The STARR and Guidance Safety Partnership

by STARR COMPANIES, Global Insurance and Investments Guidance Aviation, a Part 141 flight training academy in Prescott, Arizona, specializes in high altitude flight training.  As the first FAA approved Part 141 helicopter high altitude training facility in the U.S., Guidance has been producing professional aviators since 1998, in which the program began with a single … Continued

Helicopter Pilot Jobs: Career Placement in the Helicopter Industry

If you’re told that high altitude flight experience during your helicopter flight training is just a bunch of fluff, ask the Chief Pilot of the world’s largest fleet of ECO-Star helicopters what he thinks. “… As you are well aware, the mountainous regions encompassing the Grand Canyon is among the most challenging of flight environments. … Continued

Helicopter Pilot Training Profiles: Robert Mazur

Congratulations to Robert Mazur on earning his Commercial Pilot rating, helicopters! The following flight programs are offered at Guidance Aviation: Private Pilot Instrument Pilot Commercial Rating Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFI-I)

Financial Aid for Helicopter Pilot School – The FAFSA

Choosing the right college to pursue your Professional Helicopter Pilot Degree will be probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. Each college will vary in the type and amount of financial aid available. You should know that most schools participate in Federal Financial Aid which requires students to complete … Continued

Helicopter Flight Training Profiles: Always A Marine

Helicopter Flight Training Using GI Bill Benefits to Become a Professional Helicopter Pilot [CAREER UPDATE: 02-15-15: CJ has just announced he has landed a job and will begin flying professionally (outside of Guidance) in March, 2015. Congrats CJ!!]  James (CJ) Schneider III is a CFI, CFI-I for both Helicopter and Fixed Wing. He works for … Continued

Flight Training Trivia: A Multiple Front Question This Week

Post your answer on our Facebook Page to win some swag: Guidance Aviation provides high altitude helicopter and fixed wing flight training utilizing the newest aircraft and best equipment available. For more information, go to or

Helicopter Flight Training Profiles: Rodney Evans, CFI-I, An Aviation Animal

Rodney Evans, U.S. Military Veteran, enrolled in the Yavapai College Professional Helicopter Pilot Degree Program, is now officially a CFI-I, Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument, helicopters.  But he’s not stopping there. Evans is finishing up his fixed wing ratings as well and then he’s looking to obtain his Masters!  This guy’s an animal of aviation! … Continued

Happy New Year – New Flight Training Programs for 2013

Happy New Year everyone!  2012 was a fantastic year and 2013 promises to be even better.  Here’s what’s on the horizon for 2013: Dozens of new, high definition online flight training videos thanks our media department and its commitment to high quality, exceptionally produced visual and audio based learning content. New programs and existing program … Continued

HFI Updates: Helicopter Flight Training Scholarship Deadlines

HFI Scholarships Helicopter Foundation International has long recognized the need for qualified commercial helicopter pilots and helicopter maintenance technicians. Over the last several years, the shortage has become real. Many of our experienced pilots and maintenance technicians are nearing retirement age, the war has pulled experienced personnel from our ranks at a time when the … Continued

Tuesday’s Trivia: Name it and Win a Gizmo

Last week’s winner of the helicopter flight training Tuesday Trivia was Israel Tilman.  Name the part below and what aircraft it is from (hint: name the HELICOPTER ).  Most accurate and descriptive answer wins a gizmo… POST YOUR ANSWER ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO ENTER:  Guidance Aviation provides high altitude helicopter and fixed wing … Continued