SMART Airline Pilot Program

Smart Airline Pilot Program

Structured, Measurable, Achievable, Rewarding, Time-Efficient

Since 1999, Epic Flight Academy has provided an unparalleled pathway for domestic (U.S.) and international flight students, preparing them for aviation careers with more than 300 airlines. Our innovative approach to education and technologically-advanced fleet ensure that Epic students receive top quality training so they are highly-regarded within the aviation industry as they embark on their airline pilot careers.

  • Zero Experience to Airline Pilot in as Few as 2 Years for Domestic Students (1 Year for International Students)
  • Build Flight Hours as Paid Flight Instructor (Domestic)
  • 100% Program Graduate Airline Hire To Date (All Epic Students)

With the demand for airline pilots at an all-time high and pilot salaries soaring, flight students are seeking the most structured and time-effective ways to achieve their flight training and airline pilot career dreams. Tuition at university aviation programs can easily exceed $150,000 and require student pilots to invest up to 6 years to meet necessary 1,500 flight hours to become an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). Epic’s SMART approach is designed for serious students eager to begin their professional aviation career. This student-to-airline pilot focused program allows you to follow a step-by-step program that ensures success.

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Students enrolled in Epic’s Airline Pilot Program, either Domestic (U.S.) or International, will earn their Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial Single-Engine, and Flight Instructor ratings, while connecting with top airline recruiters at the Epic Flight Academy campus. Progressing to advanced training courses, you will earn your Flight Instructor wings – Instrument, Commercial Multi-Engine, and Multi-Engine Instructor ratings, interviewing with Epic’s partner airlines. You will log required flight hours and valuable experience as paid Flight Instructors at Epic, meeting airline hiring qualifications and launching your professional pilot career in as few as 1 year for International and 2 years for Domestic from the start of training. (Note: In the U.S., the FAA requires 1,500 logged hours before you can become an airline pilot. In most other countries, the requirement is only 200 or 250 hours. This is why international students can become airline pilots faster than U.S. students.)

Stage I: Aviation Skills Development & Foundational Pilot Training

Stage II: Advanced Pilot Training, Paid Flight Instructor & Airline Intro

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum 18 Years Old
  • Minimum High School Diploma or GED
  • Legally Eligible to Work in the U.S. (for U.S. students)
  • Ability to Obtain FAA Medical Certificate
  • Read, Write, & Speak English Proficiently

Enrollment: Classes begin once a month and are limited to 15 cadets each. Due to the duration of the review and screening process, applicants must submit their application a minimum of one month prior to a class start date in order to be eligible for the following class start.

Program Overview

STAGE I: Aviation Skills Development & Foundational Training
Stage I is comprised of four parts: 1) Private Pilot Certificate, including an Aviation Skills Development (ASD) course; 2) Instrument Pilot Certificate; 3) Single-Engine Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Add-On ; and 4) Flight Instructor. During Part 1, cadets will learn fundamentals of aerodynamics, weather, and aviation regulations, and, upon successful completion, will be certified by the FAA to fly a single-engine aircraft in visual flight conditions. In Part 2, cadets will learn how to fly a single-engine aircraft solely by using instrumentation, and, upon successful completion, will be certified by the FAA to fly single-engine aircraft in instrument flight conditions. In Part 3, cadets learn how to fly TAA technologically-advanced single-engine and multi-engine aircraft, and, upon successful completion, cadets will be certified by the FAA to fly single-engine and multi-engine aircraft for commercial purposes. Upon successful completion of Part 4, cadets will be certified by the FAA to provide flight instruction to students pursuing certification in single-engine aircraft under visual flight conditions. Duration: Approximately 12 months

STAGE II: Advanced Pilot Training, Paid Flight Instructor & Airline Intro
Stage II is comprised of two parts: 1) Flight Instructor Instrument; and 2) Multi-Engine Instructor and Airline Introduction. In Part 1, cadets will begin working as paid flight instructors for Epic Flight Academy. They will build flight experience and train to become certified for flight instruction in both instrument flight conditions and in multi-engine aircraft. Upon completion of Part 2, qualified cadets are hired by partner airlines. Duration: Approximately 18 to 24 months

Program Tuition/Domestic (International Students Require Fewer Courses)

Summer 2019 Tuition Effective June 1, 2019
Contact Admissions for Current Tuition

Private Pilot Course
Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 hours
Aviation Skills Development & SMART Labs – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 26 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

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Epic’s Airline Pilot Program graduates join the highly regarded network of Epic Flight Academy’s successful professional pilots serving 300+ airlines worldwide.

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