BELL LAUNCHES CERTIFIED TRAINING FACILITIES TO EXPAND GLOBAL TRAINING OFFERING

BELL LAUNCHES CERTIFIED TRAINING FACILITIES TO EXPAND GLOBAL TRAINING OFFERING

HELIDEAL FRANCE TO BECOME FIRST INTERNATIONAL BELL 505 CERTIFIED TRAINING FACILITY

Helitech, The Netherlands (17 October 2018)Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the launch of Certified Training Facilities (CTFs) to expand its global training offering. CTFs such as Helideal, a Bell Independent Representative based in southern France, will provide the highest standard of initial and recurrent pilot training under the umbrella of the renowned Bell Training Academy.

 

“The Bell 505 has been a global success story for Bell,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business – International. “With a rapidly growing Bell 505 international footprint, we are focused on providing local support solutions to our international customer base for the entire lifecycle of their aircraft, and CTFs will play a key role.”
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"Training has been an integral part of Bell’s aftermarket program for more than 65 years,” said Chad Oakley, Manager, Flight Training, Bell. “We have trained over 140,000 customers in more than 135 countries throughout the world, and we are looking forward to our global training solution expansion through strategically located CTFs.”

 

“We are excited to be the launch Bell CTF,” said Jean-Francois Giron, Helideal President and Chairman. “We have been operating a variety of Bell aircraft, including the Bell 505, and have been training pilots for more than 25 years. We will be offering pilot training on the Bell 505 beginning in January 2019.”

 

Bell has a strong history of providing the highest level of support to the customer. From the development of our products through the operational safety or our fielded fleet, Bell is dedicated to delivering solutions that meet the safety and performance demands of the industry. Bell Training Academies are located in Texas – USA, Valencia – Spain and Singapore.

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 80 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of on-demand mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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