Bell Helicopter and Air Medical Holdings Group Sign Agreement for 16 helicopters

October 11, 2010

Air Medical Transport Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 11, 2010 – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the sale of 16 206L4 LongRanger IV helicopters to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), the largest independent provider of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in the world. The aircraft will be operated by AMGH subsidiary Air Evac Lifeteam with deliveries in 2012 and 2013.

“All of us at Bell Helicopter are particularly proud of the association we enjoy with AMGH and Air Evac Lifeteam,” said John L. Garrison, Bell Helicopter president and chief executive officer.

“This order serves to confirm their continued faith and trust in Bell Helicopter as well as the LongRanger for the HEMS mission requirements. The 206L4 represents performance, affordability and value, and is, as always, backed by Bell’s industry leading customer support,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president Commercial Business.

Air Evac Lifeteam is a West Plains, Missouri-based provider of air ambulance services to rural communities across 14 states. Air Evac Lifeteam operates the world’s largest fleet of over 100 medically-equipped Bell 206 LongRanger helicopters and has flown more than 220,000 people who were in critical need of care since its founding in 1985.

Air Evac Lifeteam President and CEO Seth Myers said, “The purchase of these new aircraft will continue our overall fleet upgrade campaign and allow us to continue our mission of providing increased access to emergency healthcare to even more communities in rural America. The tremendous available up time of our fleet, is a true testament to the dependability and reliability of the 206 L aircraft. We appreciate the support Bell Helicopters has provided us over the years and look forward to continuing that partnership as we move forward.”

The 206L4 LongRanger IV provides a unique combination of power and range along with innovative doors and a spacious cabin that make the LongRanger IV ideal for the HEMS mission. The spacious cabin can be effectively modified to accommodate a broad range of medical equipment insuring the capability for efficient and comprehensive medical transportation Quick and easy patient loading and unloading is provided by a standard bi-fold door with a 61-inch (155 cm) opening. Superb visibility for difficult scene landings and more safety margin are provided by large cabin windows for medical attendants and wrap-around windows for pilots.

The LongRanger IV offers improved safety features such as rupture-resistant fuel cells, upper body restraints, energy absorbing seats, collective mounted throttle, high altitude tail-rotor blades, and the best autorotation characteristics of any helicopter flying today.

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. More information is available at

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