The Guidance approach embraces the academic rigor of a university education coupled with academy-style training modeled after law enforcement.
We provide our incoming students a straightforward plan for degree completion with an all-inclusive cost model.
Our students are consistently able to succeed, according to schedule, meeting milestones and completing the program at a rate higher than that of other flight schools.
We operate a fully integrated safety management system (SMS), online training portal, mobile apps, and simulation program as we fulfill our commitment to continuous improvement. The result is a training program that produces outstanding pilots at a cost lower than other flight schools.
Guidance Aviation’s flight ops team designed an award-winning safety management system that has been fully implemented at each of our campuses.
We understand that safety is a learned behavior, and we continuously strive to maintain the safest environment for our students and employees.
Guidance Aviation uses X-Copter helicopter flight sims, designed to exactly replicate the Robinson aircraft that our students fly.
Ground training through advanced simulation is a key component of FCRT, and allows students to maximize their flight training time and dollars.
We’ve developed our own course training videos and online training portal. Accessible 24-hours a day, students can learn at a time and pace of their choosing. Videos are available to students online or via our own mobile app.
Being able to use simulators during instrument to cut down on my costs was a big-playing factor into making the switch.
I chose Guidance Aviation after walking through a couple of schools. The choice was clear.
It was a far better laid out program with a definitive path and finish line. Coming from the military and law enforcement worlds, I needed that structure. I just do better that way.
I never thought I’d achieve my goal of flying helicopters. But, the Marine Corps showed me there’re no limits, and Guidance proved it.
Any day you fly a helicopter, it’s monumental.
Guidance is like being part of a family.
You Start the program with 30 other student pilots, [and] by the time you get to your CFI semester, a lot of the instructors and other employees around Guidance—they start to become what I would consider my family.
At the end of the day, it’s a great feeling to feel like you’re a part of a family rather than just another number going through the cycle.
They’re very professional. …as a woman, I like being in a setting where you’re respected, and treated the same way that they treat the rest of the guys. You’re treated equally [here].
My experience here at Guidance showed me that it’s not about being a man or a being woman: It’s about being a helicopter pilot, and just flying helicopters.
Training at Guidance is very safety-oriented, and their safety culture is just amazing. Every single instructor is trained on it and its the way they work.
You come out with very good habits, making sure that everything around you is ok in order to fly. Its not an easy thing to do, they have a million ways to help you out.
Flying a Robinson helicopter at Prescott’s elevation in the summer teaches you how to respect the aircraft and stay ahead of her. We never knew anything different—power management was something we all dealt with every day [at Guidance].
When I land on platforms 150 miles offshore it’s nothing new. It’s just like all the off-airport operations at Guidance Aviation, but at sea level in an aircraft with a lot more power.