Safety is a learned behavior. At Universal Helicopters, our job is to create a safe
training environment for our Students, Instructors and all our employees. Safety
is our number 1 priority. All decisions we make are predicated on making, keeping
and improving the safety of our operations. Economic considerations come second.
We have Universal Helicopters Safety Policies, Practices & Procedures which all
students and instructors must read, understand and agree to comply with to create
and maintain that safe environment.
We teach Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) to help our students and instructors
to determine the best course of action for a given set of circumstances. This teaches
them to understand and manage risks, recognize hazardous attitudes, to make good
decisions and to be safe pilots.
We are intolerant of students and instructors who do not follow our Safety Policy,
Practices and Procedures, FAA regulations and the Limitations defined by the Robinson
Helicopter Company for our helicopters. There are no second chances.
The FAA has created a national FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) with one mission, to improve
the aviation safety record in the USA. Universal Helicopters has four representatives
(in Provo, Prescott, Dodge City and Scottsdale) dedicated to the promotion of aviation
safety and to support the FAA Regional Program Managers.
We run an annual Standardization and Safety Seminar and Flight Instructor Refresher Course for all our instructors and invited guests, the most recent of which was held at ERAU’s Prescott AZ campus in October 2016.
- Review of recent helicopter crashes, causes and prevention.
- Mid Air Collisions
- Air Ambulance crashes
- Helicopter Crashes & CFIT
- Robinson Helicopter Crashes
- Post Maintenance, Pre-Flighting
- Hidden Dangers (night, bad weather, low altitude, attitude, over water, wire strikes, LTE)
- Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), crashes and accidents
- Crash Avoidance and UHI Safety Culture
- Fundamentals of Instructing
- Being the Best Instructor You Can Be
- Training & Instruction Techniques
- How to maintain and improve the quality of training
- Common student errors
- A review of National Airspace System
- Key Part 61, 91 & 141 Federal Aviation Regulations and interpretations
- Navigating in the 21st Century and NextGen, ADS-B
- Instrument & CFII update for Instructors
- TSA for Instructors
- FAASTeam & Wings Program
- Guest Speakers
- AIG Aerospace
- Robinson Helicopter Company
- Pylon Aviation
- Dodge City Community College
Flight Instructor Standardization & Safety Seminar and FIRC – Prescott AZ, October 2016
Universal Helicopters receives the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Presidents'
Award for Safety
On Thursday, February 23, 2012, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Department
of Flight held their annual President’s Safety Day. This annual event brings the
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President, Dr. John Johnson, to the Prescott
Campus to recognize the safety record of the flight department. This year the President’s
Award for Outstanding Achievement in Safety was presented to Mr. Gordon Jiroux,
the President and Owner of Universal Helicopters.
UHI is the contractor for providing helicopter training for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University at the Prescott, Arizona campus. UHI has provided high quality flight
instruction with zero accidents since the start of the contract over two years ago.
UHI operates over 27 Robinson Helicopters within their system (20 R22’s & 7 R44’s)
and has remained accident free for nearly 10 years. The College of Aviation is proud
to have UHI providing their helicopter flight instruction for their Prescott Campus
Dr.Johnson-President. ERAU, Gordon Jiroux-President. UHI, Danny Mackenzie -UHI Director
of Operation, Dr. Ayers-Executive V.P. ERAU, Prescott Campus.