What is High Density Altitude and why does it matter?

You may have heard about “flying in High DA” or “High Density Altitude”, but does that really mean anything to the aspiring helicopter pilot looking for the right training program? I can tell you that it didn’t mean anything to me when I first started looking into flight schools. Back then, I had seen it … Continued

One Student Pilot’s Advice on Applying for Flight Training in the USA

Private Pilot, Lechelle Dippenaar traveled across the world to take the next step in her flight training, coming to Guidance all the way from South Africa. Here, Lechelle shares with us the some of her story and what it was like enrolling for flight school in the U.S. as a foreign citizen. What was your … Continued

Santa Flies in on a Helicopter: 2017 Edition

Once again, a Guidance Aviation pilot was happy to oblige when Santa Claus needed a ride. This year, Chief Pilot Instructor Zach Hardwick heeded the call to escort Santa over to Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!). Check out a 360°, panoramic video of the event. If you’re on mobile, try moving your device to see the … Continued

Keeping the Prestige in Pilot

Guidance Aviation Pilot, Andrew Craw and his family relocated over 1700 miles for Andrew to attend the right flight school and to pursue his dream of becoming a Commercial Pilot. His dream is now becoming a reality. As I sit with my wife and three year old son at the local airport restaurant, I can’t … Continued

Student Spotlight – Amanda Kilgore

Amanda Kilgore, formerly a Signal Intelligence Analysts in the US Air Force, made the decision to start a new career as an EMS Pilot and make a difference in her community. Transitioning careers can be tough, but Amanda has worked hard, and is currently working on her CFI rating. Way to go Amanda! Check out … Continued

Making the Switch to a New Flight School

Current student Dan Clark describes what it was like to transfer to Guidance from another school, and what it’s been like since then. Deciding to transfer from my prior flight school was a tough decision. However, I feel it was the single best decision I’ve made since deciding to become a helicopter pilot. At my … Continued

Transferring to a New Helicopter Flight School

Former student and Guidance instructor Kristen Stonecipher describes what it was like transferring to Guidance Aviation form another flight school. Growing up in a small town has its many perks, but as I reached my junior year of high school I was ready to branch out and see the world. With a new found spirit … Continued

Winners of X-Copter’s Closest to the Pin Autorotation Challenge

The competitors at the Closest to the Pin Challenge presented by X-Copter were not messing around. An assortment of beginner, novice and experienced aviators showed up at Guidance Aviation’s student services office to see who would reign supreme and prove themselves to be a master of autorotation. Each participant was allowed to practice in X-Copter’s … Continued

Update: New information puts Sausage King Stoks’ crown in question.

Sausage Gate 2016 A shocking fax arrived at Guidance Aviation today. The contents of which may change the course of history. We all know and love Mr. Ron Stoks who has provided GA with skilled maintenance work, humor and, on occasion, sausages for a number of years. After the great Sausage Feast of September 2015 … Continued