Archive for October, 2011

Helicopter Pilots Find Two Missing Arizona Men

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Search and Rescue pilots Billy Ringer, Chief Instructor Pilot, Guidance Aviation, and Kenan Bahadir, Instructor Pilot, Guidance Aviation, claimed another happy ending to a search and rescue when the Guidance helicopter flight crew found two men who were missing over night.

On October 18, 2011, Guidance Aviation was contacted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Offices (YCSO) at 9:40am local time to conduct a search and rescue for two missing men.

The Guidance Aviation Search and Rescue Crew took off at 10:30am local time and traveled on a heading of 157 degrees for approximately 25 miles.  By 10:45am, contact was made with the two missing men and the Guidance Aviation Search and Rescue Crew successfully dropped a survival bag near the men on the ground.  The Guidance air crew then led the search and rescue ground crew to the location of the two men from the air.

Great job Billy Ringer and Kenan Bahadir of Guidance Aviation and YCSO!

Related Links:
Search and Rescue, April 2011
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Arizona Flight Training – North-Aire / at Yavapai College

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Skycatcher & Citation JetNorth-Aire Aviation LLC announces it has been chosen to provide the flight-training component of Yavapai College’s new Professional Airplane Pilot Flight Program.

Starting in January, this relationship allows both veterans and civilians to couple an Associate of Applied Science Degree with advanced flight certifications, providing a career path into the aviation industry. The program allows veterans who qualify for the post 9/11 GI Bill Program to take fixed wing flight courses through Yavapai College.

According to North-Aire Aviation spokesperson Justin Scott, “Through our program’s unique partnership with Yavapai College, veterans and civilians alike have access to an FAA-certified Part 141, Part 61 flight school through a public community college.”

North-Aire has been in business since 1973 as a Cessna pilot center providing private pilot through ATP certificates to students representing all 50 states and 47 countries.

Other certificates offered include high altitude and aerobatic training as well as seaplane ratings and tail wheel endorsements.

For more information on the new flight training program, contact Renee Alanis at the Yavapai College Admissions Office (

Anyone interested in learning more about Yavapai College Aviation Degree programs should visit

North-Aire can be reached at (928) 445-8320,, or

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iPads in Cockpits – Boeing Recommends Airlines Make the Switch

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is attempting to move navigational practices into the digital age with its newest policy: advising pilots to carry iPads in the cockpit instead of paper.

The reason? Traditionally, pilots have had to carry around volumes of different maps and manuals, which can be cumbersome and confusing to use. But with the ease of the iPad — and a new generation of pilots familiar with its use — the whole process of navigation is faster and safer.

Apparently, some companies have already taken the initiative. United Continental Holdings Inc. has purchased 11,000 of the hand held devices, which are manufactured by Apple Inc., for its pilots. Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines no longer even uses paper manuals, instead opting for iPads.

Boeing’s charting unit, Jeppesen provides the electronic charts, instrument procedures, and airport diagrams needed for the shift to the iPad. Its application (or “app”) is available for a simple download from Apple’s store, iTunes, giving pilots all the information they need in the cockpit. Charts are updated are updated online, cutting down on the need to constantly replace old written instructions with new ones.

Jeppesen is planning to add a similar application for Android devices soon. The company already has more customers than any other provider of information for navigation and programs for flight training. Its resources are widely used not only by pilots, but also sailors and railway operators.

Sherry Carbary, the vice president for flight services at Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, seems confident that the newest technology can help the industry. In particular she cites how easy it is to utilize the iPad for multiple issues: for example, pilots can not only use it for navigation, but on the job training during flights.

She also notes how convenient the iPad is for transportation; aside from its use in the airplane cockpit, the small device can be carried around with much more ease than a stack of paper maps and manuals. This means that pilots can bring their important data to be studied at home or in their hotel rooms between fights.


Veterans Help Veterans – GI Bill Benefits for Helicopter Training

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

US Military Veterans and flight students receiving their solo wings at the recent GA BBQ 2011

Curtis Marshall, Veteran, Sergeant, US Marines and Jason Martin, Veteran, Sergeant, US Army, have dream jobs working as professional helicopter pilots.  These dream jobs have been created by the unique programs offered by Guidance Aviation and Yavapai College.

Marshall is a helicopter instructor pilot and Martin an instrument rated helicopter pilot working on his commercial rating.  Both head up student services at Guidance Aviation, providing assistance to fellow veterans who want to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to become professional helicopter pilots.

Marshall is an ideal case study for veterans looking to become professional pilots using their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.  He relocated from Boston to Prescott, Arizona where he used his Post 9/11 benefits at Guidance Aviation and acquired his flight instructor rating.  Upon graduating, Guidance Aviation hired Marshall not only as a flight instructor, but also as Manager of Student Services.

guidance_helicopter_facts “It’s a dream job and I am perfectly suited for it.  I can realize my dream of flight and I am also provided the opportunity to assist my fellow veterans with the daunting task of addressing all the concerns, questions and of course, paperwork associated with leveraging your GI benefits for flight training.  Having already accomplished this goal, it makes it a lot easier for me to assist other veterans coming into the program,” states Marshall.

Marshall’s cohort in the student services program at Guidance Aviation is Jason Martin.  Martin spent 4.5 years in the US Army with over 30 months spent in Iraq as a combat engineer.

“Once this program became available, I realized it was a once in lifetime opportunity, something no other veterans have been offered before us,” states Martin.  “I had been trying to fly in the military for so long but the selection process to fly for the military is lengthy and difficult.  The Post 9/11 GI Bill allows me to start flying now.  I am now an instrument rated pilot working on my commercial certificate.  Best of all, working in student services allows me to get the word out to other vets that want to fly.”
If you are currently serving in the military, or a veteran, and you are looking to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for flight training, contact Curtis or Jason at Guidance Aviation

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