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Helicopter Flight Training Caption Contest Winner, Flying Firefighters of Arizona, Guidance Aviation BBQ Pics

The winner of the Guidance Aviation Helicopter flight training caption contest goes to
JOE OWENS from Hanover, Massachusetts!

Joe’s entry:
“YOU WILL BECOME A CFI!!! YOU WILL FLY WITH CONFIDENCE!!!! Now stand up, look at the sky, THAT is your new office!!”

Joe Owens wins a free subscription to Vertical Magazine, compliments of Vertical, and a Guidance Aviation ball cap!  Nice job Joe.

While we are sharing pics, check out some of the latest pics around the Prescott Airport.  As many of you know, it has been a busy place as our airborne firefighters battle the wildfires in Arizona.  What would we do without our flying firefighters?!

Firefighters of Arizona:

Photo credit:
Doug Anderson
Inbound for refueling

Photo credit:
Doug Anderson
Hauling water to the fire

Photo credit:
Doug Anderson
Fire operations in background

Photo credit:
Doug Anderson
Training operations continue at Guidance Aviation..
Is this a future pilot for the fire department?

We’ve also added some pics from the May 2012 BBQ where we welcomed new students and recognized the accomplishments of both students and staff members.

Christine Campbell and her two very proud sons.  Christine has already served in the US Air Force and is now enrolled to become a professional helicopter pilot.  Welcome Christine, we’re proud to have you on board!

William Beal, his wife Tameka and newly arrived son, Elijah.  Congrats and welcome!

Helicopter flight training student, Nick Lombardo: “Can’t wait to go flying!”
Dog, Tonka: “Can’t wait to find my sunglasses! Dang!”

Matt Cavenagh, Asst. Chief Pilot, discusses safety at Guidance Aviation.

Scott McCaleb, CFII and sons, Cameron and Ian.

Antoine Sanders and flight crew. Great job dad!

Recent grads of the Yavapai College Professional Pilot Degree Program, congrats!

These eight students recently earned their Commercial Pilot Certificates, helicopters.

They are smiling pilots because they recently earned their Instrument Ratings, helicopters.

Congratulations to our newest group of Private Pilots, helicopters!

Nine flight students who recently performed their first solo flights, helicopters. Nice job.

Frank Lowry, Yavapai College flight training student, helicopters, smiles as he and his classmates get their wings.

Curtis Marshall, Instructor Pilot (left), is presented the Safety Excellence Award by Ben Lewis, Instructor Pilot and Safety Program Mgr (right) with Matt Cavenagh, Asst. Chief Pilot in background.

Matt Cavenagh, Asst. Chief Pilot (left), is recognized by John “JJ” Johnson, Director of Academics, for his dedication to the Guidance Aviation Safety Management System (SMS).

Mr. Chris Horton, Manager of Flight Operations (center), is presented the “Super Glue” Award by John “JJ” Johnson, Director of Academics (left) and Mr. Dave Roy, Director of Flight Operations (right).  As “JJ” stated, “He holds it all together.”

We are all scratching our heads still attempting to discover what Chris Horton can’t do…..

Congrats to our newest Instructor Pilots. Left to right:  Tyler Rivas, Matt Olson, Brett Woods, Kevin Beaulieu and Jason Martin.

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