Paradise Helicopters Selects SkyBOOKS to Track Maintenance

February 19, 2010

Jacksonville, FL - February 19, 2010 - SkyBOOKS, Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, has been selected as the online electronic record-keeping program by Paradise Helicopters. Paradise Helicopters, a Hawaiian air tour and utility services provider with a record of over 10 years of industry excellence, recently completed a SkyBOOKS 90-day free trial offering for one of their aircraft and is the first trial operator to enroll their entire mixed fleet as a result of their trial experience.

The SkyBOOKS Full Service Flight Operations and Maintenance Tracking program provided Paradise Helicopters with an electronic record-keeping system to meet the complex needs associated with managing their three Bell 407s and three MD 500Es. John Willis, SkyBOOKS chief operating officer, said, “The analyst-supported, Web-enabled program will provide Paradