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 

Professional Summary

Captain Guerra is a full-time Aviation Lecturer at EMU. 

Having retired from Spirit Airlines in late March of 2022 due to the “Age 65 Rule”, he 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, MD-80 (aka “the Mad Dog”), 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 Corpration) Facility in Minneapolis, MN and the United Airlines Flight Training Center in Denver, CO. He hopes to pass on his experience and knowledge to future aviators at EMU.

Industry Experience

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

Courses Taught

  • AVMT 110: Aircraft Maintenance I
  • AVFO 170: Aviation Ground Instruction
  • AVFO 240: Instrument Ground Instruction
  • AVFO 360: Commercial Ground Instruction

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

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