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Volume 1, Issue 14                                                                     November 2018

Tuesday, November 15, 2018

Interested in earning your degree at DSC using
Epic flight credits? Join us to learn more!

WHEN: Thursday, November 15th, 9 am to 12 noon
WHERE: Bessie Coleman Classroom

If you are interested in earning college credits for your flight training, join DSC staff for this informative meeting where all of your questions will be answered. You can even get enrolled and select classes for the next semester, which begins on January 14th.

Please RSVP for the meeting by email.

You can earn your Associate's and/or Bachelor's while attending Epic or while working here as a CFI. The majority of classes are online. Read details about this unique opportunity online.


Congratulations to Taylor Rawlins! Taylor served a 36-month apprenticeship in Epic's maintenance department under the supervision of FAA-certified A&P mechanics and is now a full-fledged FAA A&P mechanic himself working at Epic! When you see Taylor on campus, be sure to congratulate him! Team Epic!
Mauricio Castano
Newest Certification: ATP October 2018
Qualified Aircraft: C-172, PA-44, A320
Professional Pilot Career: First Officer, Avianca, Colombia
Armaan Fazal
Newest Certification: ATP October 2018
Qualified Aircraft: C-172, PA-28, CRJ
Professional Pilot Career: First Officer, SkyWest Airlines, United States
Cheyenne Boyd
Newest Certification: ATP October 2018
Qualified Aircraft: C-172, PA-28, PA-44, CRJ200/700/900
Professional Pilot Career: First Officer, Skywest Airlines, United States








"Once upon a time, ugly beasts lurked at airports waiting for innocent student pilots."

Student pilots often envision themselves subject to ugly beasts. These beasts might include the FAA Knowledge Exam, known as ‘THE WRITTEN EXAM,’ or the FAA Practical Exam, often called ‘THE CHECK RIDE.’  However, some students recognize that the FAA Knowledge and Practical Exams are opportunities. These students understand that the FAA testing center proctor and FAA designated pilot examiner (DPE) are regular people.  

Proctors have a family and enjoy everyday activities, just like us. They are FAA certified employees doing their job, assuring FAA exams are fairly taken by students. Once entering the testing center, proctors do not lock students forever in an imaginary testing center dungeon. DPEs are seasoned pilots and love to fly, just like us. On behalf of the Federal Aviation Authority, the DPE’s job is to examine an applicant for a pilot certificate. The DPE is responsible for a pilot applicant’s qualifications of mental skills, judgment, knowledge, and flight skills. DPEs are assessing that the candidate is a safe pilot. One of the most rewarding experiences for the DPE, proctor, or flight instructor is serving as the start for a student pilot’s career.  

Learning to fly is a monumental accomplishment in life. The self-doubting beasts are defeating the student from reaching their goal. These beasts whisper in the student pilot’s ear, “This is too hard!” or “You will never understand!” and then there is, “What if you fail?”

I have been successful from the self-doubting beasts by reminding myself, “You fail if you do not try.” Reaching a goal may not always happen on a first attempt. Failure is another opportunity for learning.  Hard-work, dedicated study-habits, and determination will bring success. Overcoming fear is as important as gaining the knowledge and skill.

There were moments during my flying career when a goal slipped out from under me. When the beast lurking around the corner or under the bed raised its ugly head, I would look it straight in the eyes gaining more determination to produce success. Amongst earning my certificates, ratings, and during my around the world flight adventures, I had to believe in myself. And, so do you!

Then there are the “You are not as good” beasts. Comparing my accomplishments with other student pilots caused me great distress. It took me twice as long to earn my certificate as most other students. What does it matter today that I did not finish when others had? Nothing.  What is important?  Accomplishing goals!

During doubtful moments, how did I overcoming my own fears? I would say to myself, “Because I love to fly!” Whatever was troubling became not quite as hard. Next time you are pestered by one of the beasts, look it right in the eye, get determined, work harder, and remember why you are learning to fly!

