If anyone tells you that high altitude training is not that important, think again. If they tell you all the training is the same, keep thinking. Now look below at the excerpts of a letter written by Chief Pilot, Jason Fawson of Maverick Helicopters. Maverick operates the largest fleet of ECO-Star helicopters in the world.
“Dear Mr. Stonecipher (President & CEO, Guidance Aviation),
… The morning was well spent emphasizing concerns surrounding the current shortage and impending demand of qualified helicopter pilots to support this industry.
… As you are well aware, the mountainous regions encompassing the Grand Canyon is among the most challenging of flight environments. The “Density Altitude” as well as the “Wind Phenomenon” we experience in this region makes it particularly challenging.
… Maverick Airstar has been very pleased with your (Guidance) graduates which we have employed, and their level of professionalism.
The high altitude training and mountain flying techniques that you teach in Prescott have been well suited to our operations. Having trained with Guidance myself, I have found the Guidance Aviation program to be exemplary. With the establishment of the Veterans program at Guidance, it is producing pilots whom are very well suited to handle the needs of industry professionals such as myself.
… As a Veteran Owned Organization, I would further like to express my appreciation for the veteran component of your program. The reintegration of our military personnel into civilian life is of particular importance to not only our organization, but also the industry as a whole.”
Guidance Aviation was established in 1998, and was the first FAA approved Part 141 high altitude training facility in the United States.
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