve always wondered how to become a pilot, this guide is for you. Perhaps you’ve thought about this as a hobby, but becoming a commercial pilot is actually a great career choice. In fact, it might help to first understand exactly what defines a commercial pilot. Simply put, a commercial pilot is someone who has been approved by the FAA to charge for pilot services. So, what you might think of as a hobby has the potential to become a career. What types of commercial pilots are there? While most people immediately think of commercial airline pilots flying passengers, the most common example of a commercial pilot, there are other possible careers in … Read more

Understanding Airspace Classes: A Comprehensive Guide

Airspace Classes and Special Use

So, what exactly is airspace? The FAA identifies two categories of airspace: regulatory and non-regulatory. Within these, all airspace is either controlled, uncontrolled, special use, or other. Pilots must be aware of the various types of airspace to ensure safe flight. For example, to enter some airspace, government agencies require you to have a security clearance. However, it’s not that simple! Pilots should check NOTAMs for changes regarding access to airspaces. For example, when the President of the United States is flying, airspace becomes restricted. Pilots must recognize the various types of airspace. Here, Captain Judy Rice shares her experiences from her world flight with various types of airspace and issues that can arise. Topics at a Glance: Part 1: … Read more

Airline Pilot Salary: Comprehensive Breakdown & Industry Comparison

Commercial Airline Pilot Salary

Epic Flight Academy students put in a lot of effort to become airline pilots. They make connections while at flight school that will stay with them throughout their careers. But the real question is… how much will they earn? How much is an airline pilot’s salary? Pilot pay varies for many reasons, such as the airline and years of service, with the average salary over $200,000 in 2023. People choose an airline pilot career for a variety of reasons, first and foremost being their love of flying. However, with the growing demand for commercial airline pilots worldwide, airline pilots’ salaries are an excellent reason to consider an aviation career. Have you have been thinking about becoming a pilot, but you’re … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 10 | October 2023

Epic Buzz Newsletter September 2023

Vol. 6, Issue 10 Orlando Sentinel Names Epic Flight Academy a “Top Workplace” For the second year in a row, the Orlando Sentinel named Epic a “Top Workplace” in Central Florida. We are especially proud of this recognition, because it is based on private surveys completed by our staff. Several staff members (pictured) attended a special luncheon to receive the award. Back row, L-R: Alex Kish, Marylou Preston, Selena Davis, and Andrew Leonard. Front row, L-R: Robyn Vivona, Stephanie Babian, Jessica Young, and Shiang Lu. Thank you to every Epic team member for all you do to support our students! We are a Top Workplace because we have a Top Team! Congratulations to all!  New Flight Students New pilot orientation … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 9 | September 2023

Epic Buzz September 2023

Volume 6, Issue 9 | September 2023 Epic Establishes Flight School at Tucson International Airport We’re excited to announce the opening of another Epic flight school satellite location, this time in Tucson, Arizona. We are tentatively planning an Open House on October 27th. Watch for details in next month’s Buzz! New Flight Students We wish a warm welcome to our newest class of 35 flight students! Pictured here during orientation in August, they are now fully engaged in flight training and doing great! CVG Airport Construction Update Our new Aircraft Mechanic training facility at CVG Airport is really coming along! Students have already started enrolling for our spring 2024 classes. Check your eligibility and reserve your seat now! Pratt & Whitney representatives … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 8 | August 2023

Epic Buzz Newsletter August 2023

Volume 6, Issue 8 | August 2023 Epic is on the Road Again We’re on the road! Epic representatives attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023 where they made new friends and enjoyed reunions with others. Pictured L-R: Don Bangs (Delta); Ray Altmann (Epic), Cris Gammill (Delta), Mike Thompson (Epic), and David Jamison (Frontier) who used to work at Epic. Later this month, we’ll be in Brazil! Join us at the Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in LaBace Aug. 8-10 and MRO Brazil 2023 Aug. 30-31. New Flight Students Welcome to our newest class of flight students! They arrived in July and are well underway in their training already. Watch for updates as they earn their ratings! CVG Airport Construction Update The … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 7 | July 2023

Epic Buzz Newsletter July 2023

Volume 6, Issue 7 | July 2023 Construction Update at CVG Airport We’re making progress on our new location! Founder and CEO Danny Perna and his wife Amy (below) visited the construction site of the new Aircraft Mechanic training facility at CVG Airport a few days ago. Construction is going well and on schedule. We expect to hold our first classes there in early 2024 in partnership with FEAM Aero.  If you’re ready to train as an aircraft mechanic, our next class begins Sept. 25 at our New Smyrna Beach, FL campus. You can prequalify in minutes. Graduates, current students, and staff can earn $1,000 through our referral program for the aircraft mechanic program. We invite you to share this excellent program with others! New Flight … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 6 | June 2023

Epic Buzz Newsletter June 2023

Volume 6, Issue 6 | June 2023 Aircraft Mechanics on the Move Congratulations to our May 2023 aircraft mechanic graduates! They have completed Epic’s 19-month Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Program. Epic COO & Director of the Aircraft Mechanic Program Josh Rawlins presented certificates to each graduate. These students worked incredibly hard, and we wish them all the best in their exciting new careers! They can even transfer their A&P training to Polk State College for 30 credit hours toward an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance Administration.  We were also happy to welcome a new class of aircraft mechanic students to campus (below). If you’re ready to train as an aircraft mechanic, our next class begins Sept. 25. You can prequalify in minutes. … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 5 | May 2023

Epic Buzz Newsletter May 2023

Volume 6, Issue 5 | May 2023 Groundbreaking Ceremony in Kentucky The sky was overcast, but the gold shovels glinted and hard hat-wearing Epic staff members grinned during the groundbreaking at CVG. In a partnership with FEAM Aero, Epic broke ground at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport last month for the construction of a new aircraft mechanic school. The building will have 32,290 square feet of space and 278 parking spaces. We expect to enroll our first class in spring 2024 and are already accepting applications. Pictured L-R: Josh Rawlins, Keith Bateman, Danny Perna, Tanya Catalo, and Jon Luck. This artist rendering shows the exterior and parking area of the new aircraft mechanic training facility. The hangar will have direct access … Read more

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