Universal Helicopters (UHI, Booth No. C1211) is putting its money on safety in 2013, in a way that could benefit one lucky Heli-Expo attendee. The company has five training outlets in three states in the U.S., and is the exclusive provider of helicopter flight training to students at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus. At Heli-Expo 2013 UHI is offering its Vision Award, a full scholarship valued at up to $12,000 for night-vision goggle (NVG) certification in the Robinson R44 at the Prescott campus and in conjunction with Embry-Riddle and Night Flight Concepts. The scholarship is also an opportunity for Embry-Riddle and Universal to showcase a new training alliance with Dodge City Community College, which is designed to bring collegiate level NVG programs to the southwest U.S.
The NVG certification program includes a maximum of seven hours flight and 10 hours of ground training. Qualifications for the Vision Award scholarship include holding an FAA commercial rotorcraft helicopter certificate. Universal Helicopters will award the scholarship by a random drawing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, from those qualified registrants who come by the UHI booth during Heli-Expo ‘13. Registrants must be present to win the scholarship.
Gordon Jiroux, president of Universal Helicopters, pointed out to AIN that Universal’s dedication to helicopter safety is absolute. “We are closing in on 10 years without an accident system-wide,” he said. The company has grown to more than 30 Robinson helicopters in its fleet over its 13-year history.