Bell Scores Another New 429 Customer

November 23, 2010

Exceptional Performance and Support Drive Demand in the EMS Industry

Fort Worth, TX – November 23, 2010 – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that San Juan Regional Medical Center will add the world’s most advanced light twin helicopter, the Bell 429, to its air ambulance fleet. The purchase of the 429 supports San Juan Regional Medical Center’s AirCare unit based out of Farmington, New Mexico.

“Our hospital and the AirCare program have depended on Bell helicopters for more than 18 years to safely transport patients,” said Mike Berve, AirCare and trauma manager, San Juan Regional Medical Center. “After nearly 13,000 flight hours in the Bell 222, we look forward adding the 429 to our fleet.”

Chosen for its exceptional performance capabilities in demanding environments, the 429 also offers the latest advancements in cockpit technology, speed and versatility, spacious cabin, and excellent maintainability.

“The 429 continues to exceed expectations at high altitudes and in extreme temperatures,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president Commercial Business. “Those capabilities, combined with Bell’s industry-leading customer support and service, provide SJRMC with the reliability, performance and maintenance-cost containment they need to ensure a successful operation.”

After a lengthy and detailed selection process SRJMC selected the 429 as its newest light twin engine emergency medical services helicopter.

“The 429 gives us the speed, flexibility, increased performance and safety enhancements that enable us to offer our patients fast, safe, reliable and quality critical care service,” said Berve.

Established in 1992, AirCare has transported nearly 10,000 patients in the Bell 222 since the program’s inception. They currently manage the Bell 222 and an airplane, providing patients with critical care services 24 hours per day.

"We are honored that San Juan Regional Medical Center continues to place its faith and trust in Bell products,” said Roberts. “And look forward to continuing our partnership of providing patients in the Four Corners region with safe, reliable and quality critical care air ambulance transport.”

The Bell 429 has the largest cabin in its class - providing unsurpassed headroom and ample legroom, with the front row of passenger cabin seats easily reconfigurable or effortlessly removed to convert from passenger to cargo service or any combination of the two. The uniquely designed, optional rear clamshell doors are easily opened with one hand and "hug the fuselage" to provide a safe work zone at the rear of the 429 - making it efficient and effective for the HEMS mission.

About San Juan Regional Medical Center
San Juan Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and its nearly 1700 employees provide a broad range of healthcare services to the Four Corners region of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. As a designated Level III Trauma Center, SJRMC provides air ambulance service with a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. Equipped with a childbirth center, a nephrology unit, a pediatric unit, an inpatient behavioral health unit, a day surgery center and extensive imaging and lab testing services, SJRMC offers patients with personalized quality healthcare and creates enthusiasm and vitality in healing.

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

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 in 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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