Bell Helicopter Training Academy Receives EASA Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization Approval

September 18, 2009
Fort Worth, TX - September 18, 2009 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that earlier this month the Bell Training Academy received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization Approval. The Bell Helicopter Training Academy is approved to provide EASA B1.3 training on the Bell 427 (PWC PW207D). Additional B1.3 and B2 courses will be added shortly.

"As an EASA Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization, we can support our customers by providing required EASA-approved maintenance type training. This approval enhances our ability to deliver total training solutions to our customers’ worldwide.” said Tommy Hyde, quality manager for the Bell Helicopter Training Academy.

Located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy takes pride in delivering the finest helicopter training in the world with highly skilled professional pilot and technical instructors. Their training incorporates the latest technological advancements into its aviation training programs and continues to invest in the development of new, industry-leading initiatives to promote helicopter safety. Recent improvements in Bell’s maintenance training programs include the installation of electronic classrooms, upgrades to composite maintenance trainers, and non-destructive inspection training for maintenance technicians.

The Bell Helicopter Training Academy provides comprehensive training courses on Bell products. For a complete schedule of all courses, call 1-800-368-2355, or visit, or contact the Bell Helicopter Training Academy Administration directly at

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

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