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Bell Helicopter Appoints New Russian Sales Representative:
Announces Five Aircraft Purchase Agreements


Las Vegas, NV –  Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the appointment of Helidrive as its new independent representative for Russia. Helidrive is the first Bell Helicopter authorized independent sales representative in northwest Russia.  Bell Helicopter and Helidrive also announced recent purchase agreements for five aircraft - two Bell 429s and three Bell 407GXs.  

“Russia is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and a key priority for Bell Helicopter. Because of Russia’s significance, we believe it is important to have locally-based representatives who can work directly with our customers in the market in which they fly,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. “We selected Helidrive based on their professional approach and new state-of-the-art facility. Helidrive provides a world-class experience and its strategic location in Saint Petersburg, near Pulkovo International Airport, enables easy access for our customers.”

“Bell Helicopter’s products are ideally suited for Russia’s harsh operating conditions,” said Ivan Yatsenko, general director and major shareholder at Helidrive. “As a leader in northwest Russia, our unique capabilities will enable Bell Helicopter to compete more aggressively in our growing market. We look forward to working with them.”

Aircraft purchase agreements were finalized during the past 90 days with deliveries expected in 2013. The aircraft will be flown for a combination of corporate/VIP and EMS missions in the Saint-Petersburg region of Russia.

Helidrive was founded in 2011 and has since established itself as a premier sales, service and training center for vertical lift in Russia. Its current structure includes an administration building with offices, classrooms and a VIP lounge, maintenance facility and aviation fuel storage depot, helipads and hangars. The expansion of its state-of-the-art facility, to be completed in late 2013, will include a multi-functional complex with a large showroom floor and private helicopter hangars. The completed facility will encompass a total building area of 8,000 m2 (26,246 sq. ft.).


Bell Helicopter and Air Medical Holdings Group Reach Landmark Deal for 30 Helicopters

Fort Worth, TX – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced an agreement for the sale of  30 Bell helicopters — 24 Bell 407 and six Bell 206L-4 helicopters — to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent provider of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013 through 2018. This order marks one of the largest orders in the recent history of HELI-EXPO.

“These new aircraft will allow us to provide increased access to emergency healthcare in the communities we serve.  We chose the Bell 407 for its proven performance, which is essential to get our patients to safety as quickly as possible. The dependable and reliable Bell 206L-4 is ready to go when duty calls,” said Fred Buttrell, CEO of Air Medical Group Holdings and Med-Trans Corporation. “We appreciate the support Bell Helicopter has provided us over the years and look forward to continuing that relationship.”

AMGH subsidiary Air Evac Lifeteam is a West Plains, Missouri-based provider of air ambulance services to rural communities across 14 states. Air Evac Lifeteam operates the world’s largest fleet of over 100 medically-equipped Bell 206 LongRanger helicopters and has flown more than 220,000 people in critical need of care since its founding in 1985.

AMGH subsidiary Med-Trans, headquartered in Lewisville, Texas, is a leading national air medical provider focused on establishing partnerships with hospital systems, medical centers and EMS agencies through 20 programs, representing 36 bases, across 15 states.  Med-Trans operates over 40 helicopters, comprised predominantly of Bell 407s.

AMGH subsidiary REACH Air Medical Services, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, is a leading regional provider of medical transportation services in California, Oregon and Texas. The 18 strategically located bases allows REACH to provide those who they serve with timely access to high quality patient care. REACH’s VFR fleet is entirely comprised of Bell 407’s

“This agreement confirms AMGH’s ongoing trust in the performance of Bell helicopters to effectively execute their missions every day,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. “We are proud to be a part of this organization’s life-saving services, and we appreciate the opportunity to continue supplying the quality aircraft and support they require.”

Bell Helicopter has been a trustworthy partner with the HEMS industry since its inception.  Bell Helicopter continues to support the world’s growing need for time-sensitive medical transportation services by providing safe and reliable aircraft.  It is for that reason emergency medical service agencies around the world rely on Bell Helicopter products.

