Aviation Specialties Inc. Signs Order for New Bell 417

March 27, 2006

Fort Worth, TX - March 27, 2006 - Bell Helicopter a Textron Inc. Company (NYSE: TXT) announced the order of a Bell 417 helicopter to Aviation Specialties Inc. based in Boise, Idaho. This was one of the 46 new Bell 417s ordered in conjunction with the recent Heli-Expo in Dallas, Tx.

The new 417 would add to the company's existing Bell fleet of a 206-B3 and a Bell 407.

"We are thrilled to see Aviation Specialties continue to grow by ordering a 417 for their future fleet expansion," said Greg Maitlen, Bell Helicopter Regional Sales Manager for the Western U.S. "We are proud to call them part of the Bell Helicopter family."

Aviation Specialties' Bell 407 is currently contracted to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department in California. This order makes Aviation Specialties the first company to order the new Bell 417 for law enforcement use.

"Our 407 is called on daily to operate in an extremely demanding environment," explained Mike Atwood, President of Aviation Specialties Inc. "The 417's projected additional performance and glass cockpit make it a perfect addition to our fleet."

Bell Helicopter, is a leading producer of commercial and military helicopters for the worldwide marketplace. Globally recognized for customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in over 120 countries.

Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company operating in 33 countries with approximately 37,000 employees in continuing operations. 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, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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