FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear congratulated Epic Flight Academy on cutting the ribbon for its new FAA Part 147 aircraft mechanic school at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

“Workforce development is the most important and proactive step we can take for the future of Kentucky’s economy,” said Gov. Beshear. “This new training facility from Epic Flight Academy will train workers at CVG, helping prepare thousands of Kentuckians to make an impact in their communities, while also supporting their families through skilled, well-paying jobs. We’re committed to building a pipeline for a skilled workforce, and this is the latest example of that commitment.”

Epic broke ground on the over-32,000-square-foot building in April 2023 and completed the construction this month. The flight academy consists of more than 15,000 square feet of shop space/training area and nearly 16,000 square feet of classrooms and finished office space. There are 10 classrooms, a library, a cafeteria and private offices.

Epic Flight Academy, which also has a location in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, offers students the opportunity to become an FAA-certified airframe and powerplant (A&P) aviation mechanic in the aerospace industry. Epic Flight Academy Aircraft Mechanic Program welcomed its first class of students in 2020, and students began training at CVG on April 15, 2024. The program takes approximately 18 months.

CVG CEO Candace McGraw welcomed the new training facility: “We are pleased to welcome Epic Flight Academy to CVG, and we look forward to growing this partnership. Aircraft mechanics are in high demand. Epic Flight Academy will open doors for students across our region who represent the future of the aviation industry and will provide a well-trained pipeline for employment at CVG.”

Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore thanked Epic Flight Academy for its commitment to Northern Kentucky: “CVG is on an incredible growth trajectory with increasing cargo volume and passenger flights driving the need for more aircraft maintenance technicians. We are thrilled about the Epic and FEAM Aero partnership to offer new, high-paying career pathways for our residents.”

President and CEO of BE NKY Growth Partnership Lee Crume congratulated Epic Flight Academy on its new training facility at CVG: “The demand for aircraft maintenance technicians is ever-growing, and Epic Flight Academy has begun filling that need with their first class starting last week. The new jobs being created by CVG’s cargo and passenger growth offer tremendous opportunities in the Cincinnati region.”