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Big Thank You to our Disabled American Veterans!!

**American Heroes Tour Grand Finale at Independent Helicopters at Stewart Airport**

Together we raised $1,922.00 for our Disabled American Veterans!!!

We were so honored to have sponsored this amazing fundraiser

Tom and his family from the Armonia Band held the American Heroes Tour with their grand finale at our office at Stewart Airport.
Thank You to all that came out to the shows and showed so much love and support.
We are very grateful and humbled by your generous support.

Thank you to Senator Bill Larkin for supporting us and believing in our cause. Thanks to the D.A.V. and thanks to the wonderful airport staff at Stewart International Airport. The Highland Falls Rotary, Port Jervis Elks, Milford American Legion, The Saturday Night Cruisers, Donna Kessler of The Times Herald Record, Lot 14, our Awesome fans and our Veterans.

Save the date for next year, July 31st, 2016!!  Check our Facebook page for more details!

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An Amazing Opportunity For The Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation!

Dear Family and Friends,

We have the chance to raise $11,000 for The Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation before July 1st. Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, that’s only a day away!

We know we raised money shortly after Marius passed, but we just couldn’t let this opportunity slip away! We can’t wait to share these funds with hopeful students to obtain their dreams in Aviation.

Marius’ scholarship fund has been selected by The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan as one of the first fundraising campaigns for a new online giving platform called GiveGab. And to help us get off to a strong start, GiveGab has given us a starter donation of $1,000! Additionally, the company has agreed to MATCH every dollar for the next $5,000 donated BEFORE July 1st. That’s a chance to raise $11,000!!!

Just to be clear, we are asking you for a total $5,000 before July 1st. We are asking you to reach into your pockets and give again, to help us with this one-time, incredible opportunity. And here is what’s in it for you: If you donate at least $25 between now and July 1st, your name will be entered into a drawing. If we reach our fundraising goal as stated above, on July 1st we will randomly select a name, and The Joshua Stamm Memorial Scholarship Fund will donate $1,000 to one of the charities listed below, as determined by the winner of the drawing:

– Make-A-Wish Foundation
– No Kid Hungry, to end childhood hunger in America
– Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
– Autism Speaks

With your generosity, we can take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Please help us to help others here:

Thank you!

Heather Howley


Independent Helicopters own Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), Heather Howley!

So you have been rigorously studying and training to become a helicopter pilot at another school, and you are ready for your check ride. We are sad you chose to not study with us. However, you can still do you check ride with the wonderful Heather Howley, who is now an official FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for your private, commercial and instrument (IFR) licenses in Robinson helicopters.

Heather is approved to conduct examinations in both the Robinson R22 and Robinson R44 helicopters within the Tederboro FSDO. Contact us to set up an appointment for your check ride. (Or just to say congratulations to Heather!

All content except otherwise noted © 2015 Independent Helicopters LLC; Heather Howley chief pilot & CEO, Matt Taggard Operations Director Stewart Airport (845) 549-3755

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