Timothy LedbetterTim Ledbetter earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin in 1985, graduating summa cum laude.  He then moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and began his career at Bell Helicopter Textron which now has spanned over 30 years.  He started there as a rotor design engineer, being assigned roles of increasing responsibility performing mechanical design of rotor hubs and flight controls.  Tim found an interest in composite structural design and he conducted research into improved structural flexures and yoke designs, culminating in Bell’s first production design for a bearingless hub used on the model 430 main rotor.

Tim took on several leadership roles, including team lead on the 427 rotor system development, Technical Resource Specialist of rotor blades, Chief of Rotor Blade design, and Technical Fellow of Rotor Blades.  During this time he also obtained a Masters of Science in Engineering Management from UT Arlington.  In his career at Bell, Tim has had the opportunity to contribute to almost all of Bell’s major programs, including the V-22 Osprey, H-1Y/Z, 429, and 525 Relentless.  He currently serves as Rotors Technical Lead on Bell’s commercial programs.

Tim enjoys sharing knowledge with others through mentoring and teaching.  He also enjoys music, backpacking, bicycling, and spending time with his family.