Bell Helicopter to open maintenance training facility in China

Bell Helicopter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist with the establishment of a maintenance training facility for Bell 206L and 407 helicopters in the Guangdong province of China.

The MOU will focus on training for the Bell 206L and Bell 407 product lines, and includes access to training course materials, electronic training systems and continued support throughout training.

“The signing of this MOU reinforces Bell Helicopter’s commitment to increasing our global customer service and support offerings,” said Eric Cardinali, executive vice president, Customer Support and Services for Bell Helicopter. “Working with Guangzhou College is an important step towards ensuring our customers in China have regional access to maintenance and repair training so they can use their aircraft in the most safe and effective manner possible.”

Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy’s curriculum includes pilot flight training, mechanical, electrical and avionics training and pilot safety training. The Guangzhou College MOU is the second MOU Bell Helicopter signed this year to further its training capabilities in China: the first MOU was between Bell Helicopter and Guanchen Aviation to open the first Bell Helicopter authorised flight training school in China.

“The Bell Helicopter Training Academy is a strategic part of Bell Helicopter’s Customer Service and Support offerings,” said Cardinali. “As we continue to add customers around the world, we must ensure they have access to the same level of support and service available in the United States. We are carefully selecting institutions like Guangzhou College to help us provide top-tier support worldwide.”

The Guangzhou College maintenance training facility, located in Guangzhou in the Guangdong province, will be authorised to conduct factory-approved maintenance and repair training for the Bell 206L and Bell 407 helicopters.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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