Bell Flight Time Hour Award
Many Bell pilots and operators have requested information regarding what Bell Helicopter wings recognitions are available to them. Described here are the type of wings issued based on the number of flight hours accomplished by a pilot in Bell Helicopters.
How Recognitions May Be Obtained
For pilots attending classes at the Bell Training Academy's (BTA) Fort Worth Alliance Airport Facility (KAFW), the award is made available to them either in the classroom or at the Monday afternoon customer reception. Pilots who fly Bell Helicopters (not attending the BTA Classes) are also eligible. Wings and certificate recognitions are based on the pilot's flight hours in Bell helicopters only. All military pilots worldwide are invited to participate.
The Bell Training Academy issues the Wings Lapel Pin and a Certificate of Achievement beginning in increments of 1,000 hours up to 25,000 flight hours in Bell Helicopters. The hour level (in thousands) is mounted on top of the Wing’s crest.
Example: If a person had 2,500 hours in Bells they would receive a Wings Pin with 2,000 hours fixed on its crest and the certificate would read 2,500 hours. That person's next opportunity for an increased hour pin would be at the 3,000 hour level.
For the hour level recognition to be awarded, the pilot, military unit or company must provide the following: Name of pilot as they would like it printed on the certificate, verified flight time documentation as proof of the pilot’s time in Bells, by the Chief Pilot or a Company / Unit administrative official. An email request on the organization’s letterhead is acceptable.
In the case of an individual pilot making the request, a signed copy of the page in the pilot's log book that verifies the hour level in Bell Helicopters is required. Include your email (in case of fax or mail request), shipping address, telephone number and a Point of Contact name. Mail, fax or email the information (including copy of documentation) to John Williams at: JWilliams2@bh.com. Facsimile number: 817-278-3688.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
P.O. Box 482
Attn: John Williams, Dept. 9S - Bldg. 61
Fort Worth, TX 76101 – USA