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

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 10 | October 2020

Epic Buzz Newsletter Oct 2020

Epic Buzz October 2020: International students can save $7,250 in October. Epic is first in the world with new flight training device. $7,250 Savings for International Students During the month of October, international flight students will save an additional $7,250 on the cost of flight training. If you are an international student who wants to attend Epic Flight Academy, contact us by Oct. 31 to take advantage of this special offer. Check Flight School Eligibility! Would you like to “sit in” on a Ground School class? Our instructors are covering two important topics in this month’s free online training demos: Emergency Scenarios (Oct. 7) and Weather (Oct. 21). Remembering John Bryan The Epic family mourns the loss of flight instructor … Read more

Approach

Flight Approaches

Approach Captain Judy’s Corner: Technological Historical Approach Looking from the Citation jet cockpit, Charles de Gaulle international airport (CDG) was off our right wingtip. The city of Paris was off our left wing. La Bourget airport (LFPB) was directly ahead. The stunning view took our breath away. We anticipated stepping back in time as we approached this famous airport. La Bourget conjured up images of 1927 with a lanky, tasseled-haired Charles Lindberg climbing down from his gray monoplane having just completed his historic nonstop flight from New York City to Paris. We were about to make a technological historic approach. Coming into Paris As we approached LFPB, we could have been on any instrument landing system (ILS) in the world with exceptions based … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 9 | September 2020

Epic Buzz Sept 2020 Newsletter

Transfer student discounts up to $4000, 2 new aircraft mechanic partners, 7 new flight instructors, and much more… Transfer Special – Up to $4000 in Credits Have you been doing your pilot training elsewhere but thinking about transferring to Epic? September is the perfect time! Domestic and International transfer students who pay their application fees by September 30, 2020 and enroll and start in 2020 are eligible to receive transfer credits of $1,250 to $4,000. These credits are paid at the beginning of the Commercial course or the mid-point of the course if only one course is taken. The credits are earned for full courses. Partial course credits will be earned on a pro rata basis. For our full course … Read more

Pilots Mechanics

Pilots as A&P Mechanics

Pilots as Mechanics: Should You Become Both? Becoming an aircraft mechanic is a rewarding career. So is becoming a pilot. So, why would anyone go to the trouble of becoming both? After all, you’ll likely choose one or the other for a career. There are many good reasons why people choose to train in both fields. For example, a professional pilot who has become trained as an aircraft mechanic is more likely to notice if something seems ‘off’ during flight. Just as an auto mechanic would notice a problem while driving, an A&P would notice a problem with flying. Likewise, a professional mechanic who is also a pilot knows exactly how the controls should feel or how the engine should … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 8 | August 2020

August 2020 Buzz Newsletter

2 Planes, 6 New Partners, & 40 New Students! New Planes, Partners, and Students What a month we had in July! We welcomed 40 new students to Epic, took delivery of two brand new Cessna 172s for our continually growing fleet, and welcomed new partners to our Aircraft Mechanic Program. Aerotek, American Aero Services, Ascent Aviation Services, Baker Aviation, Southern Airways Express, and STS Aviation Group have signed letters of agreement to offer interviews to graduates of Epic’s aircraft mechanic program. We are grateful to our dedicated staff, students, and partners who are devoted to developing careers in aviation.  Online Training Demos in August Would you like to “sit in” on a Ground School class? We offer free Online Flight Training Demos … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 7 | July 2020

Buzz Newsletter July 2020

The summer months are a great time to learn to fly! What are you waiting for? Flight training at Epic has never been better! We offer online ground school and accelerated training to help you fast-track your airline pilot career. Our certified flight instructors are highly qualified to help you achieve your professional pilot dreams! Training in Florida means training in beautiful weather. So, what are you waiting for? Come to Epic! Free Virtual School Demo Dates Our free Online Demo Courses are back by popular demand. Here is your opportunity to see what Online Ground School is like. You can ask questions and learn all about Epic Flight Academy. There are two upcoming demo courses on July 8 and … Read more

Aeronautical Decision-making

Aeronautical Decision-Making at Epic

Captain Judy’s Corner Early in 2020, our lives changed when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Governors and state agencies issued emergency orders for the temporary closures of businesses and organizations in an effort to reduce the spread of this virus. All segments of the aviation industry have felt the impact. Transportation was listed as one of the l0 essential services permitted to continue operations, which included flight training. The principles of aeronautical decision-making can be applied to this and other situations. Epic Flight Academy took immediate and proactive action to ensure all operations continued without interruption. Epic leadership went beyond the recommended advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control. (Note: The photo above was taken prior to … Read more