Epic Makes Strides for Breast Cancer



Epic Flight Academy has added a special livery to one of their aircraft in support of the Susan G. Coman breast cancer foundation. This Cessna-172 has been repainted with the iconic pink ribbons on the tail to pay tribute to breast cancer. Epic Flight Academy promised to donate 50 cents for every hour the aircraft is in operation to the Susan G. Coman breast cancer foundation. 




Epic Flight Academy Enrollment Process

Epic Flight Academy Enrollment Process

Choosing a flight school is difficult, here at Epic, we like to make it easy to access the information you need to make an informed decision. If you are interested in learning about the enrollment process for Epic Flight Academy, check out this interactive presentation and get the information you need to make a great decision.

Instructor of the Month



It’s August, the heat is bearing down on Florida and it’s prime time beach season. One man has the motivation to stick through the 90 degree weather and assist his students in completing their flight ratings, all while battling the heat. His name is Jason Hoffman and he is Epic’s instructor of the month for August 2012. 

He is described by his peers as a very hard worker, always able to lend a helping hand for students, very reliable, flexible and passionate about his work. He has a very professional attitude and enjoys getting to know his students and fellow flight instructors. Jason recently completed one of his student’s instrument rating in two weeks, as well as another private pilot student in six weeks, about half the average time it takes to complete these ratings. 

In his spare time Jason enjoys flying, reading non-fiction books, history books, running, and volunteering in his community. Jason’s ultimate goal for his flying career is to become a part 135 cargo pilot flying for Fed-Ex or UPS.

Jason embodies the culture at Epic Flight Academy, a professional attitude, with a strong passion for aviation and flight training. Epic is pleased to announce Jason Hoffman as flight instructor of the month for August 2012. 

Flight Training 101 (Thunderstorms)

Thunderstorms have a nasty habit of showing up when you don’t want them to. They can be especially dangerous to aircraft and pose a threat to safety of flight. It is important that pilots understand how a thunderstorm works and know the adverse conditions that are associated with a thunderstorm to avoid an accident. 

How a thunderstorm formsImage

In order for a thunderstorm to develop, there must be sufficient moisture in the air to create clouds, there must also be a lifting mechanism, usually caused by uneven heating of the earth’s surface. Clouds will start to build and warm air will rise in the atmosphere lifting the clouds and moisture high into the earth’s atmosphere. This is known as the Towering Cumulus Stage.

The next stage, the “mature” stage, is classified with precipitation, turbulent air, sometimes severe, and lightening strikes in the clouds as well as cloud to ground. 

The final stage is known as the dissipating stage, during this final stage, the updraft has
ceased and the storm is dominated by downdrafts. Precipitation
may still occur, but will decrease with time as moisture is depleted. 

Hazards associated with thunderstorms

Wind Shear: Thunderstorm outflow can cause extreme changes in
wind speed and direction near the surface during critical phases of flight. Microbursts are possible
with many thunderstorms, as is heavy rain. Often virga and blowing dust on the surface are your
only clues to the presence of a microburst.

Icing: Because thunderstorms are driven, in part, from the conversion of liquid water to ice,
pilots can expect to find airframe icing in all thunderstorms. Although
all forms of icing are possible, clear icing, caused by larger drops of
supercooled water, is the most common. Ice accumulation can be
rapid. Supercooled water and clear icing can extend to great heights
and to temperatures as low as -20 degrees C. Icing will impede airflow over the wings and cause immense drag as well as airflow separation over the wings, icing has been a factor in many aircraft accidents over the past century. 

Lightening: lightening strikes are dangerous enough, they burn hotter than the surface of the sun, and can damage aircraft if a bolt should strike. 

The most important thing for a pilot to understand is the environment around them, there are many tools at their disposal, such as computers to track the weather patterns and know when and where a thunderstorm is likely to occur. It is best to avoid thunderstorms by at least 20 miles on either side and always be situationally aware of the weather for your route. 

Student of the Month

Epic Flight Academy would like to congratulate Jefferson Greff, he is Epic Flight Academy’s student of the month for July! 


Greff completed his Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Multi-Commercial and Single Add-on in under six months.  Greff is originally from Brasilia, Brasil, he decided to enroll at Epic Flight Academy to become a professional commercial pilot. Greff worked hard to obtain his Commercial Pilots License, taking ground labs and flying almost two hours a day to complete his ratings in under six months. Greff is a prime example of a professional pilot, a top priority at Epic. His attitude embodies safety, aeronautical decision making, and great airmanship abilities; all attributes that pilots are expected to learn during their flight training. 


Epic would like to congratulate Greff on his stellar performance and wish him the best in his future career!

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Epic Field Trip

On July 27th, 2012 a group of middle school and high school students from Spain stopped by Epic Flight Academy to tour our facility as well as the surrounding airport. The students were able to view the aircraft fleet, try out the aircraft simulators, and also got a bird’s eye view of the New Smyrna Beach Airport in the Air Traffic Control tower located on the eastern side of the airport.