Bell Helicopter Training Academy launches Tactical Flight Officer course, enabling aerial mission success

July 29, 2011

FORT WORTH, TX - July 20, 2011 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today, its Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has launched a new Tactical Flight Officer course.

Designed as a two-part training program including an on-line academic session and resident hands-on training, the Bell Helicopter Tactical Flight Officer course presents officers with the practical skills and active engagement needed for aerial mission success in a safe and controlled environment.

“Bell Helicopter has always strived to provide our customers with products and services that exceed their diverse operational needs and increases their ability to maintain the critical safety margin demanded in the aviation industry,” said Trey Wade, director, Bell Helicopter Training Academy.  “Bell Helicopter’s Tactical Flight Officer course allows our customers to train effective crews in a safe environment without expending valuable department assets or budgeted patrol flight hours.”

The online academic session offers Law Enforcement customers a logical and systematic approach to training that is self paced and provides maximum flexibility. Academic course topics include:
• Introduction to Airborne Law Enforcement
• Helicopter Safety and Operations
• Crew Resource Management and Mission Decision Making
• Helicopter Systems
• Basic Helicopter Operations
• Aeromedical Factors
• Aeromedical Knowledge
• Night Operations and Introduction to Patrol, and
• Tactical Procedures. 

Conducted at the Bell Helicopter Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas, the resident portion of the course uses a FILR equipped Flight Training Device (FTD) to provide realistic, action-based scenarios in a various environmental conditions. The benefits of using an FTD include allowing for Tactical Flight Officer and Pilot coordination training in confined area approach, obstacle clearance, inadvertent IMC procedures and instrument approach procedures.

“This new course was created with the Tactical Flight Officer in mind, providing them with aviation and mission-specific training that compliments their existing law enforcement skills and greatly enhances flight safety and mission success,” said Wade.

Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy is committed to providing innovative and cost-effective training solutions to its customers worldwide. For more than 60 years, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy has provided world class, certified training at our facility in Fort Worth and at customer locations around the world. We have trained more than 120,000 customers representing over 120 countries and every type of helicopter operation.

About the Bell Helicopter Training Academy
Located at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, the Bell Helicopter 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.

BTA 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 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 tiltrotor 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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