Group 3 Aviation Inc. Opens Satellite Flight Training Facility in Alaska

Open House for the new facilities will be held at its Merrell Field location on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 10 AM through 5 PM.


Van Nuys, California - October 6, 2010 – Group 3 Aviation Inc. today announced the grand opening of its new satellite helicopter flight training and commercial helicopter service facilities in Anchorage, Alaska. Group 3 Aviation is an FAA Approved Part 141 flight training facility and Part 135 charter service with main headquarters at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY), with Part 133 External load certification pending. Open House for the new facilities will be held at its Merrell Field location on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 10 AM through 5 PM. This event is open to the public.

Group 3 Aviation Alaska is currently the only FAA Approved Part 141 helicopter flight training facility in Anchorage. In addition to Schweizer 300CBi and R44 helicopter training, the new facility will offer local aerial photo and film services through its close relationship with production partner INDIE AERIALS LLC. Additional services will be launched – such as financing, GI education benefits and Part 135 services – once Part 135 Air Carrier certification is obtained for the satellite facilities. FAA certification is already in progress.

“We’re thrilled to open our new facilities and meet growing demands for our popular flight training and commercial aerial services,” explains Claudia Herrera, Vice President of Group 3 Aviation. “The new facilities will provide the same expertise and dedication our customers have grown to expect, whether it's attending flight school or utilizing Group 3's commercial aerial services.”

The customer-centric business has earned a global reputation for excellence since its inception in 1993, with students trained throughout the United States and as far away as South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Research and exploration for its new location have been underway for more than a decade, with site selection finalized in June of 2010. Group 3 Aviation Alaska training facilities, including its administrative offices and hangar, are located at:

Merrell Field

2600 East 5th Avenue

Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3038

More information about Group3 Aviation - Alaska, its crew, services and courses may be found at www.group3helicopters.com.

About Group 3 Aviation Inc.

Founded in 1993 at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Group 3 Aviation is an FAA approved Part 141 flight training facility and Part 135 helicopter charter service, with Part 133 External Load certification by FAA pending. Group 3 Aviation is VA approved for GI education benefits and SEVIS approved for M-1 Visa students, also a preeminent Southern California Sikorsky Global Helicopters Sales Centers and FAA designated computer testing center. The company is a member of Helicopter Association International, AOPA, The Alaska Airmen's Association, Whirly-Girls International, LA INC, U.S. Travel Association and the Better Business Bureau. The company has been featured on a Reason.tv episode of the Drew Carey Project and has been featured on the cover of Flight Training magazine. More information about Group 3 Aviation's Los Angeles facility can be found at www.group3aviation.com.

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