Jerry Trimble Helicopters opens Texas base

SMITHVILLE, Texas — Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) recently positioned an R-22 at the airport in Smithville, Texas (84R), for flight training and scenic flights of the Colorado River.

Smithville is located an hour’s drive southeast of Austin or 2 hours northwest of Houston. Out of town students can fly into either airport. JTH will pick up students at the Austin airport at no charge, company officials note.

The Smithville airport is ideal for flight training because it is a non-towered airport located away from town with good approaches and departures, company officials said.. Student housing will be available within a mile and a half of the airport and will be offered at $13 per night. JTH Texas will continue offering flight training at the Oregon rates of $184/hour solo and $234/hour dual. Currently, all dual flights will be done with Jerry Trimble.

“Smithville is your typically small Texas town with friendly people who love to hunt, fish and eat. One of the best barbeque restaurants in Texas is located in Smithville, so expect some good eatin’ while you’re here’” says Trimble.

If you are not into Texas barbeque, and are more of the golfing, country club type, you can head to Palm Springs, Calif., for flight training. JTH has a winter base located in Thermal, Calif., which is led by Adam Goad.

McMinnville, Oregon continues to be the year-round home base of JTH. Currently, instrument training is not available in Texas or California, but is available at the McMinnville location. McMinnville has both an instrument equipped R-22 for $230/hour dual and R-44 for $446/hour dual. An instrument equipped Cessna 172 and ground simulator is also available.

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