Customization capabilities boosted in Bell Helicopter’s Piney Flats facility

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A new customization building has opened at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. “Expanding our facilities allows us to implement new technologies and processes to ensure a high-quality customization and delivery process for our customers,” said Glenn Isbell, executive vice president, customer support and services, Bell Helicopter.

Converted from an existing 150,000ft² warehouse, the new facility co-locates all of Bell Helicopter’s current Piney Flats customizing operations under one roof. The company says the results include increased capacity (enabling the customization of more than 200 aircraft per year) and efficiency. It additionally allows for an increased employee workspace, which the company says will improve support and the overall safety of the program.

A new flight line has also been added to accommodate all Bell Helicopter aircraft in both day and night operations. The company has also acquired approximately 41 acres of land adjacent to the new building, securing its flight path to allow the company to continue uninterrupted flight operations.

In addition to customization, the facility provides MRO capabilities including structural repairs, engine maintenance, window replacement, custom interiors and upgrades, avionics upgrades, customizing and refurbishment.

July 27, 2016

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