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Bell announces new Tactical Flight Officer course

July 25, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

July 25, 2011, Fort Worth, Tex. - Bell Helicopter's Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has launched a new Tactical Flight Officer course.

Designed as a two-part training program including an on-line academic session and resident hands-on training, the Bell Helicopter Tactical Flight Officer course presents officers with the practical skills and active engagement needed for aerial mission success in a safe and controlled environment.

"Bell Helicopter has always strived to provide our customers with products and services that exceed their diverse operational needs and increases their ability to maintain the critical safety margin demanded in the aviation industry," said Trey Wade, director, Bell Helicopter Training Academy.  "Bell Helicopter's Tactical Flight Officer course allows our customers to train effective crews in a safe environment without expending valuable department assets or budgeted patrol flight hours."

The online academic session offers Law Enforcement customers a logical and systematic approach to training that is self paced and provides maximum flexibility. Academic course topics include:
* Introduction to Airborne Law Enforcement
* Helicopter Safety and Operations
* Crew Resource Management and Mission Decision Making
* Helicopter Systems
* Basic Helicopter Operations
* Aeromedical Factors
* Aeromedical Knowledge
* Night Operations and Introduction to Patrol, and
* Tactical Procedures

Conducted at the Bell Helicopter Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas, the resident portion of the course uses a FILR equipped Flight Training Device (FTD) to provide realistic, action-based scenarios in a various environmental conditions. The benefits of using an FTD include allowing for Tactical Flight Officer and Pilot coordination training in confined area approach, obstacle clearance, inadvertent IMC procedures and instrument approach procedures.


"This new course was created with the Tactical Flight Officer in mind, providing them with aviation and mission-specific training that compliments their existing law enforcement skills and greatly enhances flight safety and mission success," said Wade.

Bell Helicopter's Training Academy is committed to providing innovative and cost-effective training solutions to its customers worldwide. For more than 60 years, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy has provided world class, certified training at our facility in Fort Worth and at customer locations around the world. We have trained more than 120,000 customers representing over 120 countries and every type of helicopter operation.


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