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

VFR Pilot Rating vs IFR Pilot Rating

Differences between VFR and IFR

What is the difference between VFR and IFR pilot ratings? The short answer is: VFR pilots can only fly in good visibility. IFR pilots can fly when visibility is poor. What do the terms “VFR” and “IFR” mean? The acronyms VFR and IFR stand for different types of FAA pilot certifications. VFR stands for “Visual Flight Rules.” This means that a VFR-rated pilot must follow specific guidelines when flying using visual references. A pilot holding a Private Pilot License (PPL) must fly in VFR conditions. IFR stands for “Instrument Flight Rules” and allows a pilot who is Instrument Rated (IR) to operate an aircraft by relying almost solely on instruments. Once a pilot holds a PPL, the next step is to … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 4 | April 2023

April 2023 Buzz Newsletter

New planes, new mechanic school, and so many epic adventures! Volume 6, Issue 4 | April 2023 Epic Orders 15 New Cessna Skyhawks Textron Aviation announced our agreement at the 2023 Sun n’ Fun Aerospace Expo to purchase 15 new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft. As a Cessna Pilot Center, we purchase brand new Skyhawks exclusively for single-engine training. Since 2016, we have purchased 43 Skyhawks from the Cessna factory and are looking forward to expanding our fleet. Groundbreaking at CVG Epic Flight Academy and FEAM Aero are joining forces to build a new aircraft mechanic training facility at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Our official groundbreaking ceremony will take place on April 17, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. We expect the … Read more

My Personal Top Workplace: An Epic Career

Captain Judy Top Workplace Epic Career

Captain Judy’s Corner Epic Flight Academy is widely recognized for developing the highest quality and standards to serve students, staff, and the community. Two recognitions include Top Workplace Awards from the Orlando Sentinel and the Daytona News-Journal. I concur. Epic Flight Academy has been a top workplace for me. In 2017 when I was seeking employment at a flight school, Epic Flight Academy stood out among all other schools. My tour of the campus, inspection of the airplanes, and conversations with students and staff confirmed Epic Flight Academy was the quality of flight school I was seeking. My employment at Epic led to many friendships and respect for my colleagues. As I retired from Epic and reflected on my time … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 3 | March 2023

Epic Buzz Newsletter March 2023

Captain Judy Rice Library On Feb. 3rd, we celebrated Captain Judy Rice at her Epic retirement party. Captain Judy taught Ground School at Epic since 2017 and impacted many lives throughout her aviation career. She has generously shared her knowledge through teaching and articles (Captain Judy’s Corner), so we honored her immeasurable contributions to Epic students by naming our library in her honor. We love you, Captain Judy! Pictured planting kisses are Ray Altmann (L) and Mike Thompson (R). You’re invited to an Open House for our FAA Part 147 Aircraft Mechanic training facility in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Meet staff, tour the school, talk to current students, and enjoy some grilled hot dogs … Read more

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