The qualifications to enroll into Epic Flight Academy include meeting the FAA pilot regulations requirements:
- All applicants must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. (Students whose primary language is not English will be required to take an English Assessment test.)
- FAA regulations require that students are a minimum of 16 year old and to complete the Private Pilot License and Instrument Pilot License. However, they will not be eligible to take the Commercial Pilot until they are 18 years old
- Domestic students enrolling into Professional Pilot Program must a have high school diploma or GED.
- Domestic students may start training prior to completing high school or GED; however, they will not be eligible to work as as Flight Instructors for Epic.
- International students enrolling into Professional Pilot Program must have completed education in the country equivalent to high school in USA. Example: India 10 + 2
- International students must have met all FAA requirements for the Private Pilot License in order to add any other licenses to their foreign PPL. In other words, international students enrolling at Epic with a foreign PPL can come to the U.S. and fly the same as an FAA PPL holder. However, if they want to get other certificates (IR, CPL), they must bring their foreign PPL up to FAA minimum standards, which are shared below.
FAA Section 61.109 Aeronautical Experience requirements for the Private Pilot License:
(a) For an airplane single-engine rating. Except as provided in paragraph (k) of this section, a person who applies for a private pilot certificate with an airplane category and single-engine class rating must log at least 40 hours of flight time that includes at least 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and 10 hours of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in § 61.107(b)(1) of this part, and the training must include at least –
(1) 3 hours of cross-country flight training in a single-engine airplane;
(2) Except as provided in § 61.110 of this part, 3 hours of night flight training in a single-engine airplane that includes –
(i) One cross-country flight of over 100 nautical miles total distance; and
(ii) 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport.
(3) 3 hours of flight training in a single-engine airplane on the control and maneuvering of an airplane solely by reference to instruments, including straight and level flight, constant airspeed climbs and descents, turns to a heading, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, radio communications, and the use of navigation systems/facilities and radar services appropriate to instrument flight;
(4) 3 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor in a single-engine airplane in preparation for the practical test, which must have been performed within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test; and
(5) 10 hours of solo flight time in a single-engine airplane, consisting of at least –
(i) 5 hours of solo cross-country time;
(ii) One solo cross country flight of 150 nautical miles total distance, with full-stop landings at three points, and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations; and
(iii) Three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.
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