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Airline Pilot Salary

Airline Pilot 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 make? Like other professions, pilot salary is not […]

Epic Buzz Vol. 2 Issue 3

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 “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. My first experiences as a student pilot produced […]

Technology and Problem-Solving

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), our final destination on our second night of this world flight voyage. Our fuel stop was forecasting ceilings (clouds) at the lowest landing minimums and a slow-moving line of thunderstorms while our destination was reporting clear skies throughout the day […]

What is IACRA?

What is IACRA, and why is it important to pilots? IACRA stands for: Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application, which should be self-explanatory to some degree. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) administers pilot license applications and oversees the process to make sure pilots meet all regulatory and policy requirements. It is a web-based system where pilots can apply, monitor, and obtain certifications and ratings. Pilot training goes beyond the flying of an airplane. As you learn how to become a pilot, you also have to learn the rules, regulations, and procedures that not only govern flight but also those that govern pilot credentials. How does IACRA work? IACRA FAA offers […]

The Importance of Visas

The Importance of Visas The voice on the other end stated in a heavy accent, “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. The voice on the other end stated in a heavy accent, “I did what he could, and it’s out of my control.” He further reported that our landing permit was denied due to a Visa issue. This was the third time the Saudi Arabia Visa office denied our entry. I was in the United States for the […]

International Flight Students Earn College Degrees

International Flight Students Can Earn College Degrees When we recently announced our collaboration with Daytona State College (DSC) through which flight training hours transfer as college credit, we began receiving inquiries from international students about whether this program is available to them. The answer is “yes,” which brings us to the “how” and “why” of it. Why would international flight students want to also earn a college degree in the U.S.? Although a college degree is not required by many airlines, some flight students choose to earn a college degree anyway as it can help boost opportunities and salary. There could be many personal reasons for this, but one of the […]

Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge, Mutual Respect

What do Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge, and Mutual Respect Have in Common with a Major Airline, a World Flight, and Epic Flight Academy? “Citation N178SF, do you need assistance?” (stated in a heavy Russian accent) The Sakhalinsk air traffic controller gave us a straight-out departure on Runway 19. I was once again left seat and my first officer, Edwin, busy with communications. I had almost thawed from the biting Russian cold as the Citation climbed effortlessly at three thousand feet per minute. We were climbing through solid gray clouds when suddenly the advanced avionics technology displayed on our glass cockpit went blank! Both displays were totally dark, which left us […]