Bell 505. Photo courtesy of Bell
Bell announced it has secured its first international Bell 505 certified training facility at Helitech International in Amsterdam this week.
Bell launched certified training facilities to expand its global training offering. The facilities will provide initial and recurrent pilot training under Bell's training academy.
Helideal, based in southern France, becomes Bell's first international certified training facility. Bell said it hopes to expand these facilities to other regions around the world.
“Training has been an integral part of Bell’s aftermarket program for more than 65 years,” said Chad Oakley, manager of flight training at 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.”
The 505 has helped Bell grow its international market presence, the company said.
“The Bell 505 has been a global success story for Bell,” said Patrick Moulay, SVP of commercial business international at 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.”
Helideal has been operating Bell aircraft including the 505, company President and Chairman Jean-Francois Giron said in a statement. The company plans to begin offering pilot training on the 505 starting in January 2019, he said.
Bell's training academies are currently located in Texas; Valencia, Spain; and Singapore.