Prescott, AZ., February 03, 2015 - Guidance Aviation has officially announced the launch of its "LZ Network", emphasizing off-airport operations and real world training. The off-airport network of helipads and landing zones includes a floating helipad atop the organization's 75'ft houseboat. Students practice pinnacle landings, confined areas, off-airport operations, and water landings. In addition to the over-water helipad on Lake Powell, Guidance has established off-airport LZ's throughout the Prescott region, providing unique flight environments and real world challenges for students enrolled in the collegiate helicopter pilot program. Development of the LZ Network was launched in the summer of 2013 and is now fully integrated into the helicopter flight training program at Guidance Aviation.
The primary helicopter flight training institution is also developing an off-airport LZ Network for students enrolled in the collegiate helicopter pilot program at Baton Rouge Community College, including landing on oil rig platforms.
"Flying helicopters airport to airport just doesn't cut it in the commercial helicopter flight training world..Guidance Aviation provides real world experience and training... It takes a unique skill set, a unique perspective, and a unique kinesthetic sense. This is what Guidance Aviation is all about. Real World Training. Real World Skills," states John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation.
"The boat landings and the off-airport LZ network have been extremely beneficial in my development as a pilot. When preparing for the boat landings and over water operations, you are forced to brief approaches in a way that you have not been introduced to when landing on dry land. Not only is it mentally demanding, but it also brings everything that you have trained for into a single maneuver. When approaching the boat, your sight picture is entirely different, and when you are setting the helicopter down on you have to account for the rocking of the boat, not to mention that you have little to no depth perception when attempting to hover over top of the deck. Overall, it was a huge learning experience, one I'll never forget," says Ben Lewis, CFI-I, Flight Instructor, Graduate, Guidance Aviation.
For more info on the LZ Network at Guidance Aviation check out this video below: