Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: Yes. There are multiple methods that can be used to finance your helicopter pilot training. More details
Q: When can I start flight training?
A: Our Flight Cost Reduction Training starts every two months: January, March, May, July, September, and October. More details
Q: Can I get college credit for taking flying lessons at Guidance?
A: Yes. You may earn college credit for each certificate or rating. How much credit you earn varies by college.
See Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.
For online programs, see Utah Valley University or the World Wide campus of Embry-Riddle.
Q: Do you have Veterans Affairs Benefits?
A: Yes. Guidance is approved by Arizona Department of Veterans Affairs for some flight programs.
Call our Manager of Student Services, Robert Short at 1-877-235-9444 to find out what is available to you.
Q: How do I get started?
Q: What is the advantage of high altitude helicopter training?
A: Learning to fly at high altitude is more challenging. Therefore, once you have mastered high altitude helicopter flight,
you'll be prepared to fly anywhere your career takes you.
Check out what one of our graduates, Harry Greene, has to say about high altitude training at Guidance.
Q: How long will it take me to complete my training?
A: Although each person will progress at their own pace, it is possible to finish the Complete Professional Pilot Program in about 15 months.
Q: Is it difficult to fly helicopters?
A: Learning to fly helicopters is challenging and rewarding. However, almost anyone can learn to fly a helicopter. We encourage you to take a tour of our facilities and schedule an introductory flight. Contact Robert Short, Student Services at 877-235-9444.
Q: How do I pick a good helicopter flight school?
A: Do your research. There are many factors to review before you pick a flight school. Is it a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved school? How long has the school been in business? How many graduates get jobs? Top 20 Reasons to Choose Guidance Aviation.
Q: Why is it better to learn in a Robinson R22 than a Schweitzer 300?
A: Approximately 85% of flight schools fly Robinson R22 helicopters. You can't get a job flight instructing in Robinson R22s without a lot of Robinson R22 flying time. Learning to fly in a Schweitzer would effectively eliminate 85% of the places you could apply for that first job as a flight instructor. Also, the Robinson R22 is more challenging to fly since it is more maneuverable. Once you learn to fly an R22, all other helicopters are relatively easy to fly.
Q: Do I have to take college classes to be a helicopter pilot?
A: No. Most jobs as helicopter pilots don't require any college at all. If you do want to take college classes or earn a degree, Guidance Aviation flight training can count for college credit in programs here in Prescott, Arizona and towards online degrees.
Q: How many hours are required to become a flight instructor?
A: 200 hours is the minimum requirement to flight instruct in Robinson helicopters. Our Professional Pilot Program will ensure you meet this requirement.