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Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 1 | Jan. 2020

Epic Buzz Vol. 3 Issue 1 | Jan. 2020

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 3, Issue 1                                                                    January 2020 Epic Wins Best Workplace for 2019 Epic Flight Academy was acknowledged as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Volusia and Flagler Counties by the Daytona News-Journal for 2019. More than 130 employees comprise Team Epic, and we are very proud of this recognition. What a great way to cap our 20th anniversary year! A snapshot of 2019… 596 passed […]

The Need for Speed

The Need for Speed

Above: Captain Judy Rice stands next to the Citation Mustang in which she broke a world speed record. Captain Judy’s Corner: The Need for Speed Going for a world record! As the Citation approached Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (BGSF), I queried the Air Traffic Controller about their readiness as officiators for my Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), National Aeronautic Association (NAA) World Record Attempt.  The controller responded, “Affirmative.” After landing, two airport officials assured the jet was fueled before giving a friendly wave-off as I taxied to the runway hold lines. We were cleared direct to Reykjavik. In a heavy Danish accent, the air traffic controller remarked, “The clock is ready for your record-breaker, N178SF!” […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 12 | Dec. 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 12 | Dec. 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 12                                                                    December 2019 Your College Degree Awaits Why pay tens of thousands of dollars for a college degree when you can transfer your Epic Flight Academy training for 23 college credits at Daytona State College? You have the option to earn your A.S. degree at DSC as well as your Bachelor’s. Or, you can earn your A.S. and transfer to another college for your […]

Turbulence

Turbulence

Pilots experience different types of turbulence during flight. Understanding turbulence can help you better respond when you face this situation. Captain Judy’s Corner: What is turbulence? What is the definition of turbulence? The definition of turbulence is a sudden, violent shift in airflow. It creates up and down currents caused by irregular atmospheric motion. We were in the clouds, Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), and flying in an area without radar coverage. My first officer (FO) was busy programming the Citation jet’s system with the latitude and longitude coordinates instructed by Bangladesh controllers. I focused on leveling the Citation at FL390 (39,000’). Suddenly the FO pointed upward exclaiming, “Oh my!” I […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 11 | Nov. 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 11 | Nov. 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy!   Volume 2, Issue 11                                                                    November 2019   Sponsors Supported $27,500 in 2019 Epic Scholarship Awards Congratulations to our 4th Annual Epic Flight Academy Aviation Scholarship winners! New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen presented a $20,000 scholarship to Trace Martinson from St. Augustine, FL (pictured above) and a $5,000 scholarship to Bronwyn Rees (in absentia) from Rockledge, FL. We received 22 applications from 8 states. We were also thrilled to […]

This Is Your Captain Speaking

This Is Your Captain Speaking

This is your Captain speaking… Captain Judy’s Corner: The Importance of Understanding the Ignition System You have envisioned sitting in the left seat announcing to the passengers, “This is your Captain speaking, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.” Awaking from your dream, you look over at the mounds of study material open on the desk. What do I need to know to become a pilot? Nothing as an Earthling prepares a student for the amount of what seems like alien knowledge and skills required to become a pilot. A few examples of this knowledge required to earn a certificate are the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) comparable to studying a […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 10 | Oct. 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 10 | Oct. 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 10                                                                    October 2019 Scholarship Awards: Saturday, October 26th Our 4th Annual Epic Flight Academy Aviation Scholarship event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen will present a $20,000 scholarship and a $5,000 scholarship to our winners. This scholarship is open to U.S. high school juniors and seniors who have until Oct. 11 to […]

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

10-Year Hurricane Track (2005-2015) Source: National Geographic Captain Judy’s Corner: Hurricanes – What’s in a name? Did you know that “Huracan” was the god of big winds and evil spirits worshiped by the Maya people of Central America? While people have been naming major storms for hundreds of years, meteorologist first named hurricanes by the latitude and longitude coordinates where the storm was located. This system of tracking was confusing to people seeking hurricane information. In the early 1950s, the U.S. National Hurricane Center started the process by naming storms according to a phonetic alphabet, such as: Able, Baker, Charlie. The first hurricane of each season was always named “Able,” […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 9 | September 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 9 | September 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 9                                                                    September 2019 Epic Alumnus Makes Historic Flight We received a fascinating update from former Epic student Ben Smith. Unlike most of our students, flying is a hobby for Ben, not a career. For fun he flies “Placid Lassie,” the C-47 that was based here at EVB last year. This past summer, Ben led 15 C-47s/DC-3s across the Atlantic as the D-Day Squadron flying […]

Once Upon a Time: Filing a Flight Plan

Once Upon a Time: Filing a Flight Plan

Captain Judy Rice found the ICAO International Flight Plan form beneficial during her world flight. Captain Judy’s Corner: Once Upon a Time… Filing a Flight Plan This fairy tale began long before the FAA announcement for change to the form used by United States pilots when filing a flight plan. The purpose of a flight plan might be compared to going on a long drive to visit a relative. You let your relative know the overall anticipated travel arrangements, and you include approximate time of arrival. An overdue arrival would likely cause concern, and your relative will likely call you to make sure you’re alright. A flight plan is much […]