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WELCOME to Helicopter Foundation International – promoting and preserving the history and heritage, enhancing the present, and building the future of the civil helicopter industry. Helicopter Foundation International is headquartered at 1635 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. You may reach us at 703-683-4646. 

OUR MISSION: Preserving our Heritage—Building our Future

Founded in 1983, the Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich history and heritage of the helicopter and of the industry's service to mankind, helping to educate the future generations of helicopter professionals, and promoting the helicopter industry as an exciting and valuable career choice for young people, thus perpetuating vertical flight's contributions to the world in which we live.

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OUR SUPPORTERS:  Our thanks to the following individuals and companies, who have so generously donated funds so that HFI can maintain and expand its service to the present and future of our industry as we strive to assure a new generation of helicopter professionals:


  • Patrick & Nancy Corr
  • Elling Halvorson
  • Rod & Linda Kvamme
  • Thomas & Deanne Marlow
  • George Edward "Ed" & Dorothy Newton ( 2-year supporter)
  • Jim Ricklefs
  • Roy & JoAnna Simmons
  • Nancy & Steve Sullivan (3-year supporter)
  • Wallace Burks for the VIP members of

Companies & Associations

  • AirSure Limited LLC
  • Air Logistics - A Bristow Company
  • American Eurocopter (2-year supporter)
  • Artic Air Service Inc.
  • Baines Simmons Americas
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • Bristow Group, Inc.
  • Chevron Products Company - Ad Division of Chevron, U.S.A.  (3-year supporter)
  • Edwards & Associates
  • ERA Helicopters
  • Francis Wilson Trust
  • FlightSafety International
  • Hillcrest Aircraft COmpany, Inc.
  • Hillsboro Aviation
  • Lycoming, A Textron Company (2-year supporter)
  • Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters
  • Rainer Heli-Lift, Inc.
  • Rolls-Royce (2-year supporter)
  • Turbomeca USA (2-year supporter)
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Our thanks also go to the airframe and engine manufacturers who have made the following courses available under the Bill Sanderson Scholarship category: 

  • Agusta Aerospace Corporation (A109 series)
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (any model)
  • Eurocopter (all current models except Super Puma)
  • MD Helicopters (500/600/900 series)
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada, Inc. (PT6T, PT6B-36/37 or PW-206 engines)
  • Rolls-Royce (250 series engine – any model)
  • Schweizer (269C-C-1, 300C/300CB) (this is a ten day course)
  • Turbomeca (Arriel 1&2 series and Arrius 2 series engines)