The Bell Training Academy (BTA) said it has exceeded 230,000 flight training hours provided to customers from more than 135 countries. Founded in 1947, some 130,000 pilots have completed commercial, military, or technical pilot training at BTA.
The company employs more than 30 former U.S. military flight instructors to support the U.S. and foreign military training provided by Bell. In addition to the BTA at Bell’s Fort Worth, Texas headquarters, the company operates specialized training facilities in Valencia, Spain, and Singapore. The Valencia facility provides training for the Bell 429 light twin, including a level-D flight simulator, while the Singapore Seletar Aerospace Park location focuses on maintenance training.
Current customers receive customizable, interactive classroom instruction with 3D courseware and train on advanced simulators. Outside of the classroom, pilots receive one-on-one mechanical and flight training on Bell-owned aircraft, including the Bell 505 light turbine single.
Bell maintenance instructor Rena Smith calls the 505 “an exceptional aircraft with advanced training capabilities [that] continues to be the chosen aircraft for military and commercial training worldwide.”