Epic Flight Academy Awards $25,000 Scholarship to CUDAS UnHooked Recipient

CUDAS UnHooked Scholarship Recipient
Andruw Bunch (center in gray t-shirt) receives an Epic backpack from Epic COO Josh Rawlins as members of Epic’s Aircraft Mechanic Program look on.


FEBRUARY 7, 2022

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Epic Flight Academy is pleased to announce the awarding of a $25,000 merit scholarship to Andruw Bunch, a participant in the CUDAS UnHooked program. Andruw started training at Epic’s Aircraft Mechanic School on February 7th after completing orientation last week.

Sandy Cheney, Director of Youth Services at CUDAS UnHooked, shared, “Andruw has thoroughly impressed us over the years. He was in our club for 2 years and still attends meetings, making himself available to informally mentor others in the program. His volunteerism has always stood out. His intelligence is his strength, as is his ability to set and achieve goals. He always overcomes any obstacles that get in his way and enthusiastically accepts the next challenge. He’s just a great kid, and we absolutely love him.” CUDAS UnHooked supports homeless and at-risk teens from New Smyrna Beach High School, serving 20 to 30 students at a time.

Andruw is a graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School and formerly attended Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill. At Burns, he was nominated to build a model plane to submit to Embry-Riddle’s Science Olympiad. Andruw said, “I enjoy hands-on learning and used to dream of being an engineer. I’m interested in learning to weld and hope to work at Epic when I complete my aircraft mechanic training.”

“We are thrilled to support Andruw in his training to become an aircraft mechanic,” said Epic founder and CEO Danny Perna. “I began my career in aviation as a mechanic, and I know what this training requires. Andruw has demonstrated the aptitude and ability to be successful in our program, and we are happy to support him in his endeavors.”

Epic’s FAA-certified Aircraft Mechanic Program lasts approximately 19 months. Upon completion, Andruw will be an FAA-certified A&P (airframe and powerplant) mechanic. There is a high demand in this field as airlines are reporting a shortage of aircraft mechanics.

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