Bell Textron Inc. has announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certificate for the Navy training helicopter Bell 407GXi, the company said.
The certification is a requirement for the Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System competition, enabling the Bell 407GXi to replace the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger as the US Navy´s training helicopter.
Bell´s replacement bid offers a unique combination of capability, ease of transition, and low sustainment costs, giving the best value to the Navy. Should the Bell 407GXi be selected for the US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer program, the company plans to conduct final assembly of the aircraft in Ozark, Alabama.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., Bell has strategic locations around the globe.