Bell Helicopter has announced the launch of Bell 505 Certified Training Facilities (CTF), through which it hopes to expand its global training capabilities.
“Training has been an integral part of Bell’s aftermarket programme 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.”
Helideal, a Bell Independent Representative based in France, has been announced as one of the first CTFs. It will be able to offer initial and recurrent pilot training under the umbrella of the Bell training academy.
“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.”
“The Bell 505 has been a global success story for Bell,” added Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice-President, Commercial Business, International, Bell. “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.”