Give It A Whirl

Jessica Kanellos, organizer, with Danielle Fuller
Give It A Whirl 2017, Dallas, Texas

Give It A Whirl

SAVE THE DATE: Give It A Whirl on November 3, 2018

Get up close and personal with all things helicopter! Join Whirly-Girls International, alongside some of the helicopter industry’s best, for a FREE fun-filled event the entire family can enjoy.

Mark your calendars for November 3, 2018 from 10:00am – 2:00pm and come out to Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters for an unforgettable experience!

Meet us at:
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
1265 Airport Road
Boulder City, NV 89005

For those attending HAI HELI-EXPO, the location in Boulder City is about 26 miles from the Las Vegas Convention Center, about a 1/2 hour drive.

Explore helicopters up close, make things fly with numerous hands-on aerodynamic activities, and find out just what being a helicopter pilot is all about! Walk away with a FREE bag of goodies and a new appreciation for the helicopter community that you typically only see from a few hundred feet below.

This year, with the support of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Airbus Helicopters, we are offering 100 FREE helicopter rides for the ultimate experience! Download and complete the registration form HERE and remit to Jessica Kanellos at Hurry, these won’t last long!

Are you a member of the helicopter industry wishing to support this event? Sponsorship and participation opportunities are available in all sizes. Contact Jessica Kanellos at of 724-255-3688 to learn more.

Whirly-Girls Give It A Whirl at the Dallas Executive Airport

March 5, 2017

The Whirly-Girls hosted the second annual Give it a Whirl, a youth outreach event, where the Whirly-Girls gather a number of helicopters and pilots and gave information about how to become a pilot.

On March 5, the day before HAI’s HELI-EXPO opened, Airbus and Bell Helicopters joined us at the Dallas Executive Airport and gave kids free helicopter rides. What better way to inspire future helicopter pilots than giving them a real taste of flight!

Inaugural Give it a Whirl Event a Success

By WG#1771 Jessica Kanellos (organizer)

March 2016

On the eve of HAI’s HELI-EXPO, five hundred members of the Louisville community attended “Give it a Whirl,” and it was awesome.

Whirly-Girls International, with the support of major players in the helicopter industry, kicked off 2016 HAI HELI-EXPO with a youth and community outreach event designed to introduce kids to the world of helicopter aviation.

It was incredible to see so many participants from the helicopter community come together to inspire these kids to have big dreams and to allow them to get up close to helicopters that operate in their community. The local flight school, police, news and local Army National Guard helicopters all flew into Bowman Field Airport on February 28th, prepared for 4 hours of questions like “what is this for?” and “what does that button do?”

Pilots had to do one of their most thorough preflights before flying back to their bases at the end of the event. The level of excitement was contagious as the kids were anxious to sit in the pilot’s seat, fly a simulator displayed by X-Copter, get their caricature drawn with a Bell helicopter, listen to helicopter books from the local library, and explore interactive activities with aviation charts, helicopter toys, and coloring pages.

This first event was a huge success. The Whirly-Girls extend a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped us, as well as our major contributors: Bell Helicopters, Heliweb Magazine, and X-Copter.