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Ready for Attitude Flying?

Ready for Attitude Flying?

Captain Judy’s Corner: Avoid Hazardous Attitudes Human Error: Airbus A320 destroyed, overran the runway, 4 deaths and 81 injured. Is it important to verify checkpoints? I knew myself fairly well when I started flying lessons at age 40. Or so I thought. The long solo cross-country was when I discovered what I did not know. During that flight, I had not properly timed or verified checkpoints resulting in becoming completely off course. My drive home from this particular flight provided reflection on how to be a better pilot. I’d replayed each skill set. I flew the airplane well and used the checklist regularly but was consistently lost. What surprised me […]

Epic Buzz | Vol. 2 Issue 4 | April 2019

Epic Buzz | Vol. 2 Issue 4 | April 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 4                                                                    April 2019 Student Success Spotlight Both from Korea, Jin Ho Choi (L) and Cheolhong Lee (R), became friends during their pilot training here at Epic. These hard working flight students have just completed their Commercial Pilot training, and they have some good advice for new students wanting to complete their training as quickly as possible: “Fly backseat on each other’s flights as much as possible to […]

Aeromedical Part 2: Hypoxia

Aeromedical Part 2: Hypoxia

Captain Judy Rice and Navigator Fred by their Cirrus SR22T during the National Tour Captain Judy’s Corner: Aeromedical Part 2 – Hypoxia “Are my lips blue…?” The Cirrus SR22T effortlessly reached the altitude of 8,500 MSL. The turbocharged airplane had a built-in oxygen system for higher altitudes. The maximum altitudes along our 3-month national tour would not exceed 10,000 MSL. It seemed unlikely we would be using the Cirrus oxygen system according to oxygen requirements when flying 12,500 MSL for over 30 minutes as stated in FAR 91.211. We had reached our crossing altitude before approaching the Arizona mountain ridges. I focused on clearing the ridges with ample altitude if […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 3 Mar. 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 3 Mar. 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 3                                                                    March 2019 Success! Stephen Salim is an Epic student from Indonesia who completed his flight training in amazing time. He started his Private Ground School on August 13, 2018 and completed his CMEL on February 20, 2019! That’s just 6 months from zero experience to CMEL! When asked how he was able to accomplish such a feat, Stephen said, “Study 6 to 8 hours a […]

Aeromedical Part 1: Motion Sickness

Aeromedical Part 1: Motion Sickness

Captain Judy’s Corner: Aeromedical Part 1 – Motion Sickness “I alerted my aerobatic instructor…” My earliest memory of riding in a car was leaning out the window for fresh air and positioning my head carefully into a brown paper bag while my stomach was churning. My parents reassured that eventually I would outgrow these queasy moments. At a very young age, I learned to avoid looking down, such as looking at picture books, if I were inside a moving vehicle. I also always had water, sat next to a window, and if all of these precautions did not work, then the brown paper bag was nearby. Can flying a plane […]

Technology and Problem-Solving

Technology and Problem-Solving

Madrid, Spain: Captain Judy Rice with Madrid students Captain Judy’s Corner: Technology and Problem-Solving “Our fuel stop was forecasting ceilings (clouds) at the lowest landing minimums and a slow moving line of thunderstorms…” My crew met me in the lobby for a quick cup of coffee before checking weather and then pre-flighting the Citation. We had our flight plan on file from our departure: Regina, Canada (CYQR) to Churchill, Canada (CYYQ) for a fuel stop, and then to Iqaluit, Canada (CYFB). This would be our final destination on our second night of this world flight voyage. Our fuel stop was forecasting ceilings (clouds) at the lowest landing minimums. There was […]

What is IACRA?

What is IACRA?

IACRA – Everything You Need to Know What is IACRA, and why is it important to pilots? Epic Flight Academy graduates Gabriel Romero and Bryan Herrera Valencia are flying jets for the airlines! Where will your airman certification take you? IACRA stands for: Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in in charge of pilot license applications and oversees the process. This is to make sure pilots meet all requirements. It is a web-based system where pilots can apply, monitor, and obtain their certifications and ratings. Pilot training is more than flying. Pilots also have to learn the rules, regulations, and procedures that govern flight and […]

The Importance of Visas

The Importance of Visas

Captain Judy’s Corner: The Importance of Visas for Pilots Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Khalid, Prince Sultan’s special guide with Captain Judy Rice during her round-the-world flight “I did what I could, and it’s out of my control…” I’d been asleep about two hours before being awakened by the call. We had a long day and an early departure in the morning for Saudi Arabia. “I did what he could, and it’s out of my control,” said the heavily accented voice on the other end of the call. Our landing permit was denied due to a visa issue, according to our caller. What happens when you don’t have a visa? The Saudi […]