Armstrong is a US Navy Veteran and certificated private pilot, helicopters, enrolled in the Yavapai College-Guidance Aviation Professional Helicopter Pilot Degree Program, working on his instrument rating. The flight plan included a cross country flight from the Prescott Municipal airport (PRC) to the GCN. After a full stop at GCN, it was off to Valle Airport (40G).
Upon providing their position report to Valle traffic, Valle personnel at the airport radioed back to the Guidance crew that there was that a helicopter down near their position. Within 15 minutes, the Guidance crew found the aircraft.