Universal Helicopters

First Bell 505 dealer in US marks up first sale

First Bell 505 dealer in US marks up first sale

15-Nov-2021

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, appointed Universal Helicopters (UHI) as its first Bell 505 Dealer in the United States with authorized territory of Arizona and Utah. UHI announces their first 505 sale and follow up order. Universal Helicopters President Dr. Gordon A Jiroux, hc, stated, “We are proud to announce that... Read more

Universal Helicopter International Named First Bell 505 Dealer in US

Universal Helicopter International Named First Bell 505 Dealer in US

21-Oct-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, appointed Universal Helicopter (UHI) as its first Bell 505 Dealer in the United States with Authorized territory of Arizona and Utah. Bell’s dealership network creates a complete experience from aircraft purchasing to operator training for current and future Bell 505 customers. “Deepening our collaboration with Universal... Read more

24-Sep-21 N3255H Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

24-Sep-21 N3255H Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

24-Sep-2021

FAA report – Emergency landing on golf course due to engine issues.  Image issued by Prescott Airport suggests no damage, although it is unknown how heavy the landing was... Read more

Bell and Universal Helicopters Collaborate to Expand Bell 505 Training

Bell and Universal Helicopters Collaborate to Expand Bell 505 Training

21-May-2021Source: Bell

As a long-time operator of the Bell 206 Jet Ranger, proving instruction and Part 135 services, Universal Helicopters (UHI) embarks on a new venture with Bell to deliver Bell 505 training to pilots across the U.S. and from around the world. New pilots can receive ab initio and rotary wing add-on training in the new... Read more

Universal Helicopters closes its doors after almost 60 years of operations

Universal Helicopters closes its doors after almost 60 years of operations

2-Jun-2020Source: CBC

After nearly six decades in Newfoundland and Labrador, Universal Helicopters has closed due to financial reasons. See Full Story. ... Read more

Universal Helicopters picks SkyTrac for Flight Report Automation

Universal Helicopters picks SkyTrac for Flight Report Automation

11-Aug-2016Source: SkyTrac

Universal Helicopters has selected SKYTRAC systems to automate crew position and flight reports, and to track airframe maintenance metrics for their AS350, Bell 206 and Bell 407 aircraft. With services extending into Canada’s High Arctic, UHNL required a solution that could transmit timely and accurate flight data back to a centrally located operations team even... Read more

Embry-Riddle and Universal Helicopters extend training agreement

Embry-Riddle and Universal Helicopters extend training agreement

10-Mar-2016

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus and Universal Helicopters Inc. (UHI) have announced an extension of their 2010 agreement to exclusively provide helicopter training to Embry-Riddle students. The program is designed to carry students from zero time through their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. The contract with UHI simplifies the path for students seeking helicopter flight training while... Read more

18-Aug-15 N5VH Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

18-Aug-15 N5VH Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

18-Aug-2015

Training accident.  Recording of ATC transmissions on this YouTube video.... Read more

Universal Helicopters complete 260 pilot certificates/ratings in 2014

Universal Helicopters complete 260 pilot certificates/ratings in 2014

12-Jan-2015Source: UHI

Universal Helicopters with 7 locations in 5 different states (Arizona, Utah, Kansas, California, and Texas) is proud to announce that they have completed an impressive 260 pilot certificates and ratings (Private through CFII in 2014). UHI is also proud of the fact that they have entered their 11th year with no Incidents, Accidents or Crashes.... Read more

13-Mar-14 Robinson R22B Salina, US-Kansas

13-Mar-14 Robinson R22B Salina, US-Kansas

13-Mar-2014

Emergency landing in field after mechanical issue.  Operating for K-State Salinas... Read more

Universal Helicopters Hires Director of Maintenance

Universal Helicopters Hires Director of Maintenance

5-Mar-2014Source: Universal Helicopters

Universal Helicopters with 6 locations in Arizona, Utah, Kansas and California is proud to announce the hiring of Alan Hall, a well-respected Director of Maintenance, with deep roots in the greater Phoenix, AZ area. With over 20 of his 24 years of aviation maintenance experience as Director of Maintenance and Manager of Quality Control, Alan’s... Read more

Universal Helicopters 10th year without accident or incident

Universal Helicopters 10th year without accident or incident

9-Jan-2014Source: Universal Helicopters

Universal Helicopters (UHI) with locations in Arizona, Utah, Kansas, and California, is proud to announce that they are in their 10th year with no incident, accident, or crashes. Dr. Gordon A Jiroux, President and CEO of UHI, stated “with safety, quality and crash free flying as our primary focus each and every day, UHI is... Read more

