Program Advisory Committee
Epic Flight Academy’s Program Advisory Committee includes professionals in the field of aviation. They are volunteers who review our programs and provide advice and insight. We are grateful to this dedicated team for their thoughtful expertise and collective wisdom.
Meet the Members of Epic’s PAC:
Stephen Austin has been married to his wife Lucy for 31 years and has lived in local area since 2004 with their two daughters. His aviation career started 1986 with an enlistment to the Air Force as a Crew Chief (aircraft mechanic) on the F-15 Eagle.
While in the Air Force he obtained his A&P license and took flying lessons at the Aero Club. After four years of active duty service, he joined the New York Air National Guard as a Flight Engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and served there for 10 years. He then transferred to the Air Force Reserves as a CAP liaison. He retired from the military in 2007.
His pilot career started with a northeast commuter airline and then in 1996 to TWA where he flew the MD80 and Boeing 757/767. During a 13-year furlough from American Airlines, Steve joined NetJets Aviation flying a variety of business jet aircraft. His college education comes from the University of New Haven where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Air Transportation Management.
Currently, he is a Captain on the Airbus 319/320/321 for American Airlines based in New York. Steve is the president of a local homeowners’ association and has served on the Epic Flight Academy scholarship selection committee since its inception. He enjoys boating, hiking, flying RC airplanes, and traveling with his family.
Suzanne Markle is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, overseeing the strategic direction and daily operation of all PIA locations and programs.
Since joining the organization in 1999, Markle has served in various positions. These include general studies faculty, coordinator for educational development, assistant to the dean, director of alumni services, and director of admissions. From 2010 until her appointment as President/CEO in 2017, she served as PIA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Having held such a variety of positions within PIA, Markle enjoys a unique vantage point from which strategic initiatives can be launched. She has a firm understanding of operational and budgetary capability, regulatory compliance, curriculum design, and the needs of the market and industries served by Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.
Markle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from California University of Pennsylvania. She also hold a Master of Business Administration degree from Seton Hill University. A native of the Pittsburgh area, Markle serves on the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators. In 2020, the US Department of Transportation appointed her to serve on its Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIABB). She serves as a team leader for the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges. Additionally, she is an active member in a host of other business and education associations which support the school’s mission.
Gary Norville is the owner of American Aero Services in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. AAS is a restoration and maintenance facility known for serving the Warbird community for three decades.
American Aero restores aircraft, military vehicles, armor, rockets, and missiles. They do complete restorations, general repairs, routine maintenance, and annual inspections.