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Guidance Aviation approved by U.S. Immigration to provide Helicopter Flight Training for International students

Guidance Aviation approved by U.S. Immigration to provide Helicopter Flight Training for International students

Guidance Aviation has trained hundreds of professional helicopter pilots since 1998. Guidance is now approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to issue I-20s for an M-1 visa for qualifying students. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 02-Feb-17

Guidance Aviation is Now Approved by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Guidance Aviation is Now Approved by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Guidance Aviation has trained hundreds of professional helicopter pilots since 1998. Guidance is now approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to issue I-20s for an M-1 visa for qualifying students. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 13-Dec-16

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Guidance Aviation upgrades to new flight simulator

Guidance Aviation upgrades to new flight simulator

The piece of equipment — which retails for $98,750 — is manufactured by X-Copter in Prescott and is used by Guidance Aviation for its helicopter pilot training program.  See full story

Source: Daily Courier, 09-Mar-16

Guidance Aviation successfully using R66 for charter and lifting

Guidance Aviation successfully using R66 for charter and lifting

In both its Arizona and Louisiana locations, Guidance Aviation offers helicopter charter services utilizing the Robinson R66. Applications range from construction deliveries, airport shuttles, executive transportation, scenic tours, pipeline/power line assessment, and external loads. “The Robinson R66 helicopter has one of the lowest operating costs and best safety records in the industry,” stated Cody Cooper,… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 02-Feb-16

High School Program Delivers Helicopter Training and STEM Education

High School Program Delivers Helicopter Training and STEM Education

For the third year-in-a-row, Guidance Aviation provided helicopter pilot ground school and introductory helicopter flights for Tri-City Prep High Schoolers. This year’s class ran August 10th – 27th.  The high school students were taught numerous aviation topics including: •Helicopter Operations •Fundamentals of aerodynamics •Instruments and Flight Controls •Elements of weather and how they pertain to… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 01-Sep-15

Salute to Heroes and Guidance Aviation Raise Over $22,000 for Homeless Veterans

Salute to Heroes and Guidance Aviation Raise Over $22,000 for Homeless Veterans

On March 20-21, 2015, the 5th Annual Salute to Heroes took place at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The event raised over $22,000 and attracted approximately 12,000 people. According to U.S. VETS, over $4,200 of the total proceeds was raised by Guidance Aviation, which provided helicopter rides and demo rides in the organizations newest helicopter… Read more »

Source: GA, 30-Apr-15

US flight schools exploit GI Bill loophole

US flight schools exploit GI Bill loophole

For some flight schools that train helicopter pilots, the GI Bill that took effect in 2009 was a windfall the government never intended. See Full Story

Source: Los Angeles Times, 18-Mar-15

Guidance Aviation confirms company’s first Guimbal Cabri G2

Guidance Aviation confirms company’s first Guimbal Cabri G2

 Guidance Aviation has confirmed the purchase of the company’s first Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter, Serial No. 1099.  The original purchase agreement was forged between Bruno Guimbal and John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation at HELI-EXPO 2014 pending the FAA’s issuance of the U.S. Standard Category Airworthiness Certificate. The confirmation comes the same week the Cabri G2… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 03-Mar-15

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Whirly Girls Announces Guidance Aviation IR Scholarship for 2016

Whirly Girls Announces Guidance Aviation IR Scholarship for 2016

During their 60th Diamond Anniversary Banquet at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015, Orlando, FL. March 01,  Whirly-Girls International announced the new Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship.  The Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship, Helicopter, includes: 30 hours flight training in a Robinson R44 helicopter with fuel and Flight Instructor (CFI-I) 45 hours in the X-Copter helicopter aviation training device with Flight Instructor… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 02-Mar-15

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Guidance Aviation Exhibiting at HAI’s Helicopter Career Fair

Guidance Aviation Exhibiting at HAI’s Helicopter Career Fair

Guidance Aviation hired 60 professionals in the last 12 months (02/14 – 02/15) – that’s just over one job created each week by the primary helicopter flight training institution. To support its growth, Guidance Aviation will be attending Helicopter Association International’s Helicopter Industry Career Fair at HELI-EXPO 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The organization will be… Read more »

Source: GA, 26-Feb-15

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Whirly-Girls Names Guidance Aviation Level 1 Sponsor

