Helena Aviation Readiness Center

1-189th Aviation Battalion

3330 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT 59602


Helena Aviation Readiness Center is located on the north side of Helena Regional Airport in Montana. It is home to the 1-189th Aviation Battalion which operates three types of helicopters: UH-60 Blackhawk, CH-47 Chinook and the UH-72 Lakota. C-12 fixed-wing aircraft are also based at the Aviation Readiness Center.

The facility includes a large ramp for helicopter operations and a “heavy ramp”, which is capable of supporting the world’s largest military aircraft. The heavy ramp allows large transport aircraft to park while loading or unloading personnel and equipment in support of the Army’s global reach missions anywhere in the world. The Helena Regional Airport’s 9000-foot long runway can accommodate any of the large military aircraft in use today; it is not uncommon to see C-17’s, C-130’s or even C-5 transport aircraft operating out of Helena’s Army Aviation Support Facility.



The only public transportation available to Helena Aviation Readiness Center from within Helena is Capitol Taxi service. Reservations for pick up and drop off may be arranged ahead of time by calling (406) 449-5525.


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In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/


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Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


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Montana Department of Child and Family Services


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Lewis and Clark Humane Society (406) 442-1660


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Base Operator 406-324-5776


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In Helena, the summers are short, warm, and mostly clear; the winters are freezing and partly cloudy; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 13°F to 86°F and is rarely below -6°F or above 95°F.


The hot season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 16 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 86°F and low of 56°F. The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 18 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 13°F and high of 30°F.


The wetter season lasts 2.0 months, from May 4 to July 4, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on June 7. The drier season lasts 10 months, from July 4 to May 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on February 5.

The cost of living index in Helena, MT is 2% higher than the average in Montana and 1% lower than the nation’s average. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. Everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator of the general costs of goods in a particular city. In Helena, MT goods and services come are equal to the average in Montana and 1% higher than the nationwide average.

Helena Aviation Readiness Center is located in Helena, the capital of Montana. The city is located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. Helena has a rich gold rush history, and exploring Last Chance Gulch brings the history to life. Designated a ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Helena has over 75 miles of trails that originate in the Downtown area, offering visitors a world-class mountain biking or hiking experience. Rand McNally and Geocaching.com awarded Helena the Best of the Road “Best for Geocaching” title. Take a hike overlooking the beautiful Helena Valley. Hop aboard the Last Chance Tour Train to discover Helena’s history. Download the Walking App and tour the Westside Mansion District, featuring the elaborate homes of early miners.


Some other points of interest include Broadwater Hot Springs, Mount Helena City Park, South Hills Disc Golf Course, Great Northern Town Center, Original Helena Streetcar, Great Northern Carousel & Ice Cream, and ExplorationWorks! Montana’s Science Center in Helena.

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