Bell Helicopter to open first flight training school in China

Bell 407Bell Helicopter has
announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to open the
first Bell Helicopter authorised flight training school in China. Bell
Helicopter and Guanchen Aviation signed the MOU during the opening ceremony of
the 4th Annual Anyang International Aviation Sports Festival in Anyang, China.

“Bell Helicopter is committed
to growing our customer support and services in China,” said Eric Cardinali,
executive vice president, Customer Support and Services for Bell Helicopter.
“Partnering with Guanchen Aviation to provide a high-quality, local flight
training solution is an important first step in meeting our customer needs in
the region.”

“As the need for
vertical lift emerges around the world, we intend to replicate the successful
operation of the Bell Helicopter Training
Academy, located in Fort Worth, Texas,
as a critical element of our strategy. Opening the first Bell Helicopter
authorized flight training school in China is a significant step as we
begin this journey,” Cardinali said.

After the initial internal
training cycle is complete, the Anyang-based Flight Training School
will be certified to provide factory-approved initial and recurrent type
training for Bell 206L and Bell 407 pilots. The new facility could over time be
authorised to train on more Bell Helicopter types.

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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