Bell Helicopter has completed the first flight of its Model 525 fly-by-wire super medium helicopter. The long-awaited flight took place July 1 at the company’s facility in Amarillo, Texas, where production 525s will be assembled. Test pilots Jeff Greenwood and Troy Caudill performed a 30-min. flight, starting with taxi testing, before executing some limited maneuvering, hovering and low-speed handling quality checks, all despite 20-kt. winds. The Model 525 is the first Western ...

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