Whirly-Girls Press Releases

Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2016

It’s Scholarship Season! The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc. (WGSF, Inc.) is proud to announce that Whirly-Girl members in good standing as of September 20, 2016 can now apply for a wide range of scholarships for 2017.

Applications are currently being accepted and will close on October 1, 2016.

Whirly-Girls is an organization of over 1900 female helicopter pilots in 45 countries and continues to grow as women become increasingly active in helicopter aviation.

The Whirly-Girls are pleased to continue to offer an Add-on Flight Training Scholarship for female pilots rated in aircraft other than helicopters.

This scholarship, funded by the WGSF, Inc., is awarded to a certificated female pilot who does not currently have a helicopter rating and provides $8,000 to be applied towards earning her add-on helicopter rating. The applicant will be evaluated for evidence of intent to work in the helicopter industry.

Requirements: the applicant must be an auxiliary member in good standing at the time of application submission, award of scholarship, and during scholarship training, and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20, 2016. The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2017.

Alison Husain Vice President of Scholarships states, “We are pleased the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc. is able to continue to support this valuable addition to a female pilot’s ratings to further our mission of advancing women in helicopter aviation.”

Since 1968, the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund has awarded over 300 scholarships. In 2016, the organization awarded 28 scholarships exceeding a total value of $175,000 to well-deserving applicants.

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry. For more information about the Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Alison Husain at wgvpsch@whirlygirls.org.

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Night Flight Concepts Awards Training Scholarship to Whirly-Girls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2016

WG #1290 Natalie Jones

ALEA corporate member Night Flight Concepts has awarded a scholarship to Natalie Jones of the Whirly-Girls, the international association of female helicopter pilots.

Jones is currently deployed in the Philippines, flying concrete and steel to a remote jungle site in support of a dam building project for the main water supply to the city of Manila. Later this year she will again fly firefighting missions in Australia. "My utility experience has enabled me to experience a multitude of flying environments that have limited visual reference, whether due to smoke or weather. Both of these conditions have similar attributes to night flying and being able to maintain situational awareness. This scholarship will inevitably aid me in becoming a safer and more competent pilot. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity," says Jones.

The scholarship will provide Jones an initial NVG endorsement for a flight position in airborne law enforcement, EMS, or government agencies. The course, valued at $12,000, will provide eight hours of ground instruction and approximately six hours of flight training in a Robinson R-66 turbine helicopter.

More information on the Whirly-Girls organization is available at www.whirlygirls.org.

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Whirly-Girls Recognizes Oregon Aero and Randy Mains for Their Commitment to the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2016

Oregon Aero

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that Oregon Aero and Randy Mains have committed to providing a scholarship to a Whirly-Girl for training to become a Crew Resource Management Instructor for 2016.

Whirly-Girls is an organization of over 1800 female helicopter pilots in 45 countries and continues to grow as women are becoming increasingly active in helicopter aviation. Oregon Aero and Randy Mains, Chief CRM/AMRM Safety Instructor, have provided these valuable scholarships since July 2015. They recognize the importance of equipping female pilots with the knowledge and tools needed to become champions of safety within their aviation organizations. The course empowers the trainee to become the trainer and embrace a beneficial and unique training culture. Once the scholarship recipient completes the course, she will be able to share this culture of safety with her organization in a meaningful way.

Applications for the October 2016 Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarship are currently being accepted until June 30, 2016. The 5-day, 40-hour Crew Resource Management Instructor (CRMI) course will be held at the Oregon Aero teaching facility in Scappoose, Oregon between October 3 and 7, 2016. The CRMI course follows the recommendations of the FAA, Transport Canada, EU-OPS, JAR ICAO, EASA UK CAA, and CAMTS and will assist the recipient in becoming a CRM Instructor within her organization.

Oregon Aero and Randy Mains teamed up to become leaders of Crew Resource Management Training. Sarah Smith-Dufton, newly-appointed Whirly-Girls Scholarship Director, states that, “We are thrilled that Oregon Aero and Randy Mains have committed to providing this valuable training again in October. This team has been incredibly faithful to furthering the Whirly-Girls’ mission.” Smith-Dufton was the proud recipient of the July 2015 CRMI Scholarship. “The training materials and message leave a lasting imprint on the hearts and minds of the class participants. This is a highly interactive course,” Smith-Dufton states.

Since 1968, the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund has awarded over 300 scholarships. This year at the annual Awards Banquet, the organization awarded 28 scholarships exceeding a total value of $175,000 to well-deserving applicants.

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry. For more information about the Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Sarah Smith-Dufton at wgsd1@whirlygirls.org.

For more information on Oregon Aero and Randy Mains CRMI courses, please visit www.oregonaero.com/crm.

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Whirly-Girls Recognizes Garmin Aviation Training for Its Commitment to the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund

Garmin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2016

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that Garmin Aviation Training has committed to providing two scholarships to Whirly-Girls to receive training in Garmin GTN and G500/G600 equipment for 2016.

Whirly-Girls is an organization of over 1800 female helicopter pilots in 45 countries and continues to grow as women are becoming increasingly active in helicopter aviation. Garmin Aviation Training recognizes the importance of the contributions women have made in aviation and thus has partnered with the Whirly-Girls to assist women aviators in their career development. Garmin provides key avionics tools used throughout the aviation industry, and this scholarship will allow maximization and efficient integration of Garmin equipment capabilities into all flight operations.

Garmin Aviation Training is a leader in providing training of Garmin equipment, enabling the pilot to become confident in utilization of its avionics equipment. “We are thrilled that Garmin Aviation Training is providing these scholarships to Whirly-Girls,” said Banu Cole, Whirly-Girls Scholarship Director. “Garmin equipment is used by most, if not all pilots, and this training will increase the pilots’ aptitude and confidence.”

Since 1968, the Whirly-Girls has awarded over 300 scholarships. This year in 2016, the organization awarded 28 scholarships to well-deserving applicants, exceeding a total value of $175,000.

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry. For more information about the Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit: www.whirlygirls.org or contact Banu Cole at wgsd2@whirlygirls.org.

For more information on Garmin Aviation Training, please visit https://fly.garmin.com/fly-garmin/training/.

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Whirly-Girls Recognizes Night Flight Concepts for its Commitment to the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2016

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that Night Flight Concepts has committed to providing a deserving Whirly-Girl a Night Vision Goggles (NVG) Flight Training Scholarship for the 2016 scholarship season.

Whirly-Girls is an organization of over 1900 female helicopter pilots in 45 countries and continues to grow as women are becoming increasingly active in helicopter aviation. Night Flight Concepts recognizes the importance of the contributions women have made in aviation and thus has partnered with the Whirly-Girls to assist women aviators in their career development. NVG training is required for personnel who need an initial or a recurrent NVG endorsement for a flight position. This scholarship will help the career-minded Whirly-Girl obtain this NVG endorsement.

Night Flight Concepts is a premier provider of NVG training, offering an exceptional program that provides up-to-date, relevant, comprehensive skills to operate in the night environment. “We are thrilled that Night Flight Concepts has agreed to support the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund. The expertise and specialized training offered through this scholarship will be a valuable addition to our program,” said Banu Cole, Whirly-Girls Scholarship Director.

Since 1968, the Whirly-Girls has awarded over 300 scholarships. This year in 2016, the organization awarded 28 scholarships to well-deserving applicants, exceeding a total value of $175,000.

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry. For more information about the Whirly-Girls scholarships, please visit www.whirlygirls.org or contact Banu Cole at wgsd2@whirlygirls.org.

For more information on Night Flight Concepts, please visit nightflightconcepts.com.

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