Archive for January, 2013

Using Veteran’s Benefits To Pay For Aviation Maintenance Training

Monday, January 28th, 2013
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If you’re considering using veteran’s benefits to pay for aviation maintenance training, but you’re not familiar with the process, we’ve got a few pointers that should help you not only find VA-approved aviation maintenance training, but also understand several new benefits that will help you fund your aviation maintenance training using your veteran’s benefits.

In our new article Using Veteran’s Benefits To Pay For Aviation Maintenance Training: Three Things to Know, we offer several items to know about using veteran’s benefits to pay for aviation maintenance training, including that aviation maintenance training programs require VA approval for reimbursement. The following is a sample of the article, click through to read the entire article:

The requirements for receiving an aviation mechanic certificate are standardized, but there is still a lot of variation in training programs. Since the VA mandates a fairly stringent approval process and there are ongoing paperwork requirements, most schools have a VA representative who is very familiar with the system. This representative, the approval process, and the paperwork have a net effect of improving the quality of your aviation mechanic training by weeding out weak training courses and keeping you active in your training. Once you start training, most of the paperwork can be a managed for you, allowing you to focus on your avaition mechanic training.

In fact, this is the most important takeaway. The strigent requirements of the Post 9/11 GI Bill create better-equipped schools, more efficient training courses, and save you money during your aviation mechanic training…read more >>

Click here to locate VA-approved aviation maintenance training near you.

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Guidance Aviation Graduates help keep ECO-Star tour helicopters flying

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

turbine helicopter on the rampIf 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.

Helicopter cockpit… 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.

Guidance Aviation logo… 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.”

Best Regards,

Jason Fawson
Chief Pilot
Maverick Airstar

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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Air Traffic Control Career: What kind of jobs are available?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
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If you’re considering an air traffic control career, but you’re not sure where you can work, keep reading for more information about the air traffic control facilities where air traffic controllers work.

In our new article Air Traffic Control Career: Where can I work, we run down the 3 major air traffic control facilities that employ air traffic controllers across the nation, such as air traffic control towers and TRACONs. The following is just a sample of the article, be sure to click through to read the whole thing:

Last but not least, en-route controllers handle all the airspace between major metropolitan areas. They typically work in dedicated facilities that are much larger than airport towers known as “centers.” The center controllers work together to handle all traffic in specific regions by relying on long-range radar and radio services. Once an aircraft is near its destination, the center controller will hand it off to approach control, who in turn will sequence the aircraft before handing it off to the tower controllers who will issue the landing clearance.

Air traffic controllers are an essential element of the aviation formula. They allow pilots to focus on flying their aircraft by providing weather services and helping pilots maintain separation in the sky. While the job may not come with as much glory as the pilot, air traffic controllers are the linchpin that keep the entire system safe and efficient… read more >>

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Virginia Aircraft Mechanic School Gets New Planes

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics (SOA) recently formed a partnership with Dynamic Aviation, a partnership that will provide numerous benefits, including the donation of a King Air 90 Turbine aircraft.

Dynamic Aviation is the self-proclaimed “leading provider of innovative solutions for government and commercial organizations worldwide.”

According to Dean of the SOA Gen. David Young, the King Air is a non-operational aircraft that will serve as a learning tool for students in the Aviation Technician Maintenance program. Young said that the new aircraft will be very helpful to aircraft mechanic students.

Capt. Ernie Rogers, associate dean of the SOA, said in an article by the Liberty University News Service that nearly 100 percent of the students in the Aviation Technician Maintenance program graduate and are placed in the job market.

Learn more about Virginia aircraft mechanic school Liberty University

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Using the GI Bill: Veteran Finds Helicopter Flight Training Adventure

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
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D. Micale during his training. He is now a CFI-I, teaching high altitude helicopter flight training at Guidance Aviation of Prescott, AZ

“Helicopters mean adventure! Ever since I was old enough to pretend a flashlight was a cyclic, I’ve had an interest in helicopters. But my path to Guidance Aviation was a circuitous one.  I was a landscaper, teaching assistant, Army Officer, and geologist before finally getting an opportunity to start helicopter flight training using my Veterans benefits.

“I’m continually impressed with the Guidance Aviation helicopter flight training program. It is safe, well thought out, and students are provided with all the tools to succeed. The high altitude training and scenery at Guidance is outstanding. I enjoy teaching in the helicopter, and also look forward to someday flying glacier tours in Alaska as I’ve always loved the high country and enjoy the outdoors.  When I’m not out flying helicopters, you may find me indoors pursuing another passion of mine – blacksmithing.”

– David C. Micale, CFI-I, Instructor Pilot, Guidance Aviation

Learn more about how you can attain your aviation goals by attending Guidance Aviation in Prescott, Arizona

Colleges Merge, New Georgia Flight School Is Born

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Middle Georgia State College aviation school studentMiddle Georgia State College – a new baccalaureate-granting institution with five campuses located throughout the region – today became a reality, and along with it, the Middle Georgia State College School of Aviation. The new Georgia flight school offers aviation training in Aviation Maintenance / Avionics, Aviation Management, Air Traffic Controller Training, and Flight training for both fixed wing and rotary wing (helicopters).

Nearly one year to the day after recommending the consolidation of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, meeting today, voted unanimously to make it official. The Macon and Warner Robins campuses of the former Macon State College and the Cochran, Dublin and Eastman campuses of the former Middle Georgia College now form a single institution that is expected to become a university within a few years.

  • MGSC logoBased on the fall 2012 enrollments of the formerly separate institutions, Middle Georgia State has a current enrollment of about 8,800 students. It offers 20 bachelor’s degrees, along with a wide variety of associate’s degrees. Some certificate programs, mostly concentrated at Middle Georgia State’s Aviation Campus in Eastman, are also offered. Student housing is located on the Macon, Cochran and Eastman campuses.
  • Middle Georgia State’s academic schools are: School of Aviation; School of Business; School of Distance Education; School of Education; School of Health Sciences; School of Information Technology; School of Liberal Arts; School of Science and Mathematics; and School of Social Sciences. Each school has a dean. All schools except Distance Education are further divided into academic departments, each with a chairperson.

The Eastman Campus in Dodge County is devoted almost entirely to aviation programs. It is the only campus in the University System of Georgia that includes flight training and airport management programs. Located adjacent to the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport, the campus takes up 22 acres, including five acres of building space. The primary academic building houses classrooms, teaching labs and computer labs. There are five hangars located in the main building for storage and maintenance of a fleet of airplanes and helicopters used in training and instruction. Eastman is a residential campus and offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and certificates related to aviation.

For more information, call MGSC’s Student Services Coordinator, Christy Faulk, at (478) 448-4703 or e-mail her at

Helicopter Jobs For Veterans Returning From Service | Upper Limit Aviation

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

American veterans put their lives on hold for the country’s benefit, sometimes leaving behind easier opportunities to answer a call of duty. Helicopter jobs for veterans returning from service offer the chance to find success with an exciting job in a growing industry. Sometimes when veterans get home, they return to a radically changed job market. Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-435-4338) recognizes that many veterans have relevant experience that they’ll jump at the chance to apply somewhere within the civillian workforce. Veterans from all branches of service have access to funding to pay for aviation flight training at Upper Limit Aviation thanks to the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Helicopter Jobs For Veterans Returning From Service

Exciting aviation careers await today’s veterans at Upper Limit Aviation

Veterans return with many advantageous skill sets and a rock solid work ethic that lends itself naturally to do the rewarding work demanded of helicopter pilots. Many servicemen are eager to get back to an action oriented job that comes with big financial rewards. While some veterans may already have extensive experience working with helicopters, all returning soldiers will benefit from the education and flight training offered by Upper Limit Aviation. Helicopters are a growth industry, and the education and experience veterans receive from the elite training experience offered by Upper Limit Aviation will find them poised to write their own ticket job-wise. Helicopter jobs for veterans returning from service offer the assurance of opportunity.

Aviation School for Veterans and the Post-9/11 GI Bill

Upper Limit Aviation offers one of the best integrated Post-9/11 GI Bill flight training programs in the country. Thanks to its partnership with Salt Lake Community College, veterans enrolled in the Professional Pilot (AAS) degree program have access to funds that could pay for their entire aviation education. The possibility of receiving fully subsidized flight training in a growth industry is further sweetened by the fact that Upper Limit Aviation’s graduates leave their training secure in the knowledge that Upper Limit Aviation grads have a 100% employment rate. A job can be tough to find these days, let alone a job in a field as exciting as helicopter aviation. Helicopter jobs for veterans returning from service represent a great chance for success for many future pilots.

To begin working toward your exciting career in aviation, call Upper Limit Aviation at 1-855-HELIEDU (1-855-435-4338).

Using Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits To Pay For Helicopter Flight Training

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
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If you’re considering following up your service in the US Military with a career as a commercial helicopter pilot, but you’re not sure about all the details of the new benefits afforded to you by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, we’ve got a rundown of several considerations that should help you understand some of the new benefits and how they can directly benefit your training.

In our new article How To Use Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits To Pay For Helicopter Flight Training we offer three things to consider when using your Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to pay for most of your helicopter flight training, such as the increase of reimbursed training costs from 60% to 100%. The following is just a sample, be sure to click through to read the entire article:

Helicopter flight training costs up to $10,000 dollar per academic year can be reimbursed

For qualified veterans, the Post 9/11 GI Bill increases reimbursed training costs from 60% to 100% with one significant area of concern. That is, the bill introduces a $10,000 dollar per academic year ceiling on reimbursements. While this is certainly worth noting, it isn’t cause for much alarm since most courses can be easily completed for less. read more >>

Click here to VA-approved helicopter training near you.

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