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High School Program Delivers Helicopter Flight Training and S.T.E.M. Education

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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Prescott, AZ. August 31, 2015 - For the third year-in-a-row, Guidance Aviation provided helicopter pilot ground school and introductory helicopter flights for Tri-City Prep High Schoolers. This year’s class ran August 10th – 27th.  The high school students 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
  • Physiological and psychological factors affecting human safety
  • 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.

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The Economic Benefits of Aviation!

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Aviation is the Most Important Transportation of our Time     

Orville and Wilbur Wright had absolutely no idea that they had invented the most important means of transportation for our time. More than a hundred years later, we use our skies to transport thousands of people and goods to their destinations every day. Incredibly, commercial air travel is the safest way to travel statistically; it’s safer than driving, going by train, and even walking.  Aviation presented our society with wonderful potential and we seized it and grew. We know that if the world can come to your city through aviation, the economic benefits are enormous.

A Closer Look: Dallas, Texas: One City with Two Airports

Taking a closer look at the economic benefits of aviation, we will focus on Dallas, Texas. A city with two airports: Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. For years the Wright Amendment of 1979 restricted air travel in North Texas and severely limited the potential of Dallas’s city airport, Love Field, which was thought to be unable to handle increased air traffic. Instead, The Federal Aviation Administration promoted a more removed regional airport, which we know as Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.  The amendment prevented regular commercial aircraft at Love Field from flying anywhere except in Texas and its neighboring states. DFW International grew to be a huge hub for airlines, holding 155 gates and serving 204 destinations around the world. The effects of this airport since its opening in the 70’s have been simply tremendous growth in the North Texas region.

Change is in the Air

On October 13, 2014, the Wright Amendment of 1979 was repealed, and airlines were now able to fly from Love Field to any destination in America! Now we are beginning to see the potential of a large airport operating centrally located in this city. This time we will witness the effects of an airport on a more precise scale and a smaller area—Dallas’s urban area. Love Field is growing. Southwest Airlines is adding more destinations from Love Field and in January they recorded a 47.6 percent increase in passenger travel at the airport. Those are staggering numbers for an increase in circulation, both in terms of financial capital and passengers plainly traveling through the airport.

Huge Economic Benefit for Dallas

So what does this mean for Dallas? It will no doubt mean a huge economic benefit for the city. More jobs at the airport generate more disposable income for the workers and more money circulating in Dallas’s economy. Besides the new jobs created at the airport, its optimal location will bring thousands of new visitors to Dallas for both business and leisure. Now people going to Dallas’s central business district will choose the closer location, as DFW is significantly farther. The visitors flying in will enjoy restaurants and stay in hotels, and the tourism directly benefits the area. But even better, injecting the city’s market with so many exogenous purchases will precipitate the multiplier effect, a key component of Keynesian economics. Initial spending leads to increased consumption spending and endogenous transactions within the city resulting in a multiplied outcome for the overall gross domestic product (GDP) of the area. More transactions are taking place at an increasing rate and the aggregate demand will significantly increase—yielding economic growth that is extremely beneficial for the community.

The Economic Benefits of Aviation Worldwide

Just like this recent change for Dallas’s Love Field is a huge economic infusion, aviation is creating economic growth worldwide. According to Images NASA - routes of air navigation in EuropaBoeing’s current market outlook for 2015: “As aviation continues to become an integral part of life, it is bringing people closer together. As emerging markets continue to grow and new business models expand, airplane manufacturers are seeing greater geographical diversity in their customer base. In 1993, more than 73 percent of all traffic was carried by airlines in Europe or North America. By 2033, that proportion will shrink to 38 percent. Asia Pacific and Middle East airlines are becoming prominent in global aviation. The low-cost business model is becoming a viable option in emerging markets, offering consumers access to a wider range of destinations and the opportunity to choose the speed and convenience of flying over traditional modes of transportation. In addition, modern twin-aisle airplanes enable smaller operators in developing economies to compete on longer routes traditionally dominated by foreign carriers. Rapidly evolving aviation services in these regions are broadening the geographical balance of airplane demand, spurring a worldwide requirement for 36,770 new jet airplanes, valued at $5.2 trillion.” Besides the huge impact this growth has for major companies like Boeing, cities worldwide will feel the economic benefit both directly and indirectly as the world becomes more connected through aviation!






