About HFI

We are a tax-exempt charitable foundation that promotes safety, education, and historic preservation for the international helicopter community

What we do, why we do it

HFI Programs

HFI programs support helicopter safety, preserve and display the history of vertical flight, and promote the industry as a rewarding career through scholarships and education

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HFI Events

Have fun AND raise money to support scholarships for future pilots and maintenance technicians, historic preservation of helicopter history, and HFI Safety programs

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Preserve the Past. Improve Safety. Secure the Future


Helicopter Foundation International works to preserve the history of vertical flight, improve its safety, and educate the next generation of pilots and maintenance technicians.

If this mission is important to you, consider becoming an HFI patron.

Upcoming Events

  1. Apply for Scholarships
    September 1 - November 30
  2. Donate Auction Items
    October 15, 2016 - February 18, 2017

Latest News

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is pleased to announce the Commercial Pilot Rating and Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships will accept new¬†applications beginning September 1, 2016. Applicants for the Commercial Pilot Rating Scholarship must already have obtained their private license and be enrolled in a commercial helicopter rating program at an FAA-approved Part 141 school or international equivalent. Up to four scholarships may be awarded. Applicants for the Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship must already be enrolled in a maintenance technician certificate program … read more

Gregory Gilliland was always mechanically inclined and loved working on cars throughout high school. After graduation, he decided to attend the aviation program of the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. While there, Gilliland interned at CJ Systems Aviation Group in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, working in its Part 145 repair station under the supervision of licensed airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians. He graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2008 with a B.S. in aviation maintenance technology and a … read more