The fourth Bell 525 Flight Test Vehicle (FTV) took flight recently. “This is another significant milestone for the Bell 525 Program and a testament to the hard work being completed at our Flight Research Center,” said Byron Ward, Vice President, Bell 525 Program. “We are focused on certification and delivering the most technologically advanced helicopter to market.”
The Bell 525 FTV fleet has completed over 400 hours of testing since returning to flight in July 2017. The fifth and final Bell 525 FTV will join the airborne fleet later this year to perform function and reliability testing. Additional Bell 525 testing activities have included cold weather and cabin and component fatigue testing.