New 429 Flight Training Device Unveiled

May 17, 2010

Fort Worth, TX - May 17, 2010 - The Bell Helicopter Training Academy, announced that it has placed into service its new 429 Flight Training Device (FTD). This device, the first simulator for the 429 in the industry, was built to Level 7 specifications and is slated for FAA Level 6 certification by early 2011. Frasca International designed and built this state-of-the art training simulator.

"The 429 is an incredible aircraft that combines functionality with cutting edge systems making the aircraft both sophisticated and extremely easy to operate. To help better prepare pilots operating the aircraft, a heavy emphasis was placed on the simulation of these cutting edge systems," said Scott Westbrook, senior simulation specialist. "We incorporated any failures that can occur in flight. If there is a normal or emergency procedure in the Flight Manual, it's in the FTD. This is a substantial feat to have accomplished."

Two years of construction have delivered the finest FTD the Bell Training Academy (BTA) has ever employed. The FTD was built using actual flight controls and a representative cockpit enclosure. Frasca was able to update the device in conjunction with modifications made throughout construction and certification of the actual aircraft. As a result of their diligence, all the functionality found in the actual aircraft is available to customers training in the device.

The BTA began training for the first customer on the 429 FTD during the week of May 10.

"This is a significant step forward in supporting Bell's newest airframe, the 429. This FTD completes our industry leading suite of Bell training devices. The BTA now has simulation support for training on every Bell commercial model in production, as well as some popular models no longer in production," said Trey Wade, director of the academy. "We are committed to providing our customers with a definitive one-stop shop for training on Bell products, the addition of this FTD helps make that commitment a reality."

Located at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, the Bell Training Academy takes pride in delivering the finest helicopter training in the world with highly skilled professional pilot and technical instructors. Training at the 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.

The Academy provides comprehensive training courses on Bell products. For a complete schedule of all courses, call 1-800-368-2355, visit the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) site or contact BTA Administration directly at

About Frasca International
Frasca International is known worldwide as "the Comprehensive Source for Flight Simulation" and their name has become synonymous with flight simulation in many parts of the world. Frasca's product range includes Flight Training Devices (FTDs), FNPT I, II and IIMCC devices, CPTs, Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and more for all aircraft types, fixed wing and rotary. Frasca has delivered over 2000 devices to some 70 countries since the company was founded. More information is available at

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
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 Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company , Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at

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