Bell Helicopter And The FAA

Why is the (FAA) Federal Aviation Administration allowing Bell Helicopter/Textron to operate at 500′ AGL (above ground level) in densely populated areas when there are routes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA?

The FAA has clearly defined the recommended routes for helicopters in order to avoid noise sensitive, densely populated areas.  

Bell promises they will “Fly Neighborly” yet they exceed the airspeed outlined in Bell Procedures for flights over noise sensitive areas.

Bell does not fly as high as possible underneath the DFW airspace  when they consistently fly at 500′ AGL on a clear day.  The *minimum* altitude in Bell Procedures for flights over noise sensitive areas is 1750′.

BELL CAN practice in the grass, practice over I-35, practice west of I-35, practice over 114, practice over 820, practice over…………

BELL CAN stop training helicopter pilots over densely populated, noise sensitive areas including over homes, schools, churches, parks, and even our own Keller Town Hall.  They can also stop flying under 2000 feet TODAY!  Anyone who says they cannot is lying.

What is the real reason that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy is flying over Keller, and other cities, at 500 feet AGL instead of the I-35 corridor or one of the other three FAA recommended routes?

  1. They have chosen to cause people suffering in the name of profits.  Bell is not the victim here.  No one is forcing them to fly low over our homes.  They have chosen this route because of their bottom line.  Too bad they only have their interest in mind.
  2. Politics. Pressure from certain persons who have a vested interest in steering helicopter training away from their cities, businesses and who could care less if the persons living under the current training path have to deal with the consequences.
  3. Bad business decision in 2015.  The current issue began in 2015 , after Bell moved its training facility from Alliance Airport to its corporate headquarters off Texas 10 and Trinity Boulevard to save money.  Bell was not forced to choose their current training route.  They carefully calculated and chose this route in spite of other, better options.  also they chose this route to protect certain “interests”.

See the chart below for the Code Of Federal Regulations  -General Operating and Flight Rules which are not being followed by Bell Helicopter/Textron

Code of federal regulations

Examples of densely populated neighborhoods that Bell Helicopter/Textron has chosen to train pilots over versus choosing one of the FAA recommended routes.

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There are alternate routes that could be flown instead of causing noise nuisance and safety concerns for persons living under the training route.

AFW (Alliance Fort Worth) airport is a public use facility that receives federal funding.  They cannot deny service to any class of user.  Bell Helicopter representatives have said multiple times that traveling through Alliance cannot work for them.  It can work, and it should be used. Inconvenience is not a valid reason for endangering lives.

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