5-Aug-2013 Source: Guidance Aviation
Guidance Aviation, a leading collegiate helicopter flight training organization with schools in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has added a Robinson R66 turbine helicopter to its fleet.
“The R66 is powered by a Rolls Royce RR300 and will cruise at 125 kts. With significantly improved performance at high altitude, the R66 fits nicely into Guidance Aviation’s training regime. There’s a good chance a number of our graduates may fly this type of aircraft for their first job,” states Dave Roy, Director of Flight Operations. “The R66 will support our ongoing turbine transition training and of course our high altitude training.”
The R66 turbine helicopter acquisition follows a number of significant developments for Guidance Aviation. In July of this year, Guidance opened its second flight training operation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In partnership with Baton Rouge Community College, the Louisiana program is now the first and only collegiate helicopter pilot school based in State through which students can become Certified Flight Instructors – Instrument (CFI-I) and earn their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Additionally, Guidance Aviation’s President and CEO, John Stonecipher, was awarded the prestigious Person of The Year Award during the 50th Annual Small Business Week by the National Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. in June of this year.