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Aviation School Awarded FAA’s Elite Diamond Award of Excellence

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015



INDIANAPOLIS, IN (02/12/15) – Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) Indianapolis campus is the proud recipient of the prestigious 2014 Diamond Award of Excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Maintenance Technician Awards Program. This marks 11th consecutive year that AIM Indianapolis has received this award.

The program began as a way for the FAA to encourage Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) and employers to participate aggressively in available initial and recurrent maintenance training. Through the AMT Awards Program, the FAA recognizes eligible Technicians and employers by issuing awards to those who receive or promote and foster initial and recurrent training.

“I am very proud of the education department for their dedication to ongoing training that they have to do for us to continue to earn this award,” says Andy Duncan, Campus Executive Director.

In order to achieve the Diamond Award of Excellence, 100% of the campus’s Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics instructors must receive an individual Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Award in the FAA AMT Awards Program. To receive an individual AMT Award, a Technician must complete a minimum of 12 hours of training during the year, including a two hour course conducted through the FAA website. The instructors are also required to log their training on the FAA website and claim their individual award within a specified time frame.  The Diamond Award is the highest award granted by the FAA for aviation maintenance technicians and their employers.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

AIM –Indianapolis campus is part of the nation’s largest family of aviation maintenance schools, with headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Students learn the skills necessary to become successful in one of the world’s fastest growing industries, aviation maintenance.  AIM graduates are there to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers.  AIM’s other campuses are located in Duluth, Georgia; Chesapeake, Virginia; Irving, Texas; Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manassas, Virginia; Oakland, California; Casselberry, Florida and Pennsylvania.  Learn more at: Like us on Facebook

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Whirly Girls Announces Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship for 2016

Monday, March 2nd, 2015


Whirly Girls Announces Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship for 2016

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March 02, 2015, HELI-EXPO 2015, Orlando, FL. - During their 60th Diamond Anniversary Banquet at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015, Orlando, FL. March 01,  Whirly-Girls International announced the new Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship.  The Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship, Helicopter, includes:

  • 30 hours flight training in a Robinson R44 helicopter with fuel and Flight Instructor (CFI-I)
  • 45 hours in the X-Copter helicopter aviation training device with Flight Instructor (CFI-I)
  • 15 hours (one-on-one) ground instruction with CFI-I
  • 40 hours a week free tutoring available
  • Unlimited practice time in “X-Copter” ATD simulator
  • FAA Designated Examiner fees (up to two check-rides)
  • FAA written testing fees (up to two written tests)
  • Online instructional videos for Instrument Helicopter aeronautical knowledge
  • Online Computer-Based Training (CBT) for Instrument Helicopter aeronautical knowledge
  • Online instructional videos for Instrument Helicopter flight maneuver
  • Includes all collegiate tuition and fees

“We are completely thrilled at the generosity of Guidance Aviation’s sponsorship of a new instrument rating scholarship.   The scholarship is consistent with CEO John Stonecipher’s commitment to the Whirly-Girl members and the professional development of female helicopter pilots worldwide. His generosity opens the door for more of our members to realize their potential and increases the visibility of our organization,” said Colleen Chen, Vice President of Scholarships for the Whirly-Girls. “The addition of Guidance Aviation to our list of amazing scholarship sponsors is a welcome addition to our program. The instrument rating will both expand and enhance our program tremendously, thus allowing our organization to provide more scholarships than ever before.”

“We strongly support the Whirly-Girls organization and believe that one of the most important missions to pursue is getting more women into helicopter aviation. That is why, in addition to our Level 1 sponsorship of the Whirly-Girls over the next three years, we are please to provide the Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship. I can’t think of a better way to get more ladies flying. We need them in the industry,” states John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation.

Prospective female applicants are encouraged to go to to find out more about the Guidance Aviation Instrument Scholarship - Helicopter and apply, or, email “Colleen Chen” at the Whirly-Girls, for more information.

Guidance Aviation is an FAA approved Part 141 helicopter flight training institution with flight operations in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Through their collegiate partner programs, graduates earn both their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Aviation Technology – Helicopters, and the necessary FAA certificates and ratings (CFI-I) to become working, professional helicopter pilots.  Guidance Aviation is a military friendly organization. The majority of its employees and students are U.S. Military Veterans.

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King Air First Officer Financial Assistance Opportunity

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
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King Air First Officer Financial Assistance Opportunity
Scholarship Program
Our company provides three scholarships per year of $2,000 usd for qualified applicants.  The award will be used for flight training, ground instruction, and one month of housing costs if needed.
The three scholarships consist of the following categories:
Private Pilot 
This award is for a individual having no flight time and/or aviation training.  Determination of qualified applicants will be based upon the following:
o  Be enrolled, or plan to be enrolled, for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four year college, university, technical, etc.).  A GPA of 3.0 or higher, and minimum age of 16 years old is required to apply.
o  Have demonstrated or expressed a genuine interest in a career in aviation.  Provide examples of membership in aviation clubs, activities, or involvement in professional aviation organizations.
 Instrument Pilot
o  Be enrolled, or plan to be enrolled, for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four year college, university, technical, etc.).  A GPA of 3.0 or higher, and minimum age of 16 years old is required to apply.
o  Have completed the Private Pilot Rating.
o  Provide letters of recommendation from Flight Schools, Certified Flight Instructors that have provided instruction leading to the Private Pilot Rating
o  Provide copies of flight log books showing flight experience.
Professional Pilot
o  Be enrolled, or plan to be enrolled, for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four year college, university, technical, etc.).  A GPA of 3.0 or higher, and minimum age of 16 years old is required to apply.
o  Have completed the Private Pilot Rating, and Instrument Pilot Rating.
o  Provide letters of recommendation from Flight Schools, and Certified Flight Instructors that have provided instruction leading to the Private Pilot and/or Instrument Rating.
o  Provide copies of flight log books showing flight experience.

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We offer a total of three scholarships per year, one scholarship for each category of training.  Since the training dates for each of these categories will vary depending upon the schedule of the applicants selected, we will accept applications at any time during the year.

Selection Criteria
Selection will be based on the applicant’s Scholarship Entry Form and Essay:  Interest in becoming a professional pilot and/or pursuing a career in aviation;  extra-curricular activities;  recommendations of teachers, flight instructors, and/or other references provided by the applicant;  and academic record.  The top five (5) candidates may be called for a personal interview via Skype or Facetime when the next scholarship comes available.
Application Process
1.  Prepare a 500 word essay regarding your desire to pursue a career in aviation, and the steps that you have taken to reach this goal.
2.  Provide certified copies of all high school, technical, trade, vocational, and/or colleges attended.  Be sure that all grades are reflected along with the GPA (Grade Point Average).
3.  Three letters of recommendations from people you know you well.
4.  Please submit your interest at:
Please advise which scholarship your application is for as well as your contact information.
The award of this scholarship does not cover the costs of obtaining TSA approval and/or obtaining a student visa if you are a not a citizen of the United States.  These expenses must be paid before the scholarship can be used.
Successful applicants have three months (3) to use the scholarship from the date of the award.  If the scholarship is not used within the three months after it is awarded the scholarship shall be forfeited and given to the next successful applicant.

Privacy Policy

All information collected from applicants will be retained for one year, and will ONLY be used to determine eligibility for scholarships.  No information will be released and/or shared with any other entities.  Any student information can only be shared if students give their permission and for the purpose of awarding scholarships.  No students will be automatically enrolled to receive extraneous emails and/or solicitations of any sort.  Students will only receive further communication regarding their individual application, and no information will be shared for email distribution lists.

