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Czech Air Force gears up for new FTD

23rd December 2021 - 14:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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An artist's impression of the aircraft in Czech Air Force livery. (Photo: Bell Textron)

FSI has started work on the FTD for the Czech Air Force's new AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.

Bell Textron has signed a contract with the US Government to build an AH-1Z Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Czech Republic’s new helicopter fleet.

The FTD will be used as part of the training curriculum for pilots assigned to the country’s AH-1Z and UH-1Y fleets. The Czech Air Force ordered four AH-1Z and eight UH-1Y aircraft as part of a $620 million foreign military sales deal in 2020.

‘The Flight Training Device will provide Czech operators with the perfect tools for familiarizing themselves with their new H-1 helicopters,’ explained Mike Deslatte, Bell H-1 VP and programme director. ‘The FTD

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