Phil Guerra

A photo of Phil Guerra

Full-time Lecturer

Technology and Professional Services Management

206 Roosevelt


[email protected]


  • B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 
  • Airline Operations and Aircraft Systems Training through NATCO (Northwest Airlines Training Corporation) Facility and through UAFTC (United Airlines Training Center)

Professional Summary

Captain Phil Guerra is a full-time Aviation Lecturer at EMU and has been on the EMU Faculty Staff since the 2021 Fall Semester.

Retired from Spirit Airlines in late March of 2022 due to the “Age 65 Rule”, Captain Guerra was last based at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.  His professional flying includes routes throughout the contiguous 48 United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, South America, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands.  Besides Spirit Airlines, Phil has also flown passengers for Allegiant Airlines and Champion Air. He has flown aircraft carrying civilian passengers, military/government personnel, a variety of freight material, racehorses, and even “Maple”, a female Beluga Whale.  Captain Guerra has held positions as a Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI), Turbo-Jet Flight Engineer, First Officer, Captain, Company Check Airman, and B-727 Full Flight Simulator (FFS-Level D) Instructor.  Notable aircraft he has flown in his career include CV-340, -580, -5800, B727-200, DC-9 Series, MD-80, B757-200, A-319, -320, -321.

In addition to the required training provided through the airlines he has served, Captain Guerra has trained at the prestigious NATCO (Northwest Airlines Training Corporation) Facility in Minneapolis, MN, and the United Airlines Flight Training Center in Denver, CO.

Industry Experience

  • Over 30 years of flight experience
  • Flight and Ground Instructor (Certificates include: CFI, CFI-I, MEI, AGI)
  • Hold ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) & Flight Engineer/Turbojet Certificates
  • Instructed Part 121 Ground Courses
  • Served as a Part 121 Company Check Airman

Courses Taught

  • AVFO 170: Aviation Ground Instruction
  • AVFO 240: Instrument Ground Instruction
  • AVFO 360: Commercial Ground Instruction
  • AVMT 110: Aircraft Maintenance I              
  • AVFT 419: High Aerodynamics/High Altitude Flight
  • AVFT 222: Automation in Aviation
  • AVFT 330: Introduction to Aerodynamics
  • AVFT 215: Aviation Weather
  • AVFT 321: Cockpit and Crew Resource Management (CRM)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association