Whirly-Girl Scholarship Sponsors

The Whirly-Girls are grateful to our generous sponsors for providing scholarships for our 2014 winners:

American Eurocopter Flight Training Scholarship

American Eurocopter (www.eurocopterusa.com) manufactures, markets, sells, assembles, supports and provides training solutions for Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft in the United States.  Since beginning operations in 1969, it has become a leading provider of helicopters for U.S. civilian, law enforcement, military, homeland defense and other markets. In the U.S. today, over 1,800 American Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft are flown by approximately 600 operators, 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.

American Eurocopter provides a scholarship which gives a Whirly-Girl the opportunity to attend an AS350 Turbine Transition Course at the American Eurocopter Factory School in Grand Prairie, Texas, USA.

Robinson Helicopter R22/R44Safety Course and R44 Scholarship

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 R44 time. (Please note the safety course is also available for the R22.) Robinson provides this 3-1/2 day course in Torrance, CA, USA, including 5 hours of R44 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.

FlightSafety International Bell 206 Initial Pilot 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. Value $5,000 plus.

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 a deserving Whirly-Girl 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.

New for 2014: Vertical Reference/External Load Flight Training Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by Erickson Air-Crane, Inc. and 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. The value of this scholarship opportunity is $6,000.

New for 2014: P&S Agricultural Services, Inc. Flight Training Scholarship

Sponsored by P&S Agricultural Services, Inc. (P&S) 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. Applicants must be 21 years or older and hold current licenses and medical certificates as endorsed by the FAA or other recognized aviation administration. To be successful, each applicant must have a minimum of 200 hours rotary flight time and hold a commercial helicopter license. Some turbine experience is an advantage. In return, P&S 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 P&S Agricultural Services, Inc. in Lorida, Okeechobee County, FL.

New for 2014: 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 offered two Bell 206 transitions to the Whirly-Girls for 2014.

Aviation Specialties Unlimited NVG Scholarship

The night vision goggle (NVG) scholarship, sponsored by Aviation Specialties Unlimited, 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. The value of this scholarship opportunity is $7,000. Training will be conducted at Gowen Field Airport, Boise, Idaho, USA.


The Whirly-Girls also provide two scholarships:

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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