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MD Helicopters Award Transition Training Scholarship to Embry-Riddle Student

Mesa, Ariz., November 11, 2021

Pictured Right:Brandon Hutchins (left), the scholarship recipient, alongside Eric Messina, flight instructor.

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is excited to announce that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus student Brandon Hutchins was selected as the 2021 recipient of the MD 500 Transition Training Scholarship valued at approximately $12,000.

The MD 500E Transition Training Scholarship was developed to support the next generation of rotorcraft pilots. Over the scholarship’s 10-year history, MD Helicopters has awarded more than two-hundred thousand dollars in training opportunities to 12 students.

An industry favorite, the MD 500E is an advanced, turbine-powered helicopter that delivers the highest speed, payload, and productivity in its class. To be qualified to fly, student pilots attend a week-long, one-on-one training course held at MD Helicopters’ headquarters and production facility in Mesa, Arizona. In addition to learning how to operate the aircraft, students learn integral helicopter systems and important emergency procedures.

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