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Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians – Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Airframe mechanics can work on many aircraft electrical systems.
Quick Facts: Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians
2012 Median Pay $55,230 per year
$26.55 per hour
Entry-Level Education See How to Become One
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 138,900
Job Outlook, 2012-22 2% (Little or no change)
Employment Change, 2012-22 3,500

What Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians Do

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Work Environment

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians work in hangars, in repair stations, or on airfields. They must often meet strict deadlines to maintain flight schedules. The environment can be loud because of aircraft engines and equipment. Workers frequently bend, stoop, and reach from ladders and scaffolds. Most mechanics and technicians work full time; overtime and weekend work is common.

How to Become an Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanic or Technician

Most aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians learn their trade at an FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School. Others enter with a high school education or equivalent and are trained on the job. Some workers enter the occupation after receiving training in the military. Aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians are typically certified by the FAA.


In May 2012, the median annual wage for aircraft mechanics and service technicians was $55,210. The median annual wage for avionics technicians was $55,350 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Job prospects will be best for mechanics who hold an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate.

Similar Occupations

Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians with similar occupations.

More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians,
on the Internet at (visited January 29, 2015).

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Alpine Aviation Academy – Intro Flight

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Alpine Aviation Academy – Intro Flight 


A Intro Flight  at Alpine Aviation Academy really is your first flying lesson. This deal allows the purchaser a chance to literally discover firsthand what flying an aircraft is all about and puts you in the air with a FAA-Certified Flight Instructor for a REAL FLYING LESSON! You’ll actually sit in the pilot’s seat and learn to fly. You’ll have your hands on the controls and experience what flying a helicopter or airplane is all about and more importantly, you’ll get to discover that flying is easier to learn than most people could imagine. This is also an opportunity for you to sit down with an actual pilot that has gone through the flight training process and answer any questions that you might have.

A Intro Flight makes the perfect gift for someone you wish to INSPIRE with that special one of a kind gift. The person that uses this certificate actually flies a REAL aircraft in the Pilot seat!!

Contact us today to schedule your Intro Flight in the helicopter, airplane, or both! Other than enjoying the rush and excitement an intro flight brings, making sure we can help answer all your questions is just as important! So please bring all your questions! Call for pricing as they may vary depending on specials and circumstances.

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“UAV Pilot Training: 5 Things to consider”

Monday, January 26th, 2015

UAV Pilot Training

Five Things to consider

UAV pilot training is becoming an increasingly popular flight training option. Still in the early phases of development, the UAV industry is an exciting industry to follow, but one that is often difficult to understand and often breeds misconceptions. If you’re interested in UAVs and UAV pilot training, you should consider several things before starting your training.

UAV pilot training is all new

Modern UAVs are so much more than glorified remote control planes. They are in a near constant state of development, with new models rapidly out pacing the capabilities of models of just a few years ago. Not to mention, the FAA has struggled to keep pace with regard to establishing a framework to govern UAV pilot certification. The end result is that UAV pilot training is all new and changes a lot. Those interested in UAV pilot training would do well to follow the FAA’s UAS Integration initiative (

UAV pilot training might not be available to you

Due in part to its newness, UAV pilot training isn’t yet widely available. New training providers are regularly starting courses in anticipation of the FAA developing a real UAS pilot certificate, but training is still likely to require a bit of travel on your part. Many of the best training providers are also heavily involved in UAV research in general, including several colleges an universities who recently sponsored test site proposals. As such, you might also need to be accepted to that college or university in general before being able to actually enroll in UAV pilot training.

Learning to fly UAVs isn’t any easier than regular flight training

The only real difference in flying a UAV and flying a more conventional aircraft is the location of the pilot. It is a common misconception that flying UAVs is some how less difficult than regular flying, but this is simply not accurate. If anything, flying a UAV is more difficult due to the lack of physical sensations of motion. In either case, learning to fly UAVs requires the same understanding of scientific and technical principles of flight as any flight training program.

