priority one

safety is paramount


Safety is a learned behavior, At Universal Helicopters, our goal is to create a safe, effective training environment for our Students, Instructors and other employees. Safety is our #1 Priority. All operational decisions are predicated on making, keeping and improving the safety of our operations. We have comprehensive safety policies, practices and procedures which all students and instructors must read, understand and agree to comply with to create and maintain our safety culture.

At Universal Helicopters, safety is the priority. Because safety is a learned behavior all decisions are predicated on making, keeping and improving the safety of our operations. Because Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) is key in safety of flight we focus on teaching it during all operations. Universal Helicopters Owner and Chief Flight instructor with over 50 years of industry experience have a designated Safety Manager along with proven Safety Policies, Practices, and Procedures to create and maintain the safest environment possible.

Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.”

Captain A G Lamplugh
British Aviation Insurance Group
London. c. early 1930’s

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, and Scottsdale) dedicated to the promotion of aviation safety and to support the FAA Regional Program Managers.

On Thursday, February 23, 2012, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Department of Flight held its 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 students.

Dr.Johnson-President. ERAU, Gordon Jiroux-President. UHI, Danny Mackenzie -UHI Director of Operation, Dr. Ayers-Executive V.P. ERAU, Prescott Campus.

universal helicopters receive the embry riddle aeronautical university presidents’

award for safety

our company

safety course

Our Standardization and Safety Seminar and Flight Instructor Refresher course for all instructor and invited guests, include at least the subjects listed below.


  • 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
    (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 the 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
  • FAAS Team & Wings Program

In flying I have learned that carelessness and overconfidence are usually far more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks.”

Letter from Wilbur Wright to his Father in September 1903.