PRESCOTT, AZ & ANAHEIM, CA – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus student Elijah Kemp has been awarded the 2020 MD 500 Transition Training Scholarship by MD Helicopters, Inc. This unique training opportunity has value of approximately $12,000.
The MD 500 is an advanced, turbine-powered helicopter that most students are not yet qualified to fly. The week-long, one-on-one training course is held at the MD Helicopters global headquarters and production facility in Mesa, Arizona. There, students learn helicopter systems, emergency procedures and how to fly the aircraft.
“Once again we were incredibly impressed by the quality of the applications we received for this year’s MD Helicopters Transition Training Scholarship,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MD Helicopters, Inc. “The caliber of applicants is a testament to Embry-Riddle’s commitment to developing a talented, next generation of rotorcraft pilots.”
"I want to thank Ms. Tilton, MD Helicopters, and Embry-Riddle for making this scholarship possible. I am honored to have been the recipient of this year’s MD 500 Transition Training Scholarship,” said Kemp. “This opportunity for specialized training in one of the most widely used helicopters in the industry will assist me in my pursuit for a career in the aviation community."
In addition to a current or impending Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating, the scholarship applicants are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0, have a first or second class FAA-medical certificate, and submit two letters of recommendation and a video essay explaining how the transition would help launch their career.
“MD Helicopters is an incredible and long-time supporter of the Embry-Riddle Helicopter Program through scholarships, factory visits, training materials and industry feedback,” said Dawn Groh, Embry-Riddle Associate Department Chair. “The connection and continual exchange of ideas with industry is a crucial element for our students’ success and enables us to be highly responsive in our training and curriculum to industry needs.”
“We are particularly pleased to present this year’s award to Elijah Kemp” Tilton concludes. “He is an extraordinary applicant with a very bright future. We are honored to be part of furthering his education and future as an MD Helicopter pilot."
The scholarship award announcement will be made at 12:30pm on Wednesday, January 29, at the MD Helicopters booth, #6815, at HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California.
For more information on Embry-Riddle’s Rotary Wing program, go to http://prescott.erau.edu/degrees/bachelor/aeronautical-science-rotary/index.html.
For more information on MD Helicopters, Inc., go to http://www.mdhelicopters.com/.
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About MD Helicopters, Inc.
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a woman-owned small business, is a leading rotorcraft manufacturer of American Made commercial, military, law enforcement & air-rescue helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for its value, versatility and performance. Commercial offerings include the MD 500E, MD 530F, MD 520N, MD 600N and twin-engine MD 902 Explorer. The MD 530F Cayuse Warrior, MD 530G Attack Helicopter, and MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter comprise the company’s high-performance military offerings. A key feature of the MD 902, MD 969, MD 600N and MD 520N is the innovative NOTAR® system for anti-torque control with no tail rotor
– exclusively by MDHI to provide safer, quieter performance and confined-area access capability.
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