Whirly-Girls Names Guidance Aviation Level 1 Sponsor

On the eve of their 60th Anniversary in 2015, Whirly-Girls International named Guidance Aviation its Level 1 sponsor as the organization which is dedicated to promoting women in helicopter aviation plans its participation in the 2015 HAI HELI-EXPO in Orlando, Florida. Guidance Aviation has committed a total of $18,000 in cash donations to be evenly distributed over the next three years,… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 23-Feb-15

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Guidance Aviation Launches LZ Network

Guidance Aviation Launches LZ Network

Guidance Aviation has officially announced the launch of its “LZ Network”, emphasizing off-airport operations and real world training. The off-airport network of helipads and landing zones includes a floating helipad atop the organization’s 75’ft houseboat. Students practice pinnacle landings, confined areas, off-airport operations, and water landings. In addition to the over-water helipad on Lake Powell,… Read more »

Source: GA, 05-Feb-15

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Helicopter Pilot School Named City’s Most Philanthropic

Helicopter Pilot School Named City’s Most Philanthropic

Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona was named the City’s Most Philanthropic Business for organizations with more than 50 employees during the Healthy Prescott Business Awards, hosted by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Since 2007, the helicopter pilot school has donated in excess of $580,000.00. These philanthropic efforts include cash, aircraft, equipment, and in-kind flight donations,… Read more »

Source: GA, 02-Feb-15

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Guidance Aviation features in new TV series

Guidance Aviation features in new TV series

John Stonecipher, President, CEO, Guidance Aviation appeared on William Shatner’s Moving America Forward TV, a national television series which celebrates the achievements and contributions of businesses and entrepreneurs across America. During the interview, Stonecipher discusses Guidance Aviation’s partnerships with its collegiate institutions, the training of U.S. Military Veterans, helicopter pilot operations degree programs, pilot salaries,… Read more »

Source: GA, 26-Jan-15

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Garmin G500H Glass Panels Installed in Guidance Aviation fleet

Garmin G500H Glass Panels Installed in Guidance Aviation fleet

Garmin G500H glass panels have been installed in the Guidance Aviation helicopter fleet. Last year, the primary helicopter flight training organization with flight operations in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced their decision to upgrade their aircraft. Now, the organization’s fleet upgrade is in its final phase with all of the IFR fleet installations… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 13-Jan-15

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San Juan College in talks for helicopter pilot training program

San Juan College in talks for helicopter pilot training program

San Juan College officials are in talks with a helicopter pilot training school to bring the program to Farmington. See Full Story

Source: Daily Times, 12-Jan-15

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Bose A20 Headsets and Electronic Flight Bags Arrive for Student Helicopter Pilots in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bose A20 Headsets and Electronic Flight Bags Arrive for Student Helicopter Pilots in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bose A20 aviation noise cancelling headsets and electronic flight bags (EFBs) arrived for the student helicopter pilots at Guidance Aviation of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  While the A20 headsets provide an extraordinary level of sound clarity and comfort for the student helicopter pilot, the EFBs (iPAD minis) contain geo-referenced navigational charts and ADS-B traffic avoidance data…. Read more »

Source: GA, 18-Sep-14

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Case Dismissed, Guidance Aviation Wins in Federal Court

Case Dismissed, Guidance Aviation Wins in Federal Court

A Federal Court has dismissed all claims made by a disgruntled former Yavapai College employee, Daniel Hamilton, against Guidance Aviation and its principal John Stonecipher.  The Court held that the claims were without merit. Hamilton had alleged that Guidance Aviation, which employs and trains Veterans for careers as helicopter pilots, of not complying with the… Read more »

Source: GA, 16-Sep-14

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Guidance Aviation support Girl Scouts Discover Aviation Camp again

Guidance Aviation support Girl Scouts Discover Aviation Camp again

Girl Scouts participating in the 2014 Discover Aviation Camp received VIP access to Guidance Aviation’s helicopter flight training facilities as well as its associated campus of Yavapai Community College. Campers enjoyed experiencing what it is like to sit in and touch the controls of Robinson R22’s, R44’s, and R66 helicopters; take a part in helicopter… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 23-Jun-14

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Cockpit distractions and how to deal with them

