For the hundreds of helicopter pilots that have trained or flown with Dr. Gordon Jiroux in a Robinson R22 over his 30-plus, accident-free years as a flight instructor and the countless others in the industry who know him, the announcement that he would receive the W.A.“Dub” Blessing Award (Flight Instructor of the Year) here at Heli-Expo 2014 was probably met with the thought, “Well, it’s about time!”
Universal Helicopters exclusively provides flight training for Kansas State University in Salina and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (at its Prescott, Ariz. campus). Founded in 2000, Universal has six training locations in four states, 35 helicopters and more than 40 flight instructors. Over the last 10 years, the company has flown some 25,000 hours of accident-free flying, most all of it in training.
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