Steve Helinski

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Pilot, Flight Instructor

As a pilot, every moment is a new experience. The learning is infinite and possibilities endless. It is unique in a way because there is always room for growth. Flying provides a great quality of life and a sense of freedom second to none. The adventurous type will find aviation very fulfilling.

I am self-employed and provide contract services for various individuals and organizations. I have experienced many aspects of commercial aviation from crop dusting to working for airlines. However, the majority of my career has been focused on providing flight instruction.

Here’s just a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet session(s):
• Choosing the right path if you want to have a career in aviation.
• How to maximize your chosen field of interest.
• How to manage the financial side of the business and save the most money.
• How to get in touch with the right people who can help you in the aviation business.
• How to stay on course and grow your career.

I have always known aviation is a special career, but it never fails to amaze me. The life experiences you gain and people you meet are a constant reminder of its vast opportunities.


I started working at an early age. My first job was working at a cement plant pouring concrete. Next, was the restaurant industry as a cook at a Mexican restaurant and then pizza delivery while I was in high school. Still being unsure of what I wanted to do in the beginning stages of community college, I worked in shipping/receiving at an imported baskets warehouse.

When I finally realized the challenges and opportunities the field of aviation provides, I went to an aviation university. It wasn't until I was out of school and working as a flight instructor, I realized I had chosen the perfect career. It was challenging, adventurous and very fulfilling to share the gift of flight with others.

The career accomplishments I am most proud of are the students and aspiring pilots whom I have had the chance to influence and watch grow.