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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, 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 […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 6 | June 2019

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 6 | June 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 6                                                                    June 2019 Epic Hosts Pilot Career Seminars   Epic recently hosted a Pilot Career Seminar with Piedmont Airlines and has several more seminars planned with PSA Airlines on June 6th, Trans States Airlines on June 27th, and ExpressJet Airlines on July 18th. We regularly host Pilot Career Seminars so our students and CFIs can learn about career opportunities. See all events online. We invite you to join […]

Density Altitude

Density Altitude After all, airplanes do not feel. Or, do they? The cockpit felt like a sauna in the Arizona heat. Not only was I enduring the summer heat, but so was the airplane. How might an airplane suffer from heat? After all, airplanes do not feel? Or do they? Flying on a cool Florida morning or evening, you will notice ample runway remaining before lift-off and how eager the airplane climbs. Fly on a hot, muggy afternoon, and the runway remaining before lift-off will be far less. The airplane would climb much slower, as well. Temperature, pressure, and moisture (dewpoint) in the air affects our airplanes’ performance: an increase […]

Epic Buzz | Vol. 2 Issue 5 | May 2019

Epic Buzz | Vol. 2 Issue 5 | May 2019

Catch up on the latest happenings at Epic Flight Academy! Volume 2, Issue 5                                                                    May 2019   Air Wisconsin Visits Epic Representatives from Air Wisconsin Airlines visited Epic Flight Academy on April 18th to discuss hiring opportunities. Pilot Recruiter Enrique answered questions about joining the Air Wisconsin team. New hire First Officers are eligible for up to $57,000 in bonuses and enjoy some of the best benefits in the regional industry. Air Wisconsin also has part-time positions for pilots still building […]

Ready for Attitude Flying?

Ready for Attitude Flying? 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 was how many times I said to myself, “That check point is only slightly off course.” I then recalled reading something […]

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 […]

Aeromedical Part 2: Hypoxia

Aeromedical Part 2: Hypoxia “Are my lips blue…?” The Cirrus SR22T effortless reached the altitude of 8,500 MSL. The airplane was turbocharged and 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 was not likely 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. My focus was on clearing the ridges with ample altitude if encountering turbulence. We were safely on the leeward side of the ridge when I […]

Airline Pilot Salary

How Much Is An Airline Pilot’s Salary?     People choose an airline pilot career for a variety of reasons, first and foremost being their love of flying and sense of adventure while seeing the world. However, with the growing demand for commercial airline pilots worldwide, airline pilots’ salaries have become an excellent reason to consider a career in aviation. If you have been thinking about becoming a pilot but are concerned with how much pilots are paid, you can be assured that for the relatively small investment you make in flight training, the financial rewards of a pilot’s paycheck are more than sufficient.     How much do pilots […]

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 […]