ALEA corporate member Night Flight Concepts has awarded a scholarship to Natalie Jones of the Whirly-Girls, the international association of female helicopter pilots.
Jones is currently deployed in the Philippines, flying concrete and steel to a remote jungle site in support of a dam building project for the main water supply to the city of Manila. Later this year she will again fly firefighting missions in Australia. "My utility experience has enabled me to experience a multitude of flying environments that have limited visual reference, whether due to smoke or weather. Both of these conditions have similar attributes to night flying and being able to maintain situational awareness. This scholarship will inevitably aid me in becoming a safer and more competent pilot. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity," says Jones.
The scholarship will provide Jones an initial NVG endorsement for a flight position in airborne law enforcement, EMS, or government agencies. The course, valued at $12,000, will provide eight hours of ground instruction and approximately six hours of flight training in a Robinson R-66 turbine helicopter.
More information on the Whirly-Girls organization is available at www.whirlygirls.org.