Airline Pilot Program
(U.S. Students)

Domestic Airline Pilot Program

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SMART Approach

By prioritizing safety and minimizing course completion times, Epic Flight Academy’s Airline Pilot Program allows students to go from zero flight experience to airline pilot in as little as two years with our SMART (Structured, Measurable, Achievable, Rewarding, Time-Efficient) approach to flight training. We have trained pilots to fly for more than 300 airlines. Whether you have had no exposure to pilot training or are transferring from another training facility, we offer our students high quality flight training in a new-generation aircraft fleet, preparing you for the aviation careers of your dreams. (Note: We also offer a college degree program through Daytona State College for flight students who want to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree while learning to fly. This is not required; however, we are proud to make this available to our flight students.)

Epic’s Airline Pilot Program is intended for U.S. (domestic) flight students that are seeking a career as a commercial pilot; foreign students should review our International Airline Pilot Program. With the growing worldwide airline pilot shortage and the minimum 1,500 hour requirement in the U.S., most of our U.S. students choose to become a Flight Instructor to build flight time. (International students typically are required to have only 200 or 250 hours in their respective countries.) However, we do offer individual and customized training for students pursuing other professional pilot career opportunities. If you have questions about which program is best for your aviation career goalscontact our Admissions Team directly to determine which flight courses best suit your needs. With airline pilot salaries soaring, there has never been a better time to pursue your dreams! Financing options are available.

Epic Airline Pilot Program


Single-Engine Commercial Pilot Program Tuition & Hours

Summer 2019 Tuition Effective June 1, 2019
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Private Pilot Course
Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 Hours
Aviation Skills Development – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 6 Hours
Total Course Hours: 351
Total Course Tuition: $19,860.00

Instrument Pilot Course
Instrument Ground School – 40 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 19 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 18 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 5 Hours
Total Course Hours: 106
Total Course Tuition: $12,237.00

Commercial Single-Engine Pilot Course
Commercial Ground School – 40 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 32 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Partner – 8 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Course Hours: 100
Total Course Tuition: $13,248.00

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS: 557
TOTAL PROGRAM TUITION: $45,345.00

(All Cessna 172 training flights are conducted in new Technological Advanced Aircraft (TAA). Aircraft delivered after 2016 are also equipped with WAAS-capable instrument-certified GPS approach.)


Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Program Tuition & Hours

Summer 2019 Tuition Effective June 1, 2019
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Private Pilot Course
Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 Hours
Aviation Skills Development – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 6 Hours
Total Course Hours: 351
Total Course Tuition: $19,860.00

Instrument Pilot Course
Instrument Ground School – 40 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 19 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 18 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 5 Hours
Total Course Hours: 106
Total Course Tuition: $12,237.00

Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Course
Commercial Ground School – 40 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 – 32.5 Hours
Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 7 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 30 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 10 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Course Hours: 125.5
Total Course Tuition: $17,505.25

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS: 582
TOTAL PROGRAM TUITION: $49,602.25


Professional Airline Pilot Program Tuition & Hours

Our most popular track, the Professional Airline Pilot program is an accelerated Part 141 flight training package for students that are consistently able to fly full-time, a minimum of 5 days per week, and 5 hours per day. For students that require scheduling accommodations due to other commitments, such as employment or university education, we offer training under Part 61 instruction, which allows a more flexible schedule, thus extending estimated completion time. As per FAA requirements, all ATPs must have met the requirements of the 1,500 hour rule. This means you must have logged 1,500 hours total in order to fly for passenger and cargo airlines. The courses required to become a professional pilot for a commercial airline are:

Summer 2019 Tuition Effective June 1, 2019
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Private Pilot Course
Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 hours
Aviation Skills Development – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 6 Hours
Total Course Hours: 351
Total Course Tuition: $19,860.00

Instrument Pilot Course
Instrument Ground School – 40 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 19 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 18 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 5 Hours
Total Course Hours: 106
Total Course Tuition: $12,237.00

Commercial Single-Engine Pilot Course
Commercial Ground School – 40 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 32 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Partner – 8 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Course Hours: 100
Total Course Tuition: $13,248.00

Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Add-on Course
Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 14 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Course Hours: 26
Total Course Tuition: $3,725.00

Flight Instructor Course
CFI Ground School – 120 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 13 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Course Hours: 151
Total Course Tuition: $8,230.00

Flight Instructor – Instrument Course
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 10 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 15 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Course Hours: 34
Total Course Tuition: $4,405.00

Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Course
Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 6 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 15 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Course Hours: 30
Total Course Tuition: $4,230.00

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS: 798
TOTAL PROGRAM TUITION: $65,935.00

Non-Tuition Costs:
FAA Written Test: $150
FAA Flight Test: $700
Housing (Based on availability): $750 per month/shared room
Financial-Aid Options

Students from all over the United States and more than 80 countries choose Epic Flight Academy for pilot training in order to pursue their aviation career dreams. Our pilot school began flight training in 1999, and thousands of Epic Professional Pilot graduates are thriving today in their aviation careers with more than 300 airlines worldwide. Learn to fly with us!