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High School Students Discover How To Become Professional Helicopter Pilots

For the third year-in-a-row, Guidance Aviation provided helicopter pilot ground school for Tri-City Prep High School students. This year’s class ran August 10th – 27th. The course provides insight for high school students on how to become professional helicopter pilots and earn a college degree in two years.

The high schoolers were taught numerous aviation topics including:

  • Helicopter Operations
  • Fundamentals of aerodynamics
  • Instruments and Flight Controls
  • Elements of weather and how they pertain to flight
  • Determining protocols for cross-country flight
  • Identifying physiological and psychological factors which may affect human safety and comfort in flight
  • Identifying extreme hazards in helicopter flight
  • Using a Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) and Airport Facility Directory (AFD)

The course prepares the students for a portion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Practical Knowledge Test, necessary to become a certificated helicopter pilot.

The future aviators also had the opportunity to utilize the Guidance Aviation flight simulation lab and fly the X-Copter helicopter simulator, an FAA approved, state-of-the-art helicopter flight training device used to prepare flight students for their first helicopter flights. X-Copter’s manufacturing facility and corporate offices are also located at the Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC) adjacent Guidance Aviation.

“Guidance Aviation has been a great partner for Tri-City Prep and genuinely cares for the students’ experiences. The program allows for our students to learn about unique careers in aviation while acquiring education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M),” states Principal Milliken, TriCity Prep.

“Guidance Aviation is delighted to offer our helicopter pilot ground school for the third time at Tri-City Prep High School. Motivating students and getting them interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math needs to be done more often,” remarked John “JJ” Johnson, Director of Academics, Guidance Aviation.

Do you want Guidance Aviation to Come to Your High School and Teach Helicopter Flight Operations?

Contact Robert Short, Manager, Student Services, about having Guidance Aviation come to your school to conduct helicopter ground school, X-Copter flight simulator training sessions, and introductory helicopter flights. Call 877-235-9444 and ask for Robert Short. Or, email Robert at: [email protected] (Availability is limited).

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About TriCity Prep

Tri-City College Prep is a public charter high school designed to enhance students’ academic opportunities and college readiness while providing access to a wide array of educational, artistic and athletic endeavors.

TCP offers dual enrollment courses on campus through partnerships with Yavapai College and Graceland University. The school has received recognition for outstanding academic performance from U.S. News and World Report, is labeled an “A” Excelling school with the Arizona Department of Education and maintains college prep accreditation with AdvancedEd (formerly NCA).

Tri-City College Prep received special recognition from ABEC (Arizona Business and Education Coalition) for advancing their students in all grades and all content areas to higher performing levels.

About Guidance Aviation

Guidance Aviation (GA) is an FAA approved Part 141 helicopter flight training institution with flight operations in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Through the GA collegiate partner programs, graduates earn both their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Aviation Technology – Helicopters, and the necessary FAA Certificates and Ratings through CFI-I to become working, professional helicopter pilots.

GA Awards

CEO, John Stonecipher – 2013 U.S. SBA Business Person of the Year, Washington, D.C.
Dir. of Maintenance, Jason Kidd – 2014 FAA Maintenance Technician of The Year, Statewide, AZ.
Mgr. of Flight Operations, Chris Horton – 2014 Agusta-Westland International Safety Excellence Award
Guidance Aviation – Awarded 2015 City of Prescott’s Most Philanthropic Business

For more info, go to or call Toll Free: 877-235-9444

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