Archive for March, 2013

Supporting Those Who Dare To Build A Better Future

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Starr LogoSTARR Aviation Joins Think Global Flight and Aviation’s “Who’s Who” Line Up To Promote Education Worldwide

Atlanta, GA., March, 2013 – Starr Aviation, a division of Starr Indemnity & Liability Company, recently joined the ranks of Jeppesen, Garmin, Cirrus Aircraft, Guidance Aviation, and many other aviation leaders in support of Think Global Flight ( ), the worldwide effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education (S.T.E.M.) to elementary school children across the globe.

Star Aviation specializes in aviation underwriting, claims, and safety & loss control services in the insurance industry. Starr Aviation’s parent company, STARR Companies, encapsulates their mission and services best on the home website; “We are STARR Companies, a global insurance corporation that supports those who dare by putting our name on the bottom line. In Ink.  For the whole world to see.  So the great achievers in our society actually achieve, and build something better for us all:  The future.”

Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President of Starr Aviation’s Light Aircraft department comments on the partnership with Think Global Flight; “Starr Aviation is proud to be a small part of such a global and worthwhile project. Our company stands for those that think outside of the box while pushing limits and Think Global Flight does just that in their cause to promote greater awareness of S.T.E.M. by way of an around-the-world flight adventure. President Abraham Lincoln put it best ‘You never stand so tall as when you stoop to help a child’. Think Global Flight is certainly standing tall.”

Think Global Cirrus SR22The Think Global Flight Crew and its Cirrus SR20 G3, donated by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona, are scheduled to take off in April of 2014 and fly around the world, stopping at schools in numerous countries to promote S.T.E.M. education and what the promises of aviation and aerospace hold for our future pilots, aeronautical engineers, and aerospace professionals.  This effort is unique in that Think Global is leveraging the latest in aviation and web based technologies to communicate with the school kids around the globe, in real time, delivering S.T.E.M. based curricula relating to the flight.  While in flight, the crew will be contacting Student Command Centers (SCC’s) via satellite phone to discuss flight planning, weather, international relations, and weight and balance requirements.  Students may also log into the website to access curricula developed by education and aviation professionals.

This April, 2013, the Think Global Flight Cirrus SR20 G3 will be on display along with its flight crew, Captain Judy Rice and Navigator Fred Nauer at the Sun n’ Fun Air show in Lakeland, Florida.




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Air Traffic Controller Training: Where do I start?

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
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If air traffic controller training is in your future, but you don’t know where to start, let us help. We’ve got a few air traffic controller training tips that will help you find a good air traffic controller training program and introduce some of the skills and knowledge you’ll need to acquire during your training.

In our new article Air Traffic Controller Training: Where do I start, we cover the major aspects of getting started with air traffic controller training, including applying for an air traffic control job. The following is just part of the article, click through to read the rest:

Finally, once you’re hired, the FAA will send you to Oklahoma City to their Air Traffic Controller Academy for 12 weeks of intensive training on the ATC system, regulations, and equipment. Thankfully, if you’re a graduate of an AT-CTI program, you may be able to bypass the first five weeks of training. Once you’ve graduated from the academy, you will receive an assignment to a real air traffic control facility for an additional 2 to 4 years of on-the-job-training. If you make it through all that training, you’re all set for one of the most fulfilling careers available today.

As you can tell, air traffic controller careers are not for the faint of heart. The training is extensive, but it has to be, because ATC is a high-stakes career…read more >>

Find an Air Traffic Controller School – click here

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Helicopter Pilot Training Success: Career Placements!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Congratulations to Guidance Aviation flight instructors Alex Clark, CFI-I, Mark Galvin, CFI-I, Billy Ringer, CFI-I and Kyle Shuffler, CFI-I.   Clark and Galvin both recently landed jobs at NorthStar Trekking while Ringer and Shuffler have taken positions at Maverick Helicopters.  Congrats guys!




 “My sister, who was studying aeronautical engineering at Embry-Riddle, recommended Guidance Aviation. I did some research on the web and then scheduled my intro flight at Guidance.

It took me about 18 months to go from Private Pilot to CFI-I. About 10 months after earning my CFI-I, I was hired on at Guidance as a flight instructor. March 3, 2013 will be my two year anniversary as a flight instructor.

Recently, our school’s CEO, John Stonecipher, took me out to lunch to discuss the opportunity at NorthStar Trekking.

Mr. Stonecipher made the call to NorthStar’s Director of Operations and wrote a letter of recommendation for me as a pilot candidate. Most importantly, Mr. Stonecipher provided me a lot of encouragement and boosted my confidence. I am forever grateful for this.

I have always thought flying in Alaska would be a great experience. After a year of flying NorthStar tour operations, I can do some heli-skiing ops. I will be flying the AS350B2 (The ASTAR) – many EMS pilots fly these.

I need to thank a few people. I would not be here without the support of my family and friends. My dad has helped me so much with the financial aspect of my training.  Chris Horton, Manager of Flight Operations at Guidance, helped revise my resume and forced me to turn it in one last time into Guidance. That was when Guidance hired me.  Billy Ringer and Ben DeHoyos believed in me and actually were the ones to hire me. Thank you Guidance for the excellent training. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”  -Alex Clark, CFI-I




 I found Guidance while I was a student at ERAU. The program took me about 24 months to acquire my CFI-I, but that includes a whole semester off to complete my degree in Aviation Business and Economics.

I heard about the NorthStar Trekking opportunity from Alex Clark and John Stonecipher, President, CEO, Guidance Aviation.

Mr. Stonecipher was a monumental influence in helping me get this job. He made the call to NorthStar and that was that!

I hope to get into heli-skiing and fire contracts after a season as a tour pilot.” -Mark Galvin, CFI-I




“I heard about the Maverick Helicopters position in late 2012 through John Stonecipher, CEO, President, Guidance Aviation. Both Mr. Stonecipher and Dave Roy, Director of Flight Operations, Guidance Aviation, provided recommendations and the job became a reality for the 2013 season.” -William “Billy” Ringer, CFI-I



Kyle Shuffler, CFI-I

Congratulations Kyle on your new job at Maverick Helicopters!








Jay Van Wagenen, Guidance Graduate, flies for ERA:

Nathan Lyon, Guidance Graduate, flies for Old City Helicopters:

Kenan Bahadir, Guidance Graduate, flies for Maverick Helicopters:

ATP Supports Women in Aviation through Scholarship Award

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Tonya Hodson, left. Courtney Dennis, ATP, right.

March 14, 2013 – Jacksonville, FL – ATP announced today that Tonya Susann Hodson, from Salina, KS is the recipient of a 10-hour Multi-Engine Instructor Rating Scholarship to be presented at the 24th annual Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference taking place this week in Nashville, TN. The presentation of this award represents a continued effort by ATP to support the work of Women in Aviation and its members. The scholarship awarded is valued at $4,000.

Tonya Susann Hodson is a student of Kansas State University in Salina, Kansas who anticipates graduating with Bachelors of Science in the Professional Pilot program in December of 2013.  She currently holds commercial pilot certificates for both single- and multi-engine aircraft is working on her flight instructor certificate.  A Dean’s Honor Roll student, Tonya has also been active as an Air Race Classic Top Ten Competitor, a competitor in and organizer of the National Intercollegiate Flight Association’s SAFECON Safety Conference, and has taken both formation and aerobatic flight training.  When asked about her aviation career goals, Tonya said, “in five years I will be employed in the aviation industry sharing my experience and expertise. In ten years, my career will be secure providing training and instruction through knowledge, leadership, and passion.”  Tonya wants to give back to the aviation industry in every way she can.

“ATP recognizes the importance of supporting students and especially the next generation of female aviators,” said ATP Vice President, Jim Koziarski.  “The recommendations of faculty at Kansas State University highlight Tonya’s professionalism and the passion she brings to her aviation career goals, making her a recipient I know ATP will be proud to help succeed in aviation.”

For more information about ATP, visit or visit ATP at the conference at Booth #1023.

In 1984, ATP pioneered accelerated, professional multi-engine flight training with an emphasis on pilot career development. Today ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program prepares pilots for airline careers with nationwide flying experience in multi-engine aircraft. In partnership with the leading regional and national airlines, ATP offers its students an airline-sponsored career track from zero time to 1500 hours, with CFI job placement and airline employment. ATP flies over 9,000 hours to provide more than 350 FAA pilot certificates every month across 28 locations nationwide. As America’s largest flight school, ATP provides more pilots to the regional airlines than any other single flight school, college, or academy.

Avionics Technician Training: Why Become an Avionics Technician?

Monday, March 11th, 2013
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If you’re considering a career as an avionics technician, but you’re not sure if you’ll like it, we’ve got a collection of reasons to become an avionics technician that should help you decide.

In our new article Avionics Technician Training: Three Reasons to Become an Avionics Technician we offer three major reasons becoming an avionics technicians makes for a great career, such as expanding use of advanced avionics. The following is just a portion of the article, be sure to click through and read it all:

Even the smallest aircraft these days are sporting avionics that weren’t available in some of the largest, most-advanced aircraft of yesteryear. With a large market of retrofit glass panels available even the oldest aircraft are starting to require attention from a qualified avionics technician. With these trends in modern aircraft and as the airlines purchase even more advanced aircraft, avionics technician training will become a prized asset at any level of aircraft maintenance shop, from the tiny one man shop to the huge airline depots…read more >>

Click here to locate avionics technician training near you.

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Getting Your Aviation Degree Online: Three Perks of Online Aviation Degrees

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
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If you’re considering an airline career, you probably need a four year degree. If there aren’t any local schools offering aviation degrees, you might wish to consider getting an online aviation degree. Even if a local school does offer aviation degrees, we’ve the perks of online aviation degrees are hard to resist.

In our new article Getting Your Aviation Degree Online: Three Perks of Online Aviation Degrees we discuss three major perks of getting your aviation degree online, such as saving money and studying at your own pace. The following is just a sample, be sure to click through and read the entire article:

One of the greatest perks of getting your aviation degree online is that it allows you to train anywhere. Many people bundle flight training at their local airport with an online aviation degree to avoid having to move away for school. Similarly, maybe you know of a school offering $50 plane rentals that will drastically cut your flight training expenses, but there are no colleges nearby offering aviation degrees. Either of these situations are perfect for getting an online aviation degree…read more >>

Click here to locate online aviation degrees.

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Guidance Aviation to transport helicopter flight students and instructors to HAI Helicopter Career Fair at HELI-EXPO 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013


HAI Helicopter Career Fair great opportunity for helicopter flight students and instructors

HELI-EXPO 2013, Las Vegas, NV. – Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona, the nation’s first FAA approved Part 141 high altitude helicopter flight training facility, will be transporting its flight students and instructors to the 11th Annual HAI Helicopter Industry Job Fair at HELI-EXPO 2013 on Tuesday, March 05, 2013.  The students and instructors are being provided round trip transportation, box breakfasts, and show passes to HELI-EXPO 2013.

“Our job isn’t done until our graduates are placed into industry.  This is a great opportunity for our current students and flight instructors to get in front of prospective employers and industry leaders.  We are grateful to HAI for this event,” says John Stonecipher, President, CEO, Guidance Aviation.

Recently, four of Guidance Aviation‘s instructor pilots landed jobs in industry with two instructors earning spots at NorthStar Trekking while two more have landed jobs with Maverick Helicopters.



Established in 1998, Guidance is a leader in aviation and aerospace training program development and delivery.

From career training of civilians and U.S. Military Veterans, to the development of customized training and

management programs for our collegiate and corporate partners, Guidance’s depth of knowledge and

commitment to continuous improvement is the foundation of our belief in “Training to a Higher Standard”.