SMART Airline Program
Structured, Measurable, Achievable, Rewarding, Time-Efficient
For more than 20 years, Epic Flight Academy has provided an unparalleled pathway for qualified students, preparing them for dream professional pilot careers. Through innovative education and technologically-advanced aviation resources, Epic receive top quality training and are highly-regarded among the aviation industry.
- Zero to Airline Pilot in as Few as 2 Years
- Earn Qualifications for Airlines Worldwide
- On-Campus Partner Airline Pilot Recruiting
- Build Flight Hours as Paid Flight Instructor
- Guaranteed Airline Interview at 300 Hours
- 100% Program Graduate Airline Hire To Date
With the demand for airline pilots at an all-time high and pilot salaries soaring, aspiring students are seeking the most structured and time-effective ways to fulfill 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 1500 flight hours to become an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). Epic Flight Academy, a flight school in New Smyrna Beach, is designed for serious applicants pursuing flying as a professional career. This student-focused program allows cadets to follow a rigorous, step-by-step career pathway that fosters success.
SMART Airline Program student cadets will earn their Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial Single-Engine, and Commercial Multi-Engine ratings, while connecting with top airline recruiters at the Epic Flight Academy campus. Progressing to advanced training courses, cadets will then earn their Flight Instructor, Flight Instructor – Instrument, and Multi-Engine Instructor ratings, securing interviews and conditional hire agreements with partner airlines. Cadets gain required flight hours and valuable experience as paid Flight Instructors, meeting airline hiring qualifications and launching their professional pilot career, in as few as 2 years from the start of training.
Stage I: Aviation Skills Development & Foundational Pilot Training
Stage II: Advanced Pilot Training, Paid Flight Instructor & Airline Intro
Stage III: Airline New Hire & Upgrade Opportunities
Cadet Eligibility Requirements:
- Minimum 18 Years Old
- Minimum High School Diploma or GED
- Legally Eligible to Work in the U.S.
- Ability to Obtain FAA Medical Certificate
- Read, Write, & Speak English Proficiently
Cadet 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 following class start.
STAGE I: Aviation Skills Development & Foundational Training
Stage I is comprised of three parts: 1) Private Pilot Certificate, including an Aviation Skills Development (ASD) course; 2) Instrument Pilot Certificate; and 3) Single-Engine Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Add-On. 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. Duration: Approximately 8 to 10 months
STAGE II: Advanced Pilot Training, Paid Flight Instructor & Airline Intro
Stage II is comprised of three parts: 1) Flight Instructor; 2) Flight Instructor Instrument; and 3) Multi-Engine Instructor and Airline Introduction. Upon successful completion of Part 1, cadets will be certified by the FAA to provide flight instruction to students pursuing certification in single-engine aircraft under visual flight conditions. In Part 2, 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. Once cadets have reached a total of 700 hours of flight time, they are able to begin Part 3. During Part 3, cadets will take their connections with partner airlines to the next level, visiting the airline, learning about the airline operations, and their first airline aircraft. Duration: Approximately 18 months & 1500 flight hours
STAGE III: Airline New Hire & Upgrade Opportunities
Stage III is comprised of three parts: 1) Airline Indoctrination INDOC; 2) Line orientation Flight Training LOFT & ATP-CTP; and 3) Initial Operating Experience (IOE). During Part 1, cadets relocate to the airline training location and start their indoctrination, aircraft systems and performance training. Upon successful completion of Part 1, cadets will move on to Simulator training. Before flying with passengers and/or cargo, each cadet will fly with a check pilot for two months of IOE. Once IOE has been completed, cadets will being working as Co-Pilot or Second-in-Command (SIC), obtaining flight hours in a multi-engine turbine aircraft. Cadet upgrade requirements and times vary based on the selected airline. Part 3 is the culmination of the pathway, allowing qualified cadets to either continue their career at the regional airline or move on to major airlines. Duration: Approximately 24 to 48 months & 2000 to 4000 hours