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)
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.