On October 25, Bell showed off its expanded Flight Research Center (FRC) in Arlington. This state-of-the-art facility, which includes a new 5,000 square feet customer area to showcase aircraft capabilities, houses many of the Fort Worth-based newest technology and innovations including the Bell V-280 Valor, 525 Relentless, V-247 Vigilant and the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT).
During the ceremony, attendees were able to see the Bell V-280 in action:
The new innovation hub provides a unique setting for Bell’s commercial and military customers, partners and stakeholders to interact with technology that is defining the future of flight, according to a company news release.
“For more than 65 years, Bell has produced state-of-the-art aircraft and innovations in North Texas’ backyard,” said Robert Hasting, Bell’s executive vice president of strategic communications. “We are proud to showcase our investment in this facility, versatile aircraft and the talented team working on the next generation of products. “
The facility also includes the Bell 525 RASIL (Relentless Advanced Systems Integration Laboratory.), Bell’s next-generation lab with a high level of automation, enabling superior testing and learning with better control and functionality.
The V-247 simulator is also in work in the facility and will be installed over the next couple of years.