Al Ain-based Horizon International Flight Academy signs deal to buy 12 helicopters

Academy to purchase 12 Bell 505 helicopters from US manufacturer Bell Textron

The academy uses its Bell-only fleet to provide flight training to local and international students for the civilian and military sector.

Horizon International Flight Academy, based at Al Ain International Airport Zone, has signed a deal to buy 12 Bell 505 helicopters from US manufacturer Bell Textron.

The academy uses its Bell-only fleet to provide flight training to local and international students for the civilian and military sector.

Hareb Thani Al Dhaheri, chief executive officer, Horizon, said: “The addition of single-engine glass cockpits will enable us to meet the latest technology needs of aspiring pilots and will prepare them to fly with modern helicopters when they are back to their units.”

There have been over 200 Bell 505 helicopters delivered worldwide to date.

The integrated glass cockpit enables pilots in training to experience modern controls on a single engine aircraft, allowing them to transition more easily to flying advanced aircraft, such as the Bell 429 twin-engine helicopter.

Its reliability, speed, performance and maneuverability are integrated with a flat floor and open cabin that is configurable for a wide variety of missions and payloads.

“The Bell 505’s unique capabilities and efficient operation make it an ideal trainer,” said Ian Darcy, senior vice president, Hawker-Pacific, Bell independent representative. “There has been a lot of interest in the Bell 505 as a training aircraft due to its capability, affordability, maintainability and safety features.”

Bell operates in the region from its Middle East head sales office in Abu Dhabi.

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