Epic Flight Academy’s Part 147 School recently achieved two important milestones: its first graduating class of aircraft mechanic students and receiving approval from the Department of State (DoS) to accept international students.

On 28 July, the graduating class of seven students celebrated months of hard work in a graduation ceremony at the school. Students include: Michael Azarian, Scott Cavato, Chris Gavigan, Luke Hartpence, Aiden Skau, Artem Ukolov, and Damon Vallas. Epic’s FAA Part 147 school launched during the outset of the pandemic, creating initial challenges. However, the first class pressed on to become FAA-certified A&P mechanics.

Additionally, Epic recently received full approval from the DoS to award M1 vocational visas for international students wishing to train as aircraft mechanics. These are facilitated through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Currently, with seven graduating, 44 students remain in the aircraft mechanic program, which includes five classes: General Aviation, Airframe 1, Airframe 2, Powerplant 1, and Powerplant 2. There are also 19 incoming students enrolled for the fall. Applicants to the aircraft mechanic program must be 18 years old and proficient in English. The next class begins September 26th.