Textron Aviation’s TRU Simulation+Training has announced an agreement with sister company Bell Helicopter to develop the first level-D, full flight simulator for the Bell 525 Relentless medium helicopter.
TRU will take care of all the steps from design to installation at Bell’s Fort Worth, Texas headquarters. The simulator will be FAA- and EASA-certified and is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2016.
The sophisticated trainer will be based on TRU’s Odyssey H platform, which features a 240 x 80-degree field of view. TRU president and CEO Jim Takats said the request for proposals was issued in 2013, before Textron took over his company (Opinicus Corp.). The first Bell 525 should fly by the end of this year.