The Bell 407 and Bell 407GX integrate reliability, speed, performance and maneuverability, making it the ideal aircraft for HEMS missions. The spacious cabin can be modified to accommodate a broad range of medical equipment, while a standard bi-fold door with a 61-inch (155 cm) opening ensures quick and easy patient loading and unloading. The all-composite, four-bladed rotor system provides a smooth ride, excellent hover performance and speed, even in high altitudes and extreme temperatures. The 407 offers advanced safety features such as a rupture-resistant fuel system, engine exceedence monitoring, energy absorbing seats and a collective mounted throttle to keep power at the pilot’s fingertips.

The dependable and reliable Bell 206L-4 provides operators a multi-mission capable helicopter with low operating costs.  With seven place seating and more than 2,000 lbs of useful load, the Bell 206L-4 delivers mission flexibility.  The Bell 206L-4 offers superb visibility for difficult scene landings with large cabin windows and wrap-around windows for pilots.

Backed by Bell Helicopter’s #1 ranked Customer Support and Services, Bell Helicopter offers a global support network with a variety of product and service offerings including maintenance, repair and overhaul, blade repair, and customization.


Bell 429 Cargo Basket Available Through Aeronautical Accessories

Las Vegas, NV – Bell Helicopter has announced it is distributing a new cargo basket under its Aeronautical Accessories brand, produced by Aero Design Ltd. for the Bell 429 aircraft.

The new product was developed jointly through Bell Helicopter and Aero Design. The quick release cargo basket received Transport Canada certification supplemental type certificate SH12-58 in Nov.  2012 and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval in January and is approved for instrument flight rules  and Category A operations.

The cargo basket can be used in a variety of market applications including utility, forestry, tourism and mineral exploration to transport mission-critical tooling and equipment. To ensure full functionality of the cabin doors, the cargo basket is designed to be installed low on either the right or left hand side of the aircraft. With a reinforced, slip resistant checkered plate lid, maintenance personnel can perform inspections without removing the basket. Total installed weight is 102.4 pounds (46.55 kg) and allowable cargo weight is 300 pounds (136.6 kg).

“We have been distributing Aero Design cargo baskets for more than a year and are please to continue our relationship,” said Chad Nimrick, director, Aeronautical Accessories and CSS Engineering. “We began working with Aero Design early in 2012 on the new Bell 429 cargo basket and are excited about the expansion of this product line.” 

For more information on the 429 cargo basket, please visit the Aeronautical Accessories web site at www.aero-access.com, contact the Aeronautical Accessories sales team at 1.800.251.7094 or email your questions to sales@aero-access.com.


Bell Helicopter, through Aeronautical Accessories brand, exclusive distributor of Tanis Aircraft Products’ Preheat System for Bell 429

Las Vegas, NV – Bell Helicopter is pleased to announce that, through its Aeronautical Accessories brand, it is the exclusive distributor of Tanis Aircraft Products’ new preheat system for the Bell 429 aircraft.

The Heli-Preheat system provides numerous benefits for operators in cold climates. When used for the prescribed time, benefits can include an increase in reliability and safety of operations and a decrease in torque oscillation, thermal stress, spool up and launch times. Acceptable components for preheat include the engine, battery, critical driveline components and various fluids.

“We are proud to announce the Supplemental Type Certificate of our new Preheat System for the Bell 429,” said Doug Evink, president and CEO of Tanis Aircraft Products.  “The product features a long list of benefits for aircraft that fly in cold climates. These preheat advantages can have a direct impact on operational consistency due to low temperatures.” 

The Tanis Heli-Preheat System comes complete with cabling kit, circuit protection, shore power door kit, tail boom bracket kit and bonding adhesive. The system is operated on the ground while connected to a ground-based AC power source.

“The addition of the Tanis Preheat System for the Bell 429 to our product line is consistent with our overall focus on innovation, reliability, and performance,” said Chad Nimrick, director, Aeronautical Accessories and Bell Helicopter Customer Support and Services Engineering [can we shorten this title at all?]. “We are excited to be the designated distributor of a product that enhances operation, safety and versatility.”

For more information on the Tanis Heli-Preheat System for the Bell Helicopter 429, please contact the Aeronautical Accessories sales team at 1.800.251.7094 or email your questions to sales@aero-access.com.

About Tanis Aircraft Products
Tanis Aircraft Products is the leading manufacturer of preheat systems for rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft.  Since 1973, Tanis has been the innovator in aircraft preheat systems, delivering reliable solutions for critical aircraft operations.


About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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