Bell near completion for the 525 Relentless

                    Bell 525 Relentless mock up at Farnborough
A Bell Helicopters spokesman has confirmed that the company completed the Preliminary Design Phase on June 26. This essentially locks down the basic configuration and interfaces.

Bell Helicopter have aligned configuration to assure they meet the performance targets as approved by the Customer advisory panel.

The company are on track to weight and cost and schedule targets and all major kits defined and aligned to basic ship integration.

Bell are looking to fly the Bell 525 Relentless in 2014 and the company will try to get the aircraft certified as soon as they can after that.

Photograph: Bell 525 Relentless mock-up at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012

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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