Tuesday, January 27, 2015
EASA Grants ATO Certification to Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter has received an Approved Training Organization (ATO) certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). With this approval, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) is authorized to provide Part-FCL training courses for European customers, including the use of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) for the Bell 407 and Bell 429 aircraft models.
Bell is the first organization outside EASA member states approved as an ATO to provide Part-FCL type training courses, including the use of FSTDs for the Bell 429 and Bell 407 aircraft. A formal signing ceremony was held at the EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The ATO approval is a significant step forward in the company’s plans to open a regional training center in Valencia, Spain in 2016. Announced in October 2014, the Bell Helicopter training center is a partnership with sister companies TRU Simulation + Training and Textron Aviation. The facility expects to open with a Bell 429 full flight simulator certified to Level D FAA and EASA/JAA requirements. TRU Simulation + Training plans to build the simulator at its facility in Tampa, Fla., and the training academy will be housed in Textron Aviation’s Customer Service Center located in Valencia, Spain.