Twenty months after a fatal crash resulted in the loss of the first prototype, Bell Helicopter is blazing a trail to achieve certification of its fly-by-wire Model 525 super-medium twin-engine helicopter by year-end. The flight-test fleet was immediately grounded after the crash of the orange-painted Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) on July 16, 2016, and the fleet did not fly again until 366 days later. Today, Bell says it is heeding the lessons learned from the accident and using the ...

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