Bell Is Leading the Way With Next-level Technology!

     Interesting things are going on at Bell, formerly Bell Helicopter. They have changed from creating helicopters to the broader tech world. They have a few new products in the pipeline that could change the way that the world sees them. 

     Nick Pellas started working for Bell about 10 years ago after he left the Army. While he was in the Army, he repaired helicopters and went to school. There he got his bachelor’s degree in structural engineering. A good friend was able to get him the job at Bell. Nick started out working on the military helicopters, where he made sure that the helicopters wouldn’t develop cracks. After doing that type of work for a while, he started to wonder if there was something more exciting that he could do. While he enjoyed the work and his team was great, he was still looking for something more.

Bell Nexus displayed at the Uber Elevate Summit 2019. The Nexus project is a partnership with Uber and Bell to transport people short distances in an electric-powered aircraft. Photo by: Akihiro Mizutani.

     Nick is excited about a new aircraft from Bell. “Bell has partnered with Uber and Lyft to start developing an electric air taxi. This will be great for congested cities like New York. It will allow someone or a small group of people to travel between buildings within the city.” While they are still working on major parts of the vehicle, they have created a four-fan and a six-fan helicopter that only uses electricity. “It will be able to seat about five passengers and the pilot. There are also talks about having an autonomous version of the vehicle.” Just imagine having a meeting on the other side of town during rush-hour traffic. You could hop in the Nexus and be at your goal in less time than it would in a car!

Hero Nurses at Local THR Facility Crushed COVID-19!

     COVID-19 has lasted for two harsh years. It has affected every aspect of our lives. The hardest hit areas have been the medical community: specifically, nurses. They have a hard enough time without the threat of a global pandemic to add to their already stressful jobs. These are the real heroes.

     Misty Clark has wanted to be a nurse since she was 16 years old! Twice in her life she almost gave up out of frustration in both her professional and personal life. She realized that after having kids she might need to just settle for being a Certified Nursing Technician. “There is nothing wrong with being a CNA, but I want more.” So, she dove, headfirst, into the nursing program at Tarrant County College. Misty graduated at the top of her class. Texas Health Resources (THR) was so impressed that they offered her a job before she even graduated. They offered her a job in the same labor and delivery (L&D) area where she has been a CNA for the past decade.

Local nurse at THR facility labor and delivery department. She is admitting a new patient and wearing an N95 mask as part of the new guidelines. Photo by: Misty Clark

     Elaina Faulks has been a nurse a little bit longer than Misty. She went straight to college for nursing and after graduating she was hired by THR. She has worked in the emergency room and for the surgery department before she landed at Labor and Delivery. Unlike the other departments, labor and delivery doesn’t deal with too much trauma, so she feels that it is not as stressful.