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Whirly-Girl Thank You 2008

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Dear Rhonda and John:

Thanks again for the Whirly-Girl Scholarship. It was wonderful being in Connecticut at your school. Mike Rosenbush was very conscientious about getting me the required tasks I need for continuing my Instructor Certificate. He had major patience.

Thank you for the party and luncheon you gave for me. I enjoyed meeting all the instructors and everyone working there with special mention to Andy, John and Ken who also had a hand in my training. I hope I am able to continue when I get home.




Boyer, Trish

Trish BoyerTrish Boyer left NEH to fly tours in the Grand Canyon, with Papillon Helicopters. After a season with Papillion she went to Liberty Helicopters in NYC. Now Trish is employed with AAG (Associated Aircraft Group) out of Wappingers Falls, NY, flying Corporate.

Redlinska, Ivona

“The reason why I became a pilot is because of the sense of adventure and challenge that I seek from the things I do. I feel that flying a helicopter fits my personality and character, as well as allows and provokes me to reach my full potential in the endless possibilities of this career”.


Chaplin, Blake

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Blake Chaplin was our youngest woman Whirly-Girl pilot. She was 14 when she began training.

I want to be a pilot because I find it to be an exhilarating experience to be trusted with the controls of a vehicle moving through the air, that really if you look at it, has no business anywhere but on the ground. From the first flight I ever took I knew I wanted to have my head in the clouds and my love of flying has only grown since then. I first wanted to try it because it looked different and exciting, and it was love at first flight 😉

Scholarships Open to Female Aviators

wiaaThe group opened its applications process for the scholarships July 1, 08.

Scholarships offered for 2009 cover flight training, academic, career-change endeavors. Earlier this year, the group awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarships to 60 members.

The deadline for all scholarship applications in November 21, 2008. Winners of these scholarships are to be announced during the 20th anniversary International Woman in Aviation Conference. That event is scheduled for February 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

The group is offering several scholarships for the first time.

The Sporty’s Foundation is offering two $5,000 recreational pilot flight training scholarships for group members who are small aircraft maintenance technicians. Hal Shevers of Sporty’s offered these scholarships as part of his mission to help provide a well-trained workforce to maintain small aircraft.

A scholarship has been set up in memory of Flo Irwin, who along with her husband founded Aircraft Spruce and Specialty. It offers $1,000 to a junior or senior woman majoring in aviation management with the intent to start her own aviation business.

For details, visit the scholarship page on their website, located here.