UAV flight training is rapidly changing

As the FAA progresses through the process of integrating UAS into the National Airspace System, they continue to develop best practices and guidelines for training that will provide the basis for the UAV pilot certification process. While there are currently no UAV pilot certificates, it is only reasonable to expect at least a commercial certification to be developed and required in order to operate a UAV. Until such a time as that certification becomes available, it is likely there will be numerous changes and developments to cope with.

UAV pilot training is for the future

It is most important to understand that, unlike helicopter flight training for example, UAV pilot training is for the future. It is certainly not the distant future, but you can’t exactly walk out of a UAV pilot training program into a nice 9 to 5 job flying remotely-piloted aircraft. Please don’t let that stop you from pursuing UAV pilot training, but do be aware that you’re developing skills for the future in a fascinating and innovative career field.

UAV pilot training is experiencing rapid growth and provides the skills of the future. Blended with a current flight training program for more conventional aircraft, you are not only setting the stage for an exciting career today, but you will provide the basis for a very exciting and lucrative future career that will be not only exceptionally interesting but very rewarding.

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GI Bill: Education for Veterans Including Careers in Aviation!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits:

If you are interested in a career in aviation and you are a Veteran, now is the time to take advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to further your education! The PostGI Bill Careers in Aviation 9/11 GI Bill was put into effect in 2008 to provide education benefits for Veterans who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. The VA-administered program provides benefits that are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty.  For approved members, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty and can include:

  • Up to 100% Tuition and Fee Coverage
  • A Monthly Living (Housing) Stipend
  • Up to $1000 a year for Books and Supplies
  • A One Time Relocation Allowance
  • The Option to Transfer Benefits to Family MembersPost 9/11 GI Bill Benefit Chart

Types of Training Covered:

The following educational benefits are approved under the Post 9/11 GI Bill:

  • College degree programs including Associate, Bachelor, and advanced degree programs
  • Vocational/Technical Training including non-college degree programs
  • On-the-job/Apprenticeship Training
  • Licensing & Certification Training
  • National Testing Programs such as SAT, CLEP, AP, etc
  • Flight Training
  • Correspondence Training
  • Entrepreneurship Training
  • Work-study programs

In conjunction with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, there is the Yellow Ribbon Program, which can add additional financial help to the GI Bill benefits for qualifying Veterans. You can also transfer your benefits to your spouse or dependents! Take advantage of this great opportunity you have earned by serving your country. Once the VA has received your application they will determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and you will be on your way to a new career…. possibly in AVIATION!

To apply for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits: VA Form 22-1990.

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Airline Industry Leaders Gather at Embry-Riddle to Discuss Pilot Shortage

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Airline Industry Leaders Gather at Embry-Riddle to Discuss Pilot Shortage

James Roddey
Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 09:00 AM

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Embry-Riddle Airline Transport Pilot Certification grads Ethan Connor and Chin-Hsuan Hung

Representatives from the White House, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), major U.S. airlines, including Delta, American, Southwest, United and JetBlue, and many regional carriers met at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus Jan.13 for a two-day Pilot Supply and Demand Summit.

Boeing has forecast a need in North America over the next two decades for 88,000 new commercial pilots. Stringent new FAA safety training rules to qualify first officers and the looming demand for new pilots is creating the need for comprehensive solutions from the airline industry, regulators and educators to address the potential professional pilot shortage.

“We were asked by the airline industry to convene a summit composed of airline representatives, federal officials and industry leaders to discuss the critical issue of pilot supply,” said Dr. Tim Brady, Dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle. “Despite a national debate on both sides of the pilot supply issue, the regional airlines are already feeling the effect. The shortage of qualified pilots has already begun to impact them deeply.”

Pilot Supply and Demand Summit discussions include new FAA flight training standards, manufacturing demands and forecasts, regional and legacy airline pilot attrition and hiring demands and how aviation universities like Embry-Riddle can support the industry.

For more information on the Pilot Supply and Demand Summit, contact Dr. Tim Brady @ (386) 226-6849. 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle), and find expert videos at

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Office: (386) 226-6198

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