Graduation Requirements: Bell Helicopter Customer Pilot & Technician Training


Recognizing that pilots will have different backgrounds and levels of experience, instruction in the classroom, Flight Training Device (FTD) and in actual aircraft in flight is designed to prepare the attendee to successfully meet the course standards. In this respect, the standards followed by the instructor reflect the standards imposed for aircraft operation by FAA, EASA, other international regulators, and Bell Helicopter Textron.

Training will be considered complete with demonstrated knowledge of aircraft systems and proficiency in flight maneuvers appropriate to the course of instruction.

Standards of performance and knowledge will coincide with those applied by the FAA Practical Test Standard or other regulatory standards appropriate to the rating sought or in the case of recurrent training, appropriate to the rating held. Academic and flight instructors will place special emphasis upon areas of aircraft operation which are most critical to flight safety. Among these areas are aircraft control and sound judgment in decision making.

Satisfactory performance is based on:

  • Executing maneuvers within the aircraft's performance capabilities and limitations, including use of the aircraft's systems
  • Executing emergency procedures and maneuvers appropriate to the aircraft
  • Piloting the aircraft with smoothness and accuracy
  • Exercising good judgment
  • Applying aeronautical knowledge
  • Showing proficiency in aircraft within the standards of the practical test standard with the successful outcome of the maneuver never seriously in doubt  

In the judgment of the instructor, if the standards of performance are not met, or tolerances are consistently exceeded, performance would be considered unsatisfactory. Further training may be necessary to meet the acceptable standard. Each situation will be evaluated on a case by case basis. 


Experience is important, however, instruction received in the classroom and training lab cannot be overemphasized. Training will be considered complete after demonstrated ability to perform to the course standards. These standards are imposed by EASA, other international regulators, and Bell Helicopter Textron for actual maintenance and operation of the equipment.

Since the principal objective of training is to teach maintenance, service, inspection and overhaul of actual airworthy aircraft, successful course completion will be judged by demonstrated skills and work habits and not solely by an academic examination grade. Grading will be termed as "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory" in practical shop work relative to the Training Academy and regulatory standards. Speed of performance will not be judged, but rather safety measures and approved maintenance procedures employed. All maintenance, repairs and alterations must be accomplished with the use of such tools, equipment and test apparatus as are necessary to insure completion in accordance with accepted industry practices.

Techniques, procedures and practices set forth in approved manuals for the performance of airworthiness maintenance and inspection programs, manufacturer's flight and maintenance manuals, and applicable vendor manuals will constitute acceptable techniques, procedures and practices.