Gordon is widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable and skilled professionals within the helicopter training industry. He completed his helicopter private, commercial and CFI ratings at Pacific Wing & Rotor (PWR) of Long Beach California in 1981. It was at PWR, the first flight school in the world to receive a Robinson R22 for training purposes that Gordon began his career as a certified flight instructor. He purchased R22 serial number #4 and opened a flight school in Scottsdale Arizona, and by 1983 at the age of 25, the FAA designated Gordon the position of pilot examiner in the Robinson R22. This helped him set the standard for helicopter flight training in his designated area of operation. Gordon’s dedication to quality and safety made him the obvious choice in 1983, when the Robinson Helicopter Company issued him the Dealership/Service Center of Arizona. By 1990 his company was the largest helicopter flight school in the world utilizing 18 Robinson R22’s and 3 Bell Jet Rangers.
Today after more than 30 years of flying the Robinson helicopters, Gordon is known nationwide as well as abroad, as one of the most professional, knowledgeable and conscientious helicopter flight instructors. He has the reputation for providing the most comprehensive, thorough and organized flight training available, with a special emphasis placed on the student’s individualized goals. Jiroux, continually passes his helicopter knowledge and expertise on to flight instructors as well as UHI personnel to ensure that the organization’s quality of instruction remains at the highest level. He also remains in direct and constant communication with the Robinson Helicopter Company for the sole purpose of helping to provide awareness of industry concerns to the manufacturer. Gordon received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Aviation Science with all of the Rights, Honors, Privileges and Responsibilities in May 4, 2013. This recognition was awarded to Jiroux in appreciation of his outstanding contributions to Dodge City Community College, his vast aviation knowledge and his commitment and dedication to the global aviation industry.
Under the leadership of President Jiroux, Universal Helicopters is the only contracted provider to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University since 2010. This contract requires UHI to provide all of the helicopter flight courses for ERAU’s degree programs. Additionally, in January 2019, UHI became the only Bell Helicopter Certified Training Facility in the US. This specialize contract to provide Bell training to Bell’s customers is located in Dallas Texas.