Whirly-Girl Scholarship Sponsors
The Whirly-Girls are grateful to our generous sponsors for providing scholarships for our 2015 winners, and we are excited about opportunities for 2016:
Guidance Aviation Helicopter Instrument Rating Scholarship
NEW THIS YEAR: Guidance Aviation (guidance.aero) was founded in 1998 with one helicopter by John Stonecipher who worked as the sole instructor pilot and employee. The company now has two campuses with FAA approved courses, examining authority, degree programs, and VA approval. They are also recognized for their significant philanthropic activities, including the Guidance Aviation Helicopter Instrument Rating Scholarship.
The scholarship provides a Whirly-Girl who possesses at least a Private Pilot Helicopter certificate the opportunity to receive her Instrument Helicopter rating. Flight training will take place in the Robinson R44 helicopter and the student must be enrolled for one semester in one of Guidance Aviation’s collegiate aviation degree programs located at Yavapai College in Prescott, AX, USA or Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, LA, USA. The scholarship provides: 30 hours of flight training, 45 hours in the “X-Copter” Aviation Training Device with unlimited practice, 15 hours of ground instruction, 40 hours free tutoring, coverage of FAA Designated Examiner fees (up to two check rides), coverage for FAA written test fees (up to two tests), and online instructional videos and computer based-training.
Oregon Aero Crew Resource Management Training Scholarship
NEW THIS YEAR: This 4.5 hour online Crew Resource Management (CRM) course, sponsored by Oregon Aero’s Randy Mains, Chief CRM/AMRM Safety Instructor, will be provided to a deserving Whirly-Girl. The CRM course, valued at $500, is an online interactive video conferencing session personally led by Randy Mains, tailored to the candidate containing the elements specified by the FAA for Crew Resource Management Training or Air Medical Resource Management. Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20, 2015. The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2016.
Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarship
NEW THIS YEAR: This 5-day, 40-hour Crew Resource Management Instructor (CRMI) course, sponsored by Oregon Aero’s Randy Mains, Chief CRM/AMRM Safety Instructor, will be provided to a deserving Whirly-Girl. The CRMI course will be held at the Pier Hotel and Spa in Sidney, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada ten minutes from Victoria Airport (YYJ) from January 8-12, 2016. The CRMI course, valued at $2,000, 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. Preferred applicants will have a CFI and have had some exposure to CRM that is, have taken a class. Requirements: the applicant must be a member in good standing and must have joined the Whirly-Girls no later than September 20, 2015. The scholarship must be completed by December 31, 2016..
Robert and Dayle Walden Memorial Scholarship
NEW THIS YEAR: This scholarship is provided by Leigh Harris, Whirly-Girl #746, and is given in memory of her parents, Robert and Dayle Walden. This scholarship provides $6,000 to ANY Whirly-Girl to be applied towards UPGRADING her current helicopter rating. (It can be applied towards Commercial, Instrument, Instructor, ATP, or Turbine Transition Training.)
Airbus Flight Training Scholarship
Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (airbushelicoptersinc.com) manufactures, markets, sells, assembles, supports and provides training solutions for Airbus helicopters in the United States. Since beginning operations in 1969, they have become a leading provider to the U.S. helicopter sales market. They provide law enforcement helicopters, military rotary wing aircraft, air medical helicopters, and corporate helicopters for missions nationwide. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. also markets used aircraft for the U.S. market.
In the U.S. today, over 1,800 Airbus rotary-wing aircraft are flown nationwide, including corporate and business customers, hospitals and emergency medical services, tourism operators, law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Airbus Helicopters, Inc. provides a scholarship which gives a Whirly-Girl the opportunity to attend an AS350 Turbine Transition Course at their facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, USA.
Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course and Maintenance Course Scholarships
Founded in 1973 by Frank Robinson, Robinson Helicopter (www.robinsonheli.com) is currently the world's leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. Based in Torrence, California, Robinson Helicopter employs approximately 1300 employees, and its R22, R44, and R66 helicopters are used for a multitude of operations world-wide. In 2010, Robinson added 133,000 square feet of manufacturing space to their operation, bringing the company's total manufacturing space to 617,000 square feet.
The Robinson Helicopter scholarship provides a Whirly-Girl currently flying Robinsons the opportunity to attend their extremely popular monthly Safety Course and build R22 or R44 time. Robinson provides this 3-1/2 day course in Torrance, CA, USA, including 5 hours of flight time. The course includes 2-1/2 days of classroom instruction, awareness training, SFAR 73, in the R22 and R44 helicopter systems. One day is devoted to maintenance, pre-flight inspections, and flying with an experienced RHC pilot. This course is required by most insurance companies and serves as a CFI refresher.
The Robinson Maintenance Course Scholarship provides a Whirly-Girl currently flying Robinsons the opportunity to attend the Robinson Helicopter Maintenance Course. It is a "hands-on" course for maintaining the airframe portion of R22, R44, and R66 helicopters. A thorough review and explanation of the Maintenance Manuals is provided. The course duration is 8 full days, Monday-Friday and the following Monday-Wednesday. No classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
FlightSafety International Bell 206 Initial Scholarship
FlightSafety International (www.flightsafety.com) is famous for its comprehensive safety training, delivering more than a million hours of professional instruction each year and training more pilots than any other company. Thousands of pilots train to proficiency at 40 Learning Centers in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. Training locations include their newest comprehensive center at historic Farnborough Airport just outside London, and their recently opened rotorcraft Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The FlightSafety International Bell 206 Initial Pilot Scholarship includes initial type training, recurrent training, and inadvertent IMC training using the world’s first Bell 206 FAA Level 7 qualified Flight Training Device. This five-day course consists of academic training and six hours in the FTD.
Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship
This scholarship is provided by Nancy Livingston Stratford, WG#4 in memory of Keiko Minakata, WG #1339. The scholarship gives a deserving Whirly-Girl the skills to cope with turbulence, rugged terrain, and landing zone selection in mountainous and canyon areas, with special emphasis placed on decision making. It also provides the skill needed to fly all sorts of private and commercial helicopter missions that require off-airport landings anywhere in the country, regardless of altitude or terrain. It’s a real confidence-builder, especially if the pilot has very little experience in off-road operations. It includes a ½ day extensive ground school (which is provided by Western Helicopters, Inc.) Nancy provides five hours of flight time. The pilot taking this course should have a minimum of 250 Rotorcraft hours. She need not be qualified or current in the MD500 series or the Schweizer/Hughes 300 series aircraft that will be used for training. Training will be conducted at Western Helicopters Inc., Rialto, California, USA.
Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship
Survival Systems USA, Inc. (www.survivalsystemsinc.com) is an employee-owned company dedicated to safety and survival education, specializing in underwater egress training and sea survival techniques. With more than three decades of research and innovation behind them, their purpose is explicit: "To Enhance and Preserve Lives."
The Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship provides two deserving Whirly-Girls the knowledge and skills necessary to react to an aircraft-ditching emergency, care for herself in a sea survival situation, and to participate to the maximum extent in her rescue.
Vertical Reference/External Load Flight Training Scholarship
Erickson Incorporated (ericksonaviation.com) was originally created from two Oregon aviation giants: Evergreen Aviation, and Erickson Aviation. Erickson provides firefighting, government services, and commercial services such as oil and gas, construction, defense, and special project work.
The Vertical Reference/External Load Flight Training Scholarship will be awarded to a career-minded Whirly-Girl who needs a vertical reference/external load endorsement for a flight position. This course will be awarded to a Whirly-Girl who has 200 hours of PIC time in rotorcraft, and she need not be turbine qualified. The training is to be completed at Western Helicopters in Rialto, CA. The 5-hour course is usually completed in two full days and includes ground instruction with up to 6.5 hours of vertical reference/ external load training in an MD500 series helicopter.
Sponsored by Agricultural Air Services in memory of Karen Johnson, WG#1520 who died on 2 January 2013 while frost flying. This scholarship will give a deserving Whirly-Girl an introduction to the skills required for low-level flying and an understanding of the application of spray chemicals and frost flying techniques. Agricultural Air Services will provide 10 hours of turbine flight in and/or access to one or more of the rotorcraft operated for commercial purposes of the application of agricultural pesticides, including a B206B, a B206L, and/or MD500D, equipped with Simplex spray systems. Education and access to associated training materials in the areas of aerial, row crop, forestry pesticide application, and the importance of emergency procedures will be provided, in addition to an introduction to spray systems and chemical loading requirements for ground transportation. Applicants will be taught turnkey responsibilities and how to use specialist Mapstar and Batham GPS guidance systems. Accommodation for the required training period will be provided for up to 2 weeks. Training will take place at Agricultural Air Services, Inc. in Lorida, Okeechobee County, FL.
Air Evac Lifeteam
Air Evac EMS, Inc., which operates Air Evac Lifeteam, is the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air medical service in the United States and conducts its operations through 113 mutually-supporting air medical bases across 15 states. The company has established itself as the preeminent provider of air ambulance services to communities in need of advanced emergency health care and rapid medical transport. The company operates the world's largest fleet of more than 110 medically-equipped Bell 206 Long Ranger helicopters, along with Bell 407 helicopters and fixed-wing air medical services from two bases in Missouri and Kentucky. Air Evac Lifeteam is offer two Bell 206 transitions to the Whirly-Girls.
Aviation Specialties Unlimited NVG Scholarship
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (www.asu-nvg.com), has been providing NVG products and services since 1995 and acts as a “go-to“ company for both rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft operations. They provide high-quality products and services to a wide variety of customers worldwide, including numerous government and private agencies such as Civil Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Military Services; Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Department of Energy; Search and Rescue, Fugitive Apprehension, Airborne Surveillance, Airborne Security, and Fire Suppression Missions. The Aviation Specialties Unlimited NVG Scholarship will be awarded to a career minded Whirly-Girl who needs an initial or a recurrent Night Vision Goggle (NVG) endorsement for a flight position, such as airborne law enforcement and airborne EMS to a variety of government agencies. Training will be conducted at Gowen Field Airport, Boise, Idaho, USA.
Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
This scholarship is provided by the WGSF, Inc., and combines the Phelan International and Doris Mullen Flight Training Scholarships. This scholarship provides $8,000 and is given in memory of our founder, Jean and her husband Jim Phelan, along with the memory of Doris Mullen who lost her life in a fixed wing accident in 1968. This scholarship provides ANY Whirly-Girl a chance to UPGRADE her current rating. (It is typically applied toward Commercial, Instrument, Instructor, ATP, or Turbine Transition Training.)
Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Fight Training Scholarship
FOR FEMALE PILOTS RATED IN AIRCRAFT OTHER THAN HELICOPTERS. This scholarship, funded by the WGSF, provides $8,000 to assist a certificated female pilot who does not currently have a helicopter rating in earning her add-on helicopter rating. The applicant will be evaluated for evidence of intent to work in the helicopter industry.
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