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Bell Expands H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy for US Marine Corps

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Bell Expands H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy for US Marine Corps

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Bell Expands H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy for US Marine Corps
Bell Expands H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy for US Marine Corps

Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton, MCAS Futenma, Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center, and Bell’s Repair and Overhaul Center are all locations where U.S. Marine Corps aircraft maintainers come to receive top-of-the-line maintenance training for the Bell H-1 aircraft line. Bell has launched its H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy (AMTA) to provide long-term fleet support through a week-long, interactive training program taught by Bell H-1 maintenance instructors and specialists. The training is an immersive experience coupled with 3-D courseware and hands-on technical instruction for routine maintenance repairs on items such as flight controls, gearboxes, swashplates, and both rotor blades.

“The goal of the AMTA is for Marines to develop a deeper understanding of the H-1 platform and how the different aircraft systems function together. Whether they are at their home squadron or deployed on a mission, our AMTA program provides H-1 Marine maintainers with the skills to keep their aircraft on the flight schedule,” said Bryan Riley, H-1 fleet support manager, Bell.

“Through the H-1 AMTA, Marine maintainers can take the training knowledge that they receive here and implement it directly on the H-1 flight line, ensuring mission-focused fleet readiness at all times,” said Steve Rudat, H-1 AMTA instructor, Bell.

“At Bell, we are committed to providing top-tier after-market support to our customers, and this is one of the key ways that we can support the mission of the HMLA community,” said Nate Green, H-1 program manager, Bell.

 H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy (AMTA)
H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy (AMTA). (Photo by Bell)

Marine maintainers from various Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons (MALS) and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadrons (HMLA) located around the world, including MALS-29, MALS-39, HMLA-167, HMLA-169, HMLA-267, HMLA-367, HMLA-369, and HMLAT-303, have attended the H-1 AMTA offered at one of the participating locations. Most recently, MCAS Camp Pendleton was added to the list of locations that host the H-1 AMTA. Since its launch, over 100 Marine maintainers have successfully completed the training program. The Bell H-1 line is purpose-built to support the U.S. Armed Forces. Bell continues to modernize the Bell AH-1Z Viper and Bell UH-1Y Venom to serve the future generations of warfighters. The current line of the Viper and Venom have proven to be two of the most agile, dependable, and interoperable aircrafts on the market.

The Bell Huey family of helicopters includes a wide range of civil and military aircraft produced since 1956 by Bell Helicopter. This H-1 family of aircraft includes the utility UH-1 Iroquois and the derivative AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter series and ranges from the XH-40 prototype, first flown in October 1956 to the 21st-century UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper. The Bell UH-1Y Venom (also called Super Huey) is a twin-engine, medium-sized utility helicopter under the H-1 upgrade program of the U.S. Marine Corps. The UH-1Y is also called “Yankee”, based on the NATO phonetic alphabet pronunciation of its variant letter. The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine attack helicopter, based on the AH-1W SuperCobra. It is often called “Zulu Cobra”, based on the military phonetic alphabet pronunciation of its variant letter.

 H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy (AMTA)
H-1 Advanced Maintenance Training Academy (AMTA). (Photo by Bell)

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