Bell Helicopter Readies For V-22 Full Rate Production | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 05.25.17

Airborne
05.22.17

Airborne
05.23.17

Airborne
05.24.17

Airborne
05.25.17

Airborne
05.26.17

Airborne-Unmanned 05.23.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 05.25.17

Airborne
05.22.17

Airborne
05.23.17

Airborne
05.24.17

Airborne
05.25.17

Airborne
05.26.17

Airborne-Unmanned 05.23.17

XPONENTIAL Innovation Preview -- www.allthingsunmanned.com

Tue, Dec 14, 2004

Bell Helicopter Readies For V-22 Full Rate Production

Adding New Jobs At Fort Worth And Amarillo

Bell Helicopter Chief Executive Officer Michael Redenbaugh announced Monday the company is moving its V-22 Program Office from Fort Worth to Amarillo, TX. "We're doing this now in anticipation of the eventual need to ramp up for full rate production on the V-22," he said.

In this process Bell will be establishing a number of new positions throughout its Dallas/Fort Worth Centers of Excellence as well as its Amarillo Military Assembly & Integration Center.

"Many of these positions will require hiring new people while some professional and technical skill sets important to V-22 production will involve moving some existing positions from Bell facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to Amarillo," Redenbaugh said, adding  "we have always planned to increase our employee base as much as necessary to successfully meet the demand of producing upwards of 48 aircraft per year at full rate.


 
"In order to ensure the success of our V-22 manufacturing operations it was clear to us that we need to move our program engineers and managers to be co-located where the aircraft are built," Redenbaugh said.
"This is a wonderful opportunity not only for all the folks being transferred to Amarillo, but will be of great benefit to the manufacturing process by having all members of our V-22 team located at one place. The High Plains of the West Texas Panhandle is a great place to build aircraft and raise families."

The combination of a productive workforce and additional facilities paid for by the Amarillo Economic Development Council led Bell to grow the Amarillo facility. In addition to the V-22 Osprey, Amarillo will be responsible for the Marine Corps' AH-1Z/UH-1Y helicopter upgrade as well as other military programs including the Bell Eagle Eye unmanned aerial vehicle and the proposed Bell 407 ARH for the US Army's Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Program. At full rate production on these programs, the Amarillo facility would deliver around 100 aircraft per year and employ more than 1,700 people.

Bell has also invested $300 million in a "Composite Center of Excellence," in Fort Worth and a "Machining Center of Excellence," in Grand Prairie.

To provide a pool of qualified work force candidates, the Bell Employee Training Alliance-including Amarillo College and several regional employment agencies-offer courses in shop mathematics, quality procedures, composite materials repairs and metalworking. About half the graduates are hired by Bell. For successful applicants, the first-phase training is followed by more than 80 hours of training in mechanical and electrical assembly.

Sized for V-22 full-rate production, the Amarillo facility includes a 170,000 square foot assembly building and a 72,000-foot flight hangar. A 113,300 square foot expansion is now complete, and will initially house both V-22 and H-1 assembly lines. An expansion of the current production flight hanger will be completed in 2005.

FMI: www.textron.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 05.25.17: DJI Spark!, S. Lakeland Airport, Moon Rock Sample

Also: Airbus Corporate Helos, Airborne Expansion, Gulfstream G600, Gogo Business, MilFuel, Aerion And GE, Pro Line Fusion DJI has just introduced the Spark, which they call an "eas>[...]

AMA Drone Report 05.25.17: Court Kills FAA Model Drone Registration, DJI Spark!

Also: AMA Reacts To Court, FAA Reaction, AUVSI Reaction, Kittyhawk Flight Deck APP Score one for us little guys... As you may have heard, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 05.23.17: Courts Nix Model Regs, Autonymous Flt, WATT 300

Also: King Schools Update, Kittyhawk APP, Robird And Integrated Drone Solutions, ICAO Drone Tracking The unmanned community got a bit of a jolt late last week when the US Court of >[...]

Airborne 05.24.17: Snowbird Update, New K-MAX, Spirit Pilots Express 'Regret'

Also: Kyle Franklin, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, SpaceX, Citation Longitude, ACSS ODA, Embraer JetWave, Boeing-Saudi As previously reported, the Canadian Snowbirds precision demonst>[...]

Airborne 05.25.17: DJI Spark!, S. Lakeland Airport, Moon Rock Sample

Also: Airbus Corporate Helos, Airborne Expansion, Gulfstream G600, Gogo Business, MilFuel, Aerion And GE, Pro Line Fusion DJI has just introduced the Spark, which they call an "eas>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC