Archive for March, 2015


Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

House Bill HR 476 Put Forth by the Federal Veterans Administration Cuts GI Bill Benefits For Flight Training

HR 476 Attacks Veteran Benefits

Proposed legislation attacks Veterans’ Benefits and Aviation. Time is running out.

House Bill H.R. 476, deceptively named “GI Bill Education Quality Enhancement Act of 2015” is proposed legislation that will place an unreasonable cap on ALL flight training benefits covered by the Veterans Administration.

Currently, thousands of U.S. Military Veterans are using the GI Bill benefits they’ve earned to pursue careers in aviation as airplane and helicopter pilots.

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Proposed VA Limits Place Devastating Cap on Veterans’ Benefits

Proposed legislation in front of Congress would place a devastating cap on Veteran’s yearly benefits, not only asphyxiating flight training for our U.S. Military Veterans, but also having a destructive impact on the future of the aviation industry as a whole.

Bill Would Affect the Entire Aviation Industry

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Aircraft manufacturers and the entire industry will be negatively affected.

In addition to our Veterans losing out, collateral damage will occur to flight schools, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and contractors – an entire industry.

H.R. 476 was proposed in reaction to the rising costs of flight training for Veterans using their VA benefits. However, instead of proposing reasonable flight training limitations within which Veterans can continue to become career pilots, this Bill offers ridiculously low caps on ALL aviation training; eliminating the possibility for any Veteran to achieve this goal. These caps won’t even cover fuel costs! Moreover, the Bill is basically telling our Veterans they can use their GI Bill benefits for any degree program they want, just NOT FLIGHT TRAINING.

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Why Is the Bill Targeting Aviation?

This is clearly discriminatory. Why not cap all educational programs for Veterans? How much does it cost to become an engineer, veterinarian, or doctor?

STOP H.R. 476 Effort Launched – READ-SIGN-SHARE

Recently, an online effort was launched to Stop H.R. 476 via the website “Petition 2 Congress”. As of March 23, 2015, the petition to Stop H.R. 476 generated over 3,500 letters to Congress and the White House. If you visit “Stop H.R. 476” petition page, you can read thousands comments from petitioners.

Congressional Mark-Up Session

The Bill goes to “mark-up” on April 16, 2015. That means congressional leaders will be finalizing the Bill to go to vote.  Before that happens, our industry needs to educate the Bill’s sponsors as well our own State Representatives and industry leaders.


  1. Read, Sign, and SHARE the Petition.
  2. Contact the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  3. Contact Helicopter Association International (HAI), Goverment Affairs
  4. Write your State Representative
  5. If you have a website, here is code to add a STOP HR 476 sign-up widget
    to your website:<iframe frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” height=”360px”
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STOP H.R. 476

Below are just a few of the thousands of petitions:

“This bill is misguided. Flight training allowances should be appropriately managed by the VA and indexed to well-known aviation industry standards, NOT arbitrarily capped at some inadequate level as this bill seeks to do. Stop HR 476!”


“flying is my dream, I served in the army because I was told that I would be able to use the GI BILL for flight training, please don’t take that away from me. I don’t not want this Bill to be passed.”


“American Veterans made a commitment to America. America made a commitment to our Veterans. The VA committed funding to current Veterans enrolled in degree granting programs, Professional Pilot. It is patently unfair to these Veterans to pull the rug out from under them in midstream to a program they have every right to expect the VA and Congress to honor it’s obligation to them.”


“A deals a deal; I held my end of it by putting my life on the line in Afghanistan along with my fellow Marines. It is outrageous that Congress would even think about cutting the benefits that so many Veterans have earned.”


SIGN PETITION: House Bill H.R. 476 Discriminates Against Veterans

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

1.1-220House Bill H.R. 476 Discriminates Against Veterans

Bill H.R. 476 discriminates against Veterans wishing to use their benefits to become professional pilots.

Don’t be fooled by its name, House Bill H.R. 476 titled: “GI Bill Education Quality Enhancement Act of 2015” will eliminate the opportunity for Veterans to become professional pilots after serving their Country and earning their Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits.

If passed, H.R. 476 “Prohibits VA from including flight training fees in the in-state tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education (IHEs) that are covered by post-9/11 veterans’ educational assistance.”

Review the Bill here:

Sign the Petition here:

This bill places an immediate CAP on the ANNUAL, TOTAL tuition & fees covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill by including PUBLIC as well as private colleges in the annual CAP!

These effects are immediate and will apply to ALL current and FUTURE Veterans who wish to use their earned benefits to become professional pilots. Moreover, Veterans currently enrolled in Flight Training will lose their funding.




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

#HeliYeah Sweepstakes at HELI-EXPO 2015 Promises Big Wins

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

#HeliYeah Sweepstakes at HELI-EXPO 2015 Promises Big Wins
Bose A20 Headsets, ForeFlight Mobile Pro Subscriptions, Wireless Bluetooth Speakers, iPAD mini to be won during #HeliYeah at HELI-EXPO 2015

HELI-EXPO 2015, Orlando, FL., Feb 27, 2015 – #HeliYeah Photo Sweepstakes launches Tuesday, March 03rd and runs through Thursday, March 5th at HELI-EXPO 2015 in Orlando, FL. #HeliYeah‘s creator and main sponsor, Guidance Aviation, will be joined by BOSE, Rotorcraft Pro Magazine, and ForeFlight.

To enter the daily photo sweepstakes, post a picture from HELI-EXPO 2015 to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #HeliYeah no later than 4:00pm eastern time on March 3rd, 4th, or 5th. Participants must be at the Guidance Aviation Booth #2049 at 4:30pm to win.

The following will be given away each day:

March 03 – Winners announced at 4:30pm, Booth #2049 – Guidance Aviation

  • 1st place: Bose A20 Aviation Headset, provided by Guidance Aviation
  • 2nd place: Soundlink Mini bluetooth speakers, provided by BOSE
  • 3rd place: ForeFlight Pro Mobile subscription, 1-yr, provided by ForeFlight

March 04 – Winners announced at 4:30pm, Booth #2049 – Guidance Aviation

  • 1st place: Bose A20 Aviation Headset, provided by Guidance Aviation
  • 2nd place: iPAD mini, custom engraved, provided by Rotorcraft Pro Magazine
  • 3rd place: ForeFlight Pro Mobile subscription, 1-yr, provided by ForeFlight

March 05 – Winners announced at 4:30pm, Booth #2049 – Guidance Aviation

  • 1st place: Bose A20 Aviation Headset, provided by Guidance Aviation
  • 2nd place: Wireless Bluetooth Speakers, provided by Bose
  • 3rd place: ForeFlight Pro Mobile subscription, 1-yr, provided by ForeFlight

You must include hashtag #HeliYeah with your posted picture.

Daily contest ends at 4:00pm local. This means last submission on EACH day must be posted by 4:00pm eastern time.



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.