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Charles Fisher
Director
Bell Training Academy
Charles retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2003 after 23 years of service. Over the course of his distinguished military career in aviation maintenance, Charles held multiple positions of increasing responsibility, including Maintenance Manager for the prestigious HMX-1
Presidential Helicopter Squadron as well as a tour with the Naval Aviation Technical Training
Center where he was a Master Training Specialist and named Military Instructor of the Year. Charles has an extensive background in aircraft support with roles as an aircraft maintenance technician and a combat aircraft Maintenance Officer responsible for a squadron of attack aircraft during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Joining Bell Helicopter in 2003, Charles assumed the role as Engineer Specialist where, in addition to his other duties, he played a major role in developing the Training Academy’s Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) course that filled a critical need for Bell operators. He has served as the Manager of Flight Operations at Xworx (Bell’s experimental test facility) where he led a team of AMTs that were responsible for all flight test aircraft configuration and maintenance. Charles also served as the President of the Bell Helicopter Leadership association.
Charles later served as the Manager of Technical training where he was responsible for the accountability for all customer technical training. Charles was instrumental in establishing BTA’s training programs at the Bell Asia Service Center in Singapore. His energy, customer focus and ability to create an environment that encourages teamwork and accountability make him well-suited for this role. He was later promoted to be the Director of the Bell Training Academy with oversight of all Bell training worldwide.
Charles holds a B.S. in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a licensed A&P Mechanic, a FAA Authorized Inspector
(IA), a FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Representative, a certified FAA training provider, and a licensed fixed-wing pilot with an instrument rating.