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Girl Scouts Fly Helicopters at Guidance Aviation during Discover Aviation Camp in Prescott, AZ.

Prescott, AZ - Girl Scouts participating in the 2014 Discover Aviation Camp received VIP access to Guidance Aviation's helicopter flight training facilities as well as its associated campus of Yavapai Community College. Campers enjoyed experiencing what it is like to sit in and touch the controls of Robinson R22's, R44's, and R66 helicopters; take a part in helicopter ground school; and experience hands-on training in the NEXTGEN helicopter flight simulators by X-Copter at Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona.

In 1999, the first Discover Aviation Camp hosted 17 campers.  The only thing missing during that first camp was experiencing an actual flight.  By 2003 the camp had arranged the proper insurance and safe guards to allow Girl Scouts to fly and since that year, over 150 Girl Scouts have experienced a flight lesson.

“The Ninety-Nines are very pleased with the growing success of Discover Aviation Camp and the Girls Can Fly program,” said NBAA Representative and camp coordinator Stacy Howard. “Our aim is to provide a high quality, hands-on introduction to aviation and the flying experience. In this way we build a future for our industry and inspiration for the Girl Scouts who come here.”

In recent years, Discover Aviation established a relationship with Guidance Aviation, a helicopter flight training facility at the Prescott Airport.

"We couldn't do this without the help of Prescott Municipal Airport, the aviation businesses in Prescott, and, of course, the Girl Scouts Council, which subsidizes most of the costs of the camp and provides scholarships for some of the campers," said Stacy Howard.

For more information on the camps, contact Stacy Howard at showard@nbaa.org

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