Bell Academy Awarded Multi-Year Contract With the U.S. Government Service Administration

February 19, 2010

Fort Worth, TX - February 19, 2010 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the Bell Helicopter Training Academy has been awarded a five (5)-year contract with the U.S. Government Service Administration’s (GSA) Acquisition schedule.

The academy’s entire course catalog has been added to the GSA schedule at Bell’s Fort Worth/Alliance location.

The GSA program streamlines the purchasing process for government customers, providing them with a reliable and proven one-stop resource for discounted “best-value” prices for services at the Bell academy.

“Providing our customers with one-stop solution for their training needs is a priority for the Bell Helicopter Training Academy,” said Trey Wade, director of the academy. “We recognize that our government customers need an effective and efficient way to purchase training services. We are confident this contract will provide a key customer segment with a quick and cost-effective solution to all of their helicopter training needs.”

“This program will allow state and local government entities to take advantage of the purchasing power of the federal government,” said Patrick Crippen, business development manager.

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

For more information about this program, contact the academy Web site or log onto the Government Service Administration’s GSA Advantage Web site and look for the Bell Helicopter Training Academy price schedule under Federal Supply Schedule GS-02F-0084W.

About the Bell Training Academy
For more than 60 years, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy has provided world class, FAAcertified training at our facility in Fort Worth and at customer locations around the world. We have trained more than 100,000 customers representing over 120 countries and every type of helicopter operation.

About the GSA
Since 1949, The GSA has been assisting agencies better serve the public by meeting - at best value - their needs for products and services, and to simplify access to information. For over 12 years, GSA Advantage has been a reliable and proven one-stop online resource for thousands of Federal employees worldwide. GSA Advantage offers the most comprehensive selection of approved products and services from GSA contracts.

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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