Arizona Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar visited Guidance Aviation on Thursday afternoon to discuss the challenges facing Arizona businesses, job opportunities available, and growing demand for Helicopter pilots across the country. Congressman Gosar met with the students, staff, and faculty.
Before being elected to Congress in 2010, Dr. Gosar ran a successful dental practice in Flagstaff, Arizona and was nationally recognized by the Arizona Dental Association as “Dentist of the Year”. As the President of the Arizona Dental Association and as the Vice-Chair of the American Dental Association Council on Government Affairs, Gosar has garnered substantial experience in reforming health care.
Congressman Gosar toured the Guidance Aviation helicopter flight training operations and spoke with staff members, students, and flight instructors. John Stonecipher, Guidance Aviation CEO, shared with the Congressman Guidance’s innovative approach to using technology & simulation to reduce flight hours and associated costs with flight training.
“It was an honor to have Congressman Gosar visit with us and discuss the challenges that face small businesses like ours. As an experienced small business owner, Dr. Gosar understands how challenges like healthcare reform and the current economy affect small companies. Guidance Aviation has nearly 60 employees - more than half of whom are Veterans. It's reassuring to know that our representative is concerned about jobs for Veterans. We need more advocates like Dr. Gosar who are willing to help our Veterans re-integrate with the civilian world,” said John Stonecipher.
Guidance Aviation is one of Arizona's leading Veteran employers as well as a nationally recognized helicopter flight training organization, specializing in the training of US Military Veterans. In June of 2013, Guidance Aviation's CEO, John Stonecipher, was nationally recognized as the United State's Business Person of The Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. during the SBA's 50th Anniversary of Small Business Week, proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Guidance Aviation's success and growth is greatly due to its tremendously successful partnership with Yavapai Community College. Through the Yavapai Community College degree program, eligible US Military Veterans may use their Post 9/11 GI bill benefits to not only acquire their necessary FAA ratings and certificates to become professional helicopter pilots, but also earn their Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS), Aviation Technology – Helicopters. Today, this program is nationally regarded as one of the fastest growing and most successful academic programs of its kind.