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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 present a […]

This Is Your Captain Speaking

This is your Captain speaking… 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. 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 legal document; then understanding weather as an amateur meteorologist; and one of […]

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. […]

Hurricane Preparedness

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,” the second “Baker,” and so on. Repeating names each season became […]

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 […]

Once Upon a Time: Filing a Flight Plan

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. The relative would know the overall anticipated travel arrangements of the visitor that included approximate time of arrival. An overdue arrival would likely cause concern and a call to the visitor from the awaiting relative. The relative only had the information provided by the visitor with no method for tracking progress. A flight plan is much […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 8 | August 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 8 | August 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 8                                                                    August 2019   Scholarship Recipient Ryan Groel Earns CPL   Ryan Groel (left), pictured with FAA Examiner Steven Clegg, was an Epic scholarship recipient in 2017. Just 7 weeks after graduating high school, Ryan passed his CPL checkride. Read about Ryan’s flight training here. MORE EPIC NEWS… -Epic was featured in the news for its expansion of operations during its 20th year of […]

Flexibility is the Key to Safety and Happiness

Flexibility is the Key to Safety… and Happiness     By Captain Judy Rice The Citation was at FL370 (37000’) while a thunderstorm was seen building in the distance. It was amazing to watch and feel this energy from a far distance. The cumulonimbus clouds were building higher than the jet’s altitude. The lightning brightened the darkening sky.   Are thunderstorms really all that dangerous? Thunderstorms are part of summer weather in Florida, as most pilots here know. Thunderstorms are one of nature’s most powerful forces and a weather hazard that are dangerous for all pilots. Flying too close to these powerful beasts can end in disaster. Pilots should understand […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 7 | July 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 7 | July 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 7                                                                    July 2019   Epic Moves DC-7 to Prepare for New Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School   Epic recently relocated its decommissioned DC-7 to make way for expansion. We are breaking ground for our new Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School, which will open in the spring of 2020 if everything continues on schedule. What a great way to celebrate our 20 years […]

Go-Arounds

Go-Arounds? That is the question! By Captain Judy Rice, Epic Ground School Instructor   To Go-Around or not to Go-Around, that is the question. However, there are some questions pilots should ask themselves before making this decision much sooner than the final approach. Safe pilots should ask themselves, “Is the landing checklist complete?” and “Is the approach stabilized?”   A good, safe landing begins before entering the airport environment with continued evaluation throughout the entire phase of landing.   One go-around I recall, after having completed the appropriate landing checklists and while on a stabilized approach, was when a sudden gust of wind lifted my airplane into the air over the […]