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Epic Flight Academy Announces Partnership with United Airlines

Epic Flight Academy | January 18, 2022

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Epic Flight Academy is proud to announce its partnership with United Airlines in offering flight students the opportunity to participate in United Airlines' Aviate Program. This program offers Epic flight students and flight instructors a direct pathway to become a pilot at United Airlines.

Epic is a Part 141 FAA-certified flight school. U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents age 18 or older are eligible to apply to Aviate while earning pilot certifications at Epic. Successful applicants will be invited to interview with United Airlines for acceptance into the program.

Once accepted into Aviate, students work with an Aviate coach, a United pilot, as they complete their training at Epic. Upon completion of their training, which takes about one year, students in Aviate are hired to work as Epic flight instructors. This allows them to build their flying time to the 1,500 hours required by the FAA to fly for commercial airlines. Aviate participants can then choose from a variety of paths as their final step before transitioning to the United flight deck including flying for an Aviate-participating United Express carrier (GoJet, Mesa Airlines, CommutAir and Air Wisconsin). Upon meeting all program requirements, Aviate participants will be eligible to transition to United as a First Officer.

"We are thrilled to partner with Epic Flight Academy and are confident they will be an invaluable asset to Aviate due to their innovative approach to the aviation market, prestigious reputation and rigorous training. We look forward to working with them and welcoming more First Officers to the United family,"

- Captain Curtis Brunjes, Managing Director of Aviate & Pilot Strategy at United Airlines.

"Epic has been training professional pilots since 1999, As a Part 141 flight school, our training is rigorous and meets the highest standards for safety. We purchase all new training aircraft with glass cockpits, so our pilots have every training advantage. It is an honor to launch this program with United Airlines, especially in light of the ongoing pilot shortage. We are looking forward to training many pilots to fly for United Airlines."

- Danny Perna, CEO.

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Honda Aircraft Company Expands Customer Service Capability as HondaJet Fleet Grows

Honda Aircraft Company | July 26, 2022

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Skyservice Business Aviation Expands Presence in Montréal

Skyservice | September 26, 2022

Skyservice Business Aviation , a North American leader in business aviation, today announced it has acquired a heavy-body aircraft hangar and office facility from Bombardier, thereby doubling the Company's footprint at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport ("YUL") in Montréal, Canada.The 153,000- square-foot property includes 80,000 square feet of hangar space, providing Skyservice with greater capacity to perform nose-to-tail heavy aircraft maintenance as well as support the growing demand for aircraft management at YUL, one of Canada's busiest airports. "We are pleased to acquire this cutting-edge facility, which will allow us to deliver our award-winning services to even more aircraft owners, clients and fleet operators at YUL, Skyservice was founded in Montréal in 1986 and we are committed to continuing to invest in aviation excellence, innovation and sustainability at this airport, creating more opportunities for hands-on training and employment, and offering aircraft owners access to a full suite of best-in-class services and support." Benjamin Murray, President and CEO of Skyservice The transaction further strengthens Skyservice's presence in Canada's aviation services market. Earlier this year, Skyservice opened Toronto South, its second private jet center at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), which includes a 90,000 -square- foot hangar and a 20,000-square-foot Fixed Base Operation (FBO) exclusive to managed aircraft clients. Skyservice South joins Skyservice's Toronto Midfield FBO, which was voted one of the top 20% best FBOs in North America by AIN Magazine in April 2022 and the recipient of Best FBO in Canada in the 2022 PRASE* Survey by Professional Pilot Magazine. About Skyservice™ Skyservice is a North American leader in business aviation dedicated to innovation, responsible operations, safety, and service excellence. Celebrating its 36th successful year, Skyservice is at the forefront of the business aviation industry with best-in-class facilities across North America. Our skilled maintenance teams, outstanding fixed base operation facilities, first-class aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond.

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Ricardo Signs Multi-year Deal to Develop Hybrid-electric Aerospace Technology With Pratt & Whitney Canada

Ricardo | July 18, 2022

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