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posted Feb 26, 2012, 10:11 AM by J Scott Carter   [ updated Feb 26, 2012, 10:13 AM ]
CAP Cadets and Senior members of the Civil Air Patrol 391st Composite squadron were treated to an
industry “First” as Bell Helicopter unveiled its’ new  525 “Relentless” while they attended the annual Heli-Expo-2012 Trade show in  Dallas courtesy of Annette Duplinsky of Helicopter Association International.

According to the Bell Helicopter President John Garrison, the design was arrived at after talking to many past, present and future customers about their needs and wants in a new helicopter.  The “Relentless” will have
larger more comfortable seats and easier entry and exit of the aircraft.  The new copter will have the latest in cockpit
technology and digital flight controls which should make it easier to fly, especially in inclement weather.  When the helicopter is put into production it will be designed by engineers at the Bell Plant in Hurst and fully assembled in Amarillo, Texas. 

CAP members also saw many other examples of  the latest innovations in helicopter flight and navigation technology  both available now and under development.  For example, cadets were introduced to Night Flight Concepts new optical system for night vision goggles that will guard against Laser beams and their harmful effects.  More and more pilots are finding themselves exposed to these harmful rays at low altitudes and during approaches.

By attending these types of events cadets are exposed to the many career opportunities available to individuals in the field of aviation.  As always our thanks to Senior Members Lts. Mark Holub, Ron Kratz and Winston Cutshall for arranging another interesting and exciting look into the aerospace industry


For more information contact:    1st Lt. Robert R. Bruton
                                                    Public Affairs Officer
                                                    391st Dallas Composite Squadron
                                                    Civil Air Patrol
                                                    (817) 685 9658