On the eve of its 60th Anniversary in 2015, Whirly-Girls International, an organization dedicated to promoting women in helicopter aviation, named Guidance Aviation its Level 1 sponsor. Guidance Aviation has committed a total of $18,000 in cash donations to be evenly distributed over the next three years to support the Whirly-Girls' plans to revamp its current website and enhance its reach to future female helicopter pilots.
In addition to the cash donations, Guidance Aviation will also provide an X-Copter training device and two helicopter pilots trained to operate the X-Copter for the Whirly-Girls’ booth at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. Additionally, in support of the Whirly-Girls' marketing and online initiatives for 2015 and beyond, Guidance Aviation is also donating 20 hours of its marketing agency's time. This three-year commitment as a Level 1 sponsor of the Whirly-Girls including cash donations and other support represents a total approximate value of more than $30,000 donated by Guidance Aviation.
"The opportunity to work with Guidance Aviation and its team of talented professionals is a welcome opportunity for the Whirly-Girls," says Joni Schultz, VP of Operations, Whirly-Girls. "Guidance Aviation has recognized that our organization needs to extend its reach and will work as a guiding hand, ensuring that our membership and mission are getting the best exposure possible. The Guidance Aviation team is assisting us with the development of a new website and marketing strategies to help bolster recruitment and member retainment.”
"Over the past 16 years, I have watched drastic fluctuations in female student pilot and flight instructor populations," says John Stonecipher, President/CEO, Guidance Aviation. "These fluctuations indicate the industry needs support in improving these populations and striking a healthier balance. I am hopeful that this partnership is the next step to building a strong foundation for a well established development track for female helicopter pilots. Whirly-Girls has always provided valuable guidance, resources, and mentorship to their constituents."
Guidance Aviation is an FAA approved Part 141 helicopter flight training institution with flight operations in Prescott, Ariz. and Baton Rouge, La. Through its collegiate partner programs, graduates earn both their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Aviation Technology - Helicopters, and the necessary FAA certificates and ratings (CFII) to become working, professional helicopter pilots. Guidance Aviation is a military friendly organization, and the majority its employees and students are U.S. Military Veterans.
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