Textron Inc. : EASA Approves Bell 429 Pilot Training Program
07/10/2012| 09:48am US/Eastern
Farnborough, United Kingdom - July 10, 2012 - Bell Helicopter,
a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that the
Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to provide pilot
training on Bell 429 helicopters.
The Bell 429 pilot training program blends theoretical
knowledge instruction with specific aircraft training tasks
that are conducted in the advanced flight training device, as
well as in the aircraft itself. In addition to the program
approval, EASA certified the Bell 429 flight training device
to Level 2, which combined with the BTA's existing suite
of EASA maintenance training approvals, allows Bell
Helicopter to satisfy all of the regulatory training
requirements required of any 429 pilot.
"We constantly strive to provide solutions to our
operators' growing training needs," stated Eric
Cardinali, executive vice president of Customer Support and
Services for Bell Helicopter. "Part of that solution is
gaining regulatory approvals in order to provide our
customers access to the breadth of training programs provided
by the BTA."
Located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the BTA takes pride
in delivering some of the finest helicopter training in the
world with highly skilled professional pilots and technical
instructors. BTA incorporates the latest technological
advancements into its aviation training programs and
continues to invest in the development of new,
industry-leading initiatives to promote helicopter safety.
Recent additions to courseware and classroom training aids
includes desktop trainers, cockpit procedures trainers,
interactive graphics for virtual assembly and reassembly of
parts and an online refresher course.
"Bell Helicopter is committed to providing our customers
with safe and innovative training solutions," stated
Trey Wade, director of Bell Helicopter Training Academy.
"EASA's approval of the Bell 429 pilot training
program allows us to satisfy more of our customers'
training requirements, not only in Europe, but also,
throughout the world."
The Bell Helicopter Training Academy provides comprehensive
training courses on Bell Helicopter products. For a complete
schedule of all courses, call 1-800-368-2355, visit www.bellhelicopter.com/en/training
or contact the Bell Helicopter Training Academy
Administration directly at BTAAdmin@bellhelicopter.textron.com.