Leading Edge Flight Academy and Central Oregon Community College to Support New Scholarship Opportunity for Members of Whirly-Girls International
The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc. today announced they will be offering a new Instrument Rating scholarship in conjunction with Leading Edge Flight Academy & Central Oregon Community College (COCC) to a deserving member of Whirly-Girls International for 2021.
This scholarship provides the opportunity to receive a helicopter instrument rating training course. Leading Edge Flight Academy will provide 21 hours of flight training in the Robinson R44 and 30 hours of ground instruction. COCC will provide 14 hours of flight training in an Advanced Aviation Training Device (simulator). Training will take place in Bend, Oregon, USA and the course is valued at approximately $16,725.
“Together with our newest contributor, Leading Edge Flight Academy and COCC, we are pleased to offer an instrument rating scholarship in our program this year” said Joni Schultz, President of Whirly-Girls International. “The training the recipient will receive is incredibly valuable, life-saving valuable. We appreciate the efforts of all parties responsible for making this opportunity possible. This scholarship adds great value in the 2021 scholarship program. To quote Helen Keller “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."”
"Leading Edge Flight Academy, in partnership with COCC, is very happy to announce the new Instrument Rating Scholarship. We are excited to be joining the list of Whirly Girl contributors and help advance women pilots in the industry. The recipient will receive the required training for a helicopter instrument rating, gaining the invaluable skills necessary to become a better, safer pilot. At Leading Edge, we instill our values of safety and professionalism with each student we graduate through a course; helping the aviation community grow, one success story at a time." Said Nicole Orlich, Director of Flight Operations for Leading Edge Flight Academy.
“Leading Edge Flight Academy’s commitment to safety and professionalism contributes an essential element to the Central Oregon Community College Aviation Program,” said Karl Baldessari, the Aviation Program Director at COCC. “The long-standing relationship between the two organizations strengthens all aspects of the programs to a point of national recognition. Through scholarships like this, Leading Edge continues to support college, and industry goals of equal access to an education of choice, and diversity in the workforce. “
All active members of Whirly-Girls International in good standing at the time of application who hold at least a private pilot certificate/license will be eligible to apply for the scholarship. Application details can be found at https://whirlygirls.org/scholarship-offerings-and-requirements-scholarships/.
About Leading Edge Aviation
For over a decade Leading Edge Flight Academy has specialized in training helicopter pilots, airplane pilots, and launching aviation careers. Located in Bend, Oregon with 300+ days of sunshine for consistent, four-season flying, Leading Edge's start-to-finish support and above industry standard training prepares you to meet your aviation goals. Our management team of pilots – with over 37,000 cumulative hours and 100+ years in the industry – knows what it takes to prepare you for a career in aviation.
About Central Oregon Community College
Central Oregon Community College, the oldest two-year college in Oregon, provides comprehensive college services to the residents of its 10,000-square-mile district.
The COCC Aviation Professional Pilot discipline provides students with the knowledge and skills required to enter the exciting world of professional aviation. COCC provides instruction in airplane, helicopter, and unmanned aerial systems in a small class setting with close support of experienced instructors.
About Whirly-Girls International
Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. It was founded in 1955 and currently has more than 2000 members representing 47 countries. Its goals include the Promotion of women in the helicopter industry through scholarship awards, mentoring, public appearances, press releases, magazine articles and informational displays in aviation museums; the exchange of information among women in helicopter aviation; and the promotion of community acceptance of rotorcraft through increasing public awareness of rotorcraft utility and versatility.