Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 2 | February 2023

Epic Buzz February 2023

Volume 6, Issue 2 | February 2023 Ribbon-Cutting at Tallahassee a Success January was a busy month, which included the launch of our third flight school. Members of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce welcomed Epic Flight Academy with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 14th at Tallahassee International Airport. The event was well attended, and CommuteAir even flew in an ERJ-145 jet for folks to tour. More than 60 people signed up for discovery flights. WTXL Meteorologist Elizabeth Copeland flew with Brock Rees, Director of Satellite Operations, earlier in the week and then broadcast live from Epic the day before the event. Our third location is officially open, and flight student Cody Harrison flew the first solo flight for Epic Tallahassee! … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 6 Issue 1 | January 2023

Epic Buzz Newsletter January 2023

Volume 6, Issue 1 | January 2023 Ribbon-Cutting at Tallahassee Location We’re starting the new year with a Grand Opening of our newest flight training facility at the Tallahassee International Airport on Saturday, Jan. 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. We invite you to join us to learn more about our Tallahassee operations. What better way to get your questions answered than to visit us on site, meet the staff, and view our classrooms and fleet? CommuteAir will join us in Tallahassee and display their Embraer ERJ-145 jet. We will also have food and free discovery flights! Aircraft Mechanic Open House We’re also hosting an Open House at our FAA Part 147 Aircraft Mechanic training facility in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 12 | December 2022

Epic Buzz Newsletter December 2022

Volume 5, Issue 12 | December 2022 Epic Awards $70,000 in Aviation Scholarships Scholarship winners and presenters (L-R): Landon Bosco, Epic Founder and CEO Danny Perna, Aaron Perez, New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen, and Austin White (Not pictured: Ethan Harpending and Roland Ireland) Congratulations to our 2022 aviation scholarship winners! We received dozens of applications from 13 states. Aaron Perez and Ethan Harpending each won $20,000 for aircraft mechanic training; Austin White won $20,000 for flight training; and Landon Bosco and Roland Ireland each won $5,000 for flight training. A special thank you to Piedmont Airlines for funding a $5,000 scholarship this year!  First Female Aircraft Mechanic Graduate We are so proud to congratulate Holly Ledesma, our first female A&P … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 11 | November 2022

Epic Buzz Newsletter November 2022

Volume 5, Issue 11 | November 2022 NBAA Honors Epic COO Josh Rawlins It’s not every day that an Epic employee receives national recognition, but where Josh Rawlins is concerned, it should be. The National Business Aviation Association recognized Josh as the 2022 Business Aviation Top 40 Under 40 Award Recipient in the Maintenance category. Josh is a legend at Epic. Hired when still a teenager, he began his career at Epic sweeping hangars and doing whatever was needed. He soon apprenticed as an A&P mechanic, launching him on a path of distinction. Today, Josh serves as Epic’s COO and Director of the Aircraft Mechanic Program. We celebrate his achievements and are grateful for his dedication to Epic students. We congratulate … Read more

Epic and WINGS

Epic and EZ-Wings

Captain Judy’s Corner: Flight Training Safety Factors Is flight training safe? Many factors impact the answer to this question. Epic and WINGS are synonymous with safety. The Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 91.3 states clearly it is the responsibility and authority of the pilot in command. (a) The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the operation of that aircraft. The pilot is responsible for the safety of flight. Student pilots with limited experience sometimes are unsure on where to begin this safety process, especially when choosing a flight school. A few considerations to determine if a school meets a high safety standard.  Epic’s Safety Culture Epic Flight Academy is a model for a WINGS school with regard to … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 10 | October 2022

Epic Buzz Newsletter Oct 2022

Volume 5, Issue 10 | October 2022 Orlando Sentinel Recognizes Epic as Top Workplace The Orlando Sentinel newspaper recognized Epic Flight Academy as a Top Workplace on Friday, September 16th at an awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida. Epic was recognized in the “Small Employer Group.” Founder and CEO Danny Perna said, “When we started in 1999, we never imagined the company would grow to multiple locations and more than 100 employees, but we’ve always been fortunate to hire great people. For our staff to weigh in on what it means to work at Epic meant so much. We value their feedback and hope to continue making Epic a great place to work.” Aircraft Mechanic Students Graduate as New Class Begins Congratulations to … Read more

Epic Buzz Vol. 5 Issue 9 | September 2022

Epic Buzz Newsletter Sept 2022

Volume 5, Issue 9 | September 2022 First Graduating Class of Aircraft Mechanics On July 28, 2022, the graduating class of seven aircraft mechanic students celebrated months of hard work in a graduation ceremony at the school after completing all coursework. They are: (L-R) Luke Hartpence, Damon Vallas, Michael Azarian, Chris Gavigan, Artem Ukolov, Aiden Skau, and Scott Cavato. Epic’s FAA Part 147 school launched during the outset of the pandemic, creating initial challenges. However, the first class pressed on to become FAA-certified A&P mechanics. Best of all, each of these freshly minted AMTs received job offers immediately upon graduation. Congratulations! International Aircraft Mechanic Students In other Part 147 news, the Department of State has authorized Epic to issue M1 visas for … Read more

Red Tails

Epic Red Tail Project

Captain Judy’s Corner: Epic’s Red Tail Project Safety First “Aircraft on final for runway 9, winds favor runway 27. Red Grumman departing runway 27.”  Over 25 years ago, and I still vividly recall the departure at this Class G, uncontrolled airport. The incoming white aircraft never acknowledged my radio call.  Every year, runway incursions, traffic conflicts, mid-air collisions, and near misses occur. The FAA FAST Team reports an average of 30 mid-air collisions in the United States each year. Mid-air collisions are generally reported below 8,000 feet AGL, within 30 miles of an airport, and involving aircraft with communication equipment.  Radios are not required equipment in Class E, Class G, or at uncontrolled airports. The FAA advises playing it safe … Read more

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

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