A Federal Court has dismissed all claims made by a disgruntled former Yavapai College employee, Daniel Hamilton, against Guidance Aviation and its principal John Stonecipher. The Court held that the claims were without merit.
Hamilton had alleged that Guidance Aviation, which employs and trains Veterans for careers as helicopter pilots, of not complying with the law by training too many Veterans, using the most-disgraceful of terms. On September 9th, 2014, a Federal Judge dismissed all claims against Guidance Aviation, John Stonecipher and his wife Amanda.
The Court’s action confirmed what the U.S. Department of Justice had already decided, that Mr. Hamilton, in his vendetta against Guidance Aviation, was not able to state facts to meet even the lowest of burdens that the legal system requires.
“We finally had our day in Court. I am not surprised by the Court's rejection of Hamilton's baseless, selfish, and mean-spirited accusations. Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice made a similar decision, declining Hamilton's invitation to join his vendetta against my company and its Prescott employees. In America, anyone can file a lawsuit, at any time, for any reason... I’m appreciative that the justice system could see through Mr. Hamilton’s improper assertions and his mischaracterizations.” stated John Stonecipher, CEO and Founder of Guidance Aviation.
“I feel we’ve been vindicated,” Stonecipher added. “I am very grateful for all the support we’ve received from the community. I’ve been training and hiring Veterans as part of my professional life for nearly three decades. I am proud of my employees, Veteran and non-veteran alike, and my company’s commitment to reintegrating Veterans into the civil workforce and helping them start their careers as professional aviators."
Guidance Aviation is one of the largest employers of Veterans in the region. Last year, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) recognized Stonecipher as the National SBA Business Person of the Year. Mr. Stonecipher was acknowledged for his exemplary work training Veterans by the Office of the Vice President. In acknowledging his accomplishments Dr. Jill Biden said “John...your commitment to the Veteran Community should be a model for all Americans.”