Universal Helicopters establishes Scholarship program at DCCC

Universal Helicopters establishes Scholarship program at DCCC

3-Jan-2014Source: Universal Helicopters

Dr. Gordon A Jiroux, President and CEO of Universal Helicopters, was on the Dodge City Community College (DCCC) campus November 14, 2013, for the first ever Universal Helicopters Technical Education Scholarship Reception. A student from each of the twenty-two technical education programs at Dodge City Community College was presented with a $1,000 scholarship by Dr.... Read more

Universal Helicopters orders four R44s and two R22s

Universal Helicopters orders four R44s and two R22s

6-Dec-2013Source: Universal Helicopters

Universal Helicopters (UHI), with locations in Arizona, Utah (dealership location), Kansas, and California, has placed orders on six new Robinson helicopters. Dr. Gordon A Jiroux, President and CEO of UHI, stated “with the success and demand for enrollment at all of our locations with respect to several different colligate programs, in the last quarter of... Read more

Dodge City Community College: No Unemployed Graduates

Dodge City Community College: No Unemployed Graduates

5-Nov-2013Source: Universal Helicopters

Dodge City Community College (DC3) a world leader, offering a 2-year college degree in Applied Science utilizing Rotorcraft – Helicopters, has zero unemployed graduates since the program began, over 5 years ago. At the inception of their Flight Instructor Program, Dodge City Community College awarded its flight training contract to Universal Helicopters. Universal Helicopters, a well-established... Read more

Designer’s concept presented for Offshore memorial (including Cougar 491)

Designer’s concept presented for Offshore memorial (including Cougar 491)

5-Nov-2013Source: Newfoundland Government

Family members gathered at Quidi Vidi Lake, the site of the future memorial to the victims of Cougar 491 and the 1985 Universal Helicopter crashes, as the designer’s concept for the monument was presented. The proposal, put forward by artist Luben Boykov and landscape architect Frederick Hann, was chosen through competition by a committee of... Read more

FIRC Approval for UHI’s Standardization & Safety Seminar

FIRC Approval for UHI’s Standardization & Safety Seminar

4-Oct-2013Source: Universal Helicopters

Universal Helicopters (UHI) with locations in Arizona, Utah, Kansas, and California, would like to announce that their annual Safety and Standardization Seminar (SSS) has received the necessary FAA approval to conduct its SSS as a Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC). This FIRC was added as an additional course to UHI’S existing approved 141 course list.... Read more

Honorary Doctorate for President of Universal Helicopters

Honorary Doctorate for President of Universal Helicopters

28-May-2013Source: Dodge City Community College

Gordon Jiroux, President of Universal Helicopters received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Aviation Science with all of the Rights, Honors, Privileges and Responsibilities from Dodge City Community College on May 4, 2013. Mr. Jiroux has been a partner to Dodge City Community College in helicopter flight training for more than five years. “He is one... Read more

Universal Helicopters announces new NVG training alliance

Universal Helicopters announces new NVG training alliance

3-Mar-2013Source: Universal Helicopters

Universal Helicopters (UHI), a leader in helicopter flight training, Night Flight Concepts (NFC), the leading provider of comprehensive night vision solutions, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s oldest and most prestigious aeronautical university and Dodge City Community College (DC3) are pleased to announce new training alliance to bring collegiate level NVG programs to the southwest.... Read more

12-Aug-12 C-FTJU Bell 407 Wabush, Canada

12-Aug-12 C-FTJU Bell 407 Wabush, Canada

12-Aug-2012

Crashed and pilot to hospital – CADAORS 2012A0768... Read more

14-Jun-12 C-GNAI Eurocopter AS350B2 Hebron, Canada

14-Jun-12 C-GNAI Eurocopter AS350B2 Hebron, Canada

14-Jun-2012

While manoeuvring near wildlife at low altitude, the tail rotor struck rocks and a large vibration was noted in the pedals. The pilot landed beside the nearby river without incident and called the company to report. The subsequent maintenance inspection revealed damage to the tail rotor blades, drive shafts, the tail boom and the vertical... Read more

Embry-Riddle recognises safety record of Universal Helicopters

Embry-Riddle recognises safety record of Universal Helicopters

27-Mar-2012Source: Embry-Riddle

President’s Safety Day is an annual event recognizing the safety record of the flight department at the Prescott campus. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President, Dr. John Johnson, attended the event on February 23, 2012, to present the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Safety. This year’s recipient was Mr. Gordon Jiroux, President and Owner of Universal... Read more

Universal Helicopters appointed exclusive helicopter training provider to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Universal Helicopters appointed exclusive helicopter training provider to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

30-Jan-2010Source: Prescott e-News

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  is pleased to announce its selection of Universal Helicopters (UHI) as the exclusive provider of the Helicopter Flight Training Program to students at the University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus.... Read more

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