Corporate Helicopters of San Diego Upgrades Fleet with Bell 430

October 12, 2004
Las Vegas, NV - October 12, 2004 - Flying around the southern California sky just got a lot better. Recently Corporate Helicopters of San Diego added a new luxurious Bell 430 to its fleet, which includes several Bell Jet Rangers and a Bell Long Ranger. Corporate Helicopters believes that with the addition of the 430, they will be able reach a new level in their Charter Operations. This 135 IFR Bell 430 helicopter is unique to the Southern California market.

 Deann J. Shier, CEO of Corporate Helicopters, states, "We chose the Bell 430 because its impressively elegant design is functionally suited to carry up to seven passengers comfortably. My partner, Ivor Shier and I trust in the Bell Helicopter name as representing product reliability as well as offering us the customer support we demand for our commerical operations."

Corporate Helicopters of San Diego offers a wide variety of aerial services from corporate charter to aerial survey and aerial photography. The company has been in business since 1989 and boasts an outstanding safety record. Corporate Helicopters is the largest full-service helicopter company in San Diego County and is centrally located at Montgomery Field Airport. Corporate Helicopters is well known and respected in the film industry by participating in filming such movies as "Titanic," "Deep Blue Sea," and "Master and Commander," maybe we'll may see the new 430 co-starring in a few movies!

Bell Helicopter Textron, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., is a $1.6 billion, leading producer of commercial and military helicopters, and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce of over 7,500 employees serves customers flying Bell aircraft in over 120 countries.

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, 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, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at

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