SkyBOOKS System to Service Sheriff's Office Aviation Section

March 18, 2008
Fort Worth, TX - March 18, 2008 - SkyBOOKS Inc, an affiliate of Bell Helicopter and a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that during the recent HeliExpo helicopter exhibition in Houston, TX that the Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff's Office Aviation Section is the latest law enforcement organization to purchase the SkyBOOKS Internet aviation maintenance and operations tracking system.

"We recognized with recent downsizing and the increasing need to be more efficient with our assets that the SkyBOOKS solution met our need for tracking our mission readiness," said Robert 'Andy' Morgan, Section OIC. "We're very excited about this analyst-supported subscription service. It will provide us with a quick-look status on aircraft maintenance as well as crew mission readiness."

SkyBOOKS serves aircraft owners with a state-of-the-art analyst supported subscription solution. It was designed specifically to provide an enterprise-wide, intuitive and easy-to-use solution that organizes and manages all OEM required maintenance tasks for any model of aircraft. The seamless link with the crew readiness information is accomplished by loading all organizational required qualifications, training and FAA requirements for each crew member, linking them with a specific aircraft and serving that information up in an easy-to-see 'stop light' format for quick determination of mission readiness.

"SkyBOOKS is a world-class management tool that provides mission essential information to the managers of aviation assets." states John Willis, COO and GM of SkyBOOKS. "We're very proud of our ability to help our civil servants with their mission readiness."

SkyBOOKS Inc. was recently acquired by Textron to add electronic maintenance tracking functions to the award-winning Bell Customer Support & Services Division. You can find out more about SkyBOOKS at or calling 866-929-8700.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor 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 $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. 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 Company , Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at

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