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 […]
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How Much Is An Airline Pilot’s Salary? Epic Flight Academy students put in a lot of effort to become airline pilots. They make connections while at flight school that will stay with them throughout their careers. But the real question is… how much will they earn? 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 […]
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 “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 “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 […]
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IACRA – Everything You Need to Know 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. […]
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 […]
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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 […]