Bell 525 resumes testing


The Bell 525 Relentless program has resumed flight test activity after receiving its renewed experimental certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The test program was put on hold after the July 6 2016 crash of one of the three active flight test vehicles, killing both pilots onboard. All non-flight certification testing proceeded, but flight activities were suspended until the cause of the accident was determined.

The company announced the renewal earlier last week – a key element of the Bell 525 program, says Bell Helicopter President & CEO Mitch Snyder. “Bell Helicopter has worked with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA since the accident and we are confident in the resumption of flight test activity,” he adds. “The team is focused on certification in 2018 and we are committed to bringing this innovative and high-performing helicopter to market.”

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The Bell 525 is a complete fly-by-wire commercial helicopter, designed to operate in austere environments with decreased pilot workload. The aircraft features the Garmin G5000H, a fully-integrated touch screen avionics suite designed for helicopters.