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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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Michelle North Scholarship – For Those who Promote Safety!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 (686 reads)General News

The Helicopter Foundation International is pleased to accept applications for The Michelle North Scholarship for Safety – a scholarship specifically geared to promote safety within the helicopter industry. One winner will be selected from all qualified applicants and he or she will be invited to join us at HELI-EXPO 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

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2012 Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament Information
Thursday, August 25, 2011 (1072 reads)General News

If you love to play golf, want to support the education of the next generation of pilots, mechanics and aviation technicians, and help preserve the history of the helicopter industry, here is the perfect opportunity to do it all while having a lot of fun. Sign up as a sponsor, donor or player for HFI’s Third Annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament.

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URGENT: HFI Needs Your Vote Now!!!
Thursday, August 25, 2011 (1017 reads)General News

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) works to ensure the helicopter industry’s future success and to preserve its rich past. Last year HFI awarded 18 scholarships. These scholarships were awarded for Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarships (4), Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships (6), and Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarships (7) to attend maintenance courses at various institutions throughout the country, and one Michelle North Scholarship for Safety. HFI would like to build on that success and expand our scholarship offerings for this year.

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HFI’s 2011 Scholarship Program is Now Accepting Applications!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 (2230 reads)General News


July 1, 2011 – Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is now accepting applications for the 18 scholarships the organization awards to students of the helicopter industry.
Beginning today, interested students can go to and download an application for the scholarship of their choice. 
Don’t miss your chance to ease the burden of your education costs!

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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 generations of our industry as we strive to assure a new generation of helicopter professionals:


Patrick Corr
Elling Halvorson
Rod & Linda Kvamme
Thomas & Deanne Marlow
George Edward "Ed" & Dorothy Newton
Jim Ricklefs
Roy & JoAnna Simmons
Nancy & Steve Sullivan

Companies & Associations

AirSure Limited LLC
Air Logistics - A Bristow Company
American Eurocopter
Artic Air Service Inc.
Baines Simmons Americas
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Bristow Group, Inc.
Chevron Products Company - Ad Division of Chevron, U.S.A. 
Edwards & Associates
ERA Helicopters
Francis Wilson Trust
FlightSafety International
Hillcrest Aircraft Company, Inc.
Hilisboro Aviation
Lycoming, A Textron Company 
Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters
Rainer Heli-Lift, Inc.
Turbomeca USA

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
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
MD Helicopters 
Pratt & Whitney Canada, Inc.