Bell is expanding its virtual training offerings during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bell’s training academy is now offering virtual pilot and maintenance courses covering pilot training for its Model 505, 407, and 429 helicopters and avionics and field maintenance for the 505. The courses are aimed at Bell global customers who cannot travel to the academy in Fort Worth, Texas.
The company said it will have virtual courses in place for all of its current commercial production helicopters by the end of July. Those courses will include 407 electrical and avionics, 407 field maintenance, and 429 electrical and avionics. Bell is also offering a series of blended courses that combine virtual and “hands-on” training, the latter portion of which should be completed within six months of taking the former.
“This is one of many virtual support offerings in the initial phase of Bell’s customer support and services modernization effort,” said Sam Nelson, general manager of Bell's global training academy. “In today’s environment, Bell recognizes the need for the availability of virtual training courses and has developed a virtual experience that offers a comprehensive training curriculum.”