Captain Judy's Around the World Citation Mustang
Captain Judy is pictured here being greeted upon landing in Fukushima, Japan during her round-the-world ambassador flight.

3rd Annual Epic Billfish Bash Scholarship Event and Epic Flight Academy Student Reunion

Saturday, Nov. 17th, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Mark your calendar to join us on Saturday, November 17th when we announce the winners of our Aviation Scholarships at a special ceremony during the Epic Flight Academy Student Reunion. New Smyrna Beach Mayor James Hathaway will be on hard to present the scholarships. Catering by Dustin's Bar-B-Q, raffle, and silent auction complete the festivities for this favorite annual reunion event at Epic.

Click here for complete details! 

New this year... the SILENT AUCTION:
For the first time ever, attendees at the Scholarship Bash will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive silent auction items. What kinds of items? How about a 9-day cruise for two aboard any of the American Queen Steamboat vessels ($7,500 value), a weeklong stay for two including breakfast & dinner at historic Cross Keys Hotel in the beautiful English village of Chatteris ($1,700 value), or VIP concert tickets including a "meet & greet" with country superstar Brad Paisley (Priceless!)?

You can bid on these and other exciting auction items or enter our raffle drawing for other unique items. See you at the Scholarship Bash on Saturday, Nov. 17th!

Congratulations to all of our spectacular Epic Flight Academy students (names below) who passed check-rides on their first attempt in October! 

Private Pilot

Matteo Pellizzer (10/11/2018)     
Lucas John Andresen (10/12/2018)        
Cheolhong Lee (10/15/2018)       
Jin Ho Choi (10/15/2018) 
Juan Sebastian Aponte Arevalo (10/22/2018)   
Ki Cheul Park (10/23/2018)
Stephen Salim (10/31/18)

Instrument Rating

Jae Hoon Park (10/05/2018)        
Guilherme Nicolas El Hadi (10/06/2018)
Bianka Ashley Pererson (10/12/2018)   
Hyunsuk Yun (10/12/2018)         
Matthew Egan Shropshire (10/14/2018)           
Naphon Poompotong (10/18/2018)        
Chih-Ying Ho (10/19/2018)         
Allen Evaristo Chu (10/19/2018)
Shi Chan Lee (10/21/2018)          
Elijah Allen Fahnestock (10/24/2018)
James Torres Joao (10/30/2018)
Ryan Kip Groel (10/31/18)

Commercial Single-Engine

Sean Michael Kenney (10/01/2018)       
Nicolas Gallo Diaz (10/13/2018)
+Uzoma Chidi Nwachukwu (10/19/2018)
+Raul Ivan Castillo Solis (10/31/18)

Commercial Multi-Engine

Phanop Khowprasert (10/02/2018)       
Raj Vignesh So Rajan Manogaran (10/18/2018)
+Sean Michael Kenney (10/14/2018)     
+Alexander Scot Mustard (10/19/2018)

Certified Flight Instructor

Zaeem Saeed Ahmed (10/12/2018)
Se Hee Sim (10/12/2018) 
Dong Young Kim (10/20/2018)   

Certified Instrument Flight Instructor

+Theodore James Hewitt II (10/11/2018) 

Multi-Engine Flight Instructor

+Steven Michael Okolovitch (10/09/2018)         
+Sephen Lawence Freeman (10/10/2018)
It was especially exciting to see Ryan Groel, one of last year's scholarship winners, pass his IR check-ride on his first attempt! Ryan (R) is pictured here with his instructor, CFII Mils Thindwa. Ryan is a student at Atlantic High School. We are thrilled when we see our scholarship winners excelling and achieving their dreams!

Now hiring CFIs at Epic Flight Academy! Join Florida's fastest-growing flight school for a rewarding career in aviation!
Just another beautiful sunset at Epic Flight Academy...
(Photo by Epic staffer Kathy Bricker)
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