March  2018

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Yavapai Exceptional Industries Expands Headquarters, Adding Activity and Ancillary Services Center


Prescott, Arizona—Earlier this month, Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI) expanded its Washington Avenue Headquarters, adding the 3,000-square-foot "440" Activity and Ancillary Service Center, which Executive Director Brad Newman said will accommodate participants from all three YEI! Employment, Training, and Activity Centers in a variety of programs and activities.  


"Ancillary programs at YEI! are developed to encourage independence, integration, employability, and personal safety," Newman said. "With 178 YEI guys and gals currently enrolled, now we've got the space to encourage their growth."


The "440" Activity and Ancillary Services Center features:


  • A cardio room.
  • A kitchen.
  • Classroom space, where nutrition classes will take place.
  • A computer skills lab.
  • Several smart TVs (donated by the Whalen Family in Flagstaff).
  • The new, upgraded, energy-efficient server for all three YEI! facilities (it's much smaller than the old server, which took up an entire room in the main Headquarters building).

Newman said the expansion of the Washington Avenue Headquarters was a community project, and several organizations "were generous in the extreme conversion of the space," Newman said: Prescott Charities manages the financial aspects and building maintenance, and several local companies contributed, as well. Totally Floored of Prescott Valley provided new flooring, Engrained Cabinetry and EuroTech Cabinets provided cabinetry, Quality Maytag supplied kitchen appliances, Carlos Aguilera Custom Painting provided painting services, and Prescott Plumbing upgraded the plumbing.


Newman said the building has previously housed The Blind Center (until it closed its doors) and Arizona's Children Association (until it outgrew the space and moved).


YEI! is a charitable organization founded in 1974 to support adults with disabilities living in the Central Highlands by providing them with job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services. The "Developmental Employment" program at YEI! includes the award-winning "Community Contribution Corps" and has been continually accredited at the highest level of service by the National Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since 1978.


NorthAire Aviation Opens Advanced Flight Simulation Lab at the Prescott Airport

Prescott, Arizona, January, 2018 - North-Aire Aviation of Prescott, Arizona opened their new advanced flight simulation lab this January, 2018, complementing their FAA Approved Part 141 flight training program at  Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC). North-Aire's flight simulation laboratory is comprised of three REDBIRD™ flight simulators: the “FMX" (full motion flight simulator), the “LD” and “TD”. The REDBIRD ™ brand is well known in aviation circles as a best in class flight simulator, with the Redbird MCX, FMX, SD, LD, VTO, MX2, and Red Bird cockpit specific devices being FAA approved Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATD).

“If you want to fly airplanes this is where you start. Utilizing these advanced airplane training devices allows our students and instructors to practice flight maneuvers in a safe, well practiced environment. In addition, pilots can practice emergency maneuvers and scenarios that would be impractical to simulate in an airplane. Such practice creates a better situational awareness and a well rounded, safer pilot. These aviation training devices also provide a cost savings as well as a time savings for our student pilots and seasoned pilots,” states Jason Kopcsak, President, North-Aire Aviation. “Our full motion simulator, the “FMX”, is configured for the Cessna 172 with Garmin G1000 glass panel and is our primary flight training device. Instrument flight students may utilize the FMX for almost 1/2 of their required instrument flight time, a big cost savings. Our “LD” model is also configured as a Cessna 172, but displays round dials for pilots that are proficient on G1000 glass, but would like training on legacy flight panels. Our “TD” model, is configured for the Garmin G1000 glass panel and primarily is used for our students wanting to practice on a G1000 panel, as well as instrument students wanting to practice holding maneuvers and instrument approaches. The TD is available to any student, at no cost. Again, this is a great cost savings for all our students  in addition to being a great tool for seasoned pilots and necessary recurrent training. The NorthAire Advance Flight Simulation lab is a great addition to both the NorthAire facilities as well as our airport community. We welcome all pilots and prospective pilots to come take a tour.”

North-Aire is celebrating the opening of their advanced flight training lab in conjunction with their new student BBQ Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1130am. Address: 6501 N. Wilkinson Drive, Prescott, AZ New Students will have the opportunity to meet with instructor pilots and staff.  North-Aire on Google Maps:



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