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Helo instrument rating scholarship launchedHelo instrument rating scholarship launched

Whirly-Girls International announced a new Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship for private helicopter pilots March 1 at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Orlando.

The scholarship winner will receive 30 hours of instrument training in a Robinson R44 helicopter, 45 in a helicopter aviation training device, ground instruction, and more through an aviation degree program at one of Guidance Aviation’s collegiate partners.

“We are completely thrilled at the generosity of Guidance Aviation’s sponsorship of a new instrument rating scholarship,” said Whirly-Girls Vice President of Scholarships Colleen Chen in a media release. “The scholarship is consistent with CEO John Stonecipher’s commitment to the Whirly-Girl members and the professional development of female helicopter pilots worldwide. His generosity opens the door for more of our members to realize their potential and increases the visibility of our organization.”

The scholarship includes 30 hours of flight training in a Robinson R44 helicopter, 45 hours of training in an X-Copter helicopter aviation training device, 15 hours of one-on-one ground instruction, 40 hours a week of free tutoring available, unlimited practice time in an X-Copter ATD, FAA designated pilot examiner fees, FAA knowledge test fees, online instructional videos, and online computer-based training. The recipient must enroll for one semester in a collegiate aviation degree program at one of Guidance Aviation’s partners, Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, or Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The scholarship includes all tuition and fees.

Whirly-Girls encouraged prospective female applicants to find out more and apply online or email Colleen Chen for more information.

Sarah Deener

Sarah Deener

Managing Editor, 'AOPA Pilot' and 'Flight Training'
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Managing Editor Sarah Deener is an instrument-rated private pilot and has worked for AOPA since 2009.
Topics: Advanced Training, Flight Training, Instrument Rating

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