Cockpit distractions and how to deal with them

A FAASTeam Seminar on Cockpit Distractions and how to deal with them is taking place on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Capitol City Civil Air Patrol, Louisiana Wing, 9163 Blanche Noyes Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70811. Title: REMINDER-Cockpit Distractions Topic: Cockpit Distractions and how to deal with them. Date and Time: Monday, April 7, 2014 , starting at 6:00… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 06-Apr-14

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X-Copter Unveiled at Heli-Expo

X-Copter Unveiled at Heli-Expo

Called “X-Copter”, it is an eighth generation helicopter flight simulator that has been in development since 2006 and the core component of the nationally recognized “Flight Cost Reduction Training” program at Guidance Aviation. Engineered for the primary flight training market, the X-Copter simulates the Robinson R22 and R44 models. X-Copter’s full-scale cockpit includes two high… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 27-Feb-14

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New Robinson dealership launched in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

New Robinson dealership launched in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Guidance Louisiana, LLC of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has just launched a new Robinson Helicopter Dealership. On Friday, February 21, 2014, the dealership became official when Chief Pilot, Matt Cavenagh, received delivery of a new 2014 Robinson R66 Helicopter from the Robinson manufacturing facility in Torrance, California. “Guidance Louisiana will be providing sales and service of the… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 25-Feb-14

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Guidance Aviation Receives Starr’s Operational Excellence Award at Heli-Expo

Guidance Aviation Receives Starr’s Operational Excellence Award at Heli-Expo

Starr Aviation has named Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a recipient of the Starr Aviation Operational Excellence Award during the first day of the world’s largest helicopter convention, HELI-EXPO 2014, in Anaheim, California. The Starr Aviation presentation took place in Guidance Aviation’s Booth #3611 on Tuesday, February 25 and in attendance… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 25-Feb-14

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Guidance Aviation upgrading R22/R44/R66 fleet with glass panels

Guidance Aviation upgrading R22/R44/R66 fleet with glass panels

As Robinson Helicopters announces the introduction of glass instrument panels and advanced avionics for the R22, R44, and R66′s, Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana is upgrading its fleet with Garmin G500H glass panels. “We decided a while back to invest in fleet upgrades that would better represent industry standards and provide… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 19-Feb-14

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Guidance Aviation Maintenance Director Awarded FAA’s GA Maintenance Technician of the Year

Guidance Aviation Maintenance Director Awarded FAA’s GA Maintenance Technician of the Year

Mr. Jason Kidd, Director of Maintenance, Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was awarded the FAA’s Maintenance Technician of the Year, 2014, for the State of Arizona. As a State winner, Kidd moves on to the national FAA awards which take place every year during EAA Airventure Oshkosh. Kidd, a U.S. Military… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 05-Nov-13

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Helicopter Pilot School Scholarship established in Baton Rouge

Helicopter Pilot School Scholarship established in Baton Rouge

A helicopter pilot school scholarship has been established by Guidance Aviation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a $14,000 donation to the Baton Rouge Collegehelicopter pilot school scholarship Baton Rouge Community College Foundation. The helicopter pilot scholarship is designed to help students determine if they are on the right career path prior to committing to the… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 29-Sep-13

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iPads for student helicopter pilots at Guidance Aviation

iPads for student helicopter pilots at Guidance Aviation

iPads arrived for helicopter flight students in the Guidance Aviation flight training program. These iPads will be used in the cockpit as an electronic information  management device. Referred to as Electronic Flight Bags, or EFBs, the iPads contain geo-referenced navigational charts and ADS-B traffic avoidance data. The helicopter flight students will also be using their… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 14-Sep-13

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Guidance Aviation acquires R66

Guidance Aviation acquires R66

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… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 05-Aug-13

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Helicopter Flight Training Scholarships offered for Louisiana and Arizona pilots

Helicopter Flight Training Scholarships offered for Louisiana and Arizona pilots

Helicopter flight training scholarship applications started being accepted by Helicopter Flight International, “HFI”, on June 01, 2013.  The deadline for the helicopter flight training scholarship application is November 01, 2013.  There will be a total of 19 scholarships being provided by HFI to students of the helicopter industry. The Commercial Rating Helicopter Scholarship is for those… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 12-Jul-13

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Arizona and Helicopter Industry to be Represented by John Stonecipher of Guidance Aviation

Arizona and Helicopter Industry to be Represented by John Stonecipher of Guidance Aviation

On June 21, 2013, Arizona businesses and the helicopter industry will be represented by Guidance Aviation’s President, John Stonecipher of Prescott, Arizona, during the 50th Annual National Small Business Week in Washington D.C., an event which will be streamed live by the SBA. Stonecipher was named Arizona’s Person of The Year by the State’s SBA on May 16th.  Now, Stonecipher… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 19-Jun-13

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Guidance Aviation sponsors wakeboarding event

Guidance Aviation sponsors wakeboarding event

Memorial Day weekend kicked off “The Summer Sickness Series – Wakeboarding at The Point”, taking place at Antelope Point Marina, Lake Powell. Competitors took part in the first of four events with the final event taking place on August 31st, where the winner will take home $5,045.00 in cash. On Saturday, May 25, Trever Marquette,… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 03-Jun-13

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Guidance Aviation President Named Person of Year by SBA

Guidance Aviation President Named Person of Year by SBA

John Stonecipher, President, CEO of Guidance Aviation, accepted the Arizona Small Business Administration’s Person of The Year Award from the State’s SBA CEO, Rick Murray and National SBA District Director, Robert Blaney, during the State’s SBA 20th Annual Enterprise Business Awards at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Established in 1998, Stonecipher started Guidance with one… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 20-May-13

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Guidance Aviation to unveil mobile app and learning portal at Heli-Expo 2013

Guidance Aviation to unveil mobile app and learning portal at Heli-Expo 2013

Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona, will be celebrating its 15th Year Anniversary and unveiling its newest training technologies; a “Maneuvers Guide” mobile application (“App”) and an online training portal called “MyGA”, during HELI-EXPO 2013. The mobile application includes a series of High Definition (HD) instructional flight videos and a digital Maneuvers guide. This new training… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 12-Feb-13

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Guidance Aviation showcase their abilities at annual Arizona Aviation Day

Guidance Aviation showcase their abilities at annual Arizona Aviation Day

As the economy continues to improve statewide, it was abundantly clear at the 8th Annual, Arizona Aviation Day, at the State Capitol that aviation and aerospace play major roles in the economic health of the State. Aviation’s economic impact on Arizona is astounding.  A recent ADOT report finds that aviation’s economic impact statewide is $58… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 05-Feb-13

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Yavapai College creates helicopter program with big economic impact

Yavapai College creates helicopter program with big economic impact

John Morgan, Yavapai College Dean of the Technical Division, has been a key figure in the development of one of the most successful and fastest growing collegiate helicopter programs in the United States. The Yavapai College Professional Helicopter Pilot Program has an enrollment of almost 100 students. Approximately 80% of these students are U.S. Military… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 27-Mar-12

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Guidance Aviation donates R44 to Yavapai County Sheriff

Guidance Aviation donates R44 to Yavapai County Sheriff

On Friday, January 20, 2012, at 4:00pm local time, Guidance Aviation will be presenting to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) the newly painted Robinson R44 helicopter which Guidance Aviation donated to the YCSO in October, 2010.  This event is a part of the Guidance Aviation BBQ taking place at 6418 MacCurdy Drive, Prescott, AZ…. Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 20-Jan-12

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Guidance Aviation launches turbine transition course

Guidance Aviation launches turbine transition course

Guidance Aviation of Prescott, AZ., a recognized a leader in High-Altitude Helicopter flight training, has announced the introduction of a new Turbine Transition training course. This program utilizes the new Robinson R-66 Rolls Royce powered turbine helicopter. According to Guidance CEO, John Stonecipher, “The Robinson R-66 is our first choice in a turbine platform.  It… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 13-Nov-11

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Guidance Aviation establishes scholarship for student helicopter pilots

Guidance Aviation establishes scholarship for student helicopter pilots

On August 17, 2011, the Guidance Academy Scholarship was established by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona to provide financial assistance to students in need who are enrolled in the Yavapai College Professional Pilot Program pursuing their Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Professional Pilot – Helicopters. Guidance Aviation is donating $11,000 in the month of August… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 21-Aug-11

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Guidance Aviation takes State Master Award 2011

Guidance Aviation takes State Master Award 2011

Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona took the “Top Master Award” at the Arizona State Capitol on March 22, 2011 during the Arizona Small Business Development Center Awards. This year, the AZSBDC honored 15 top performing Arizona businesses who “collectively created or retained more than 300 jobs; generated more than $4 million in new capital; and increased their sales by… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 07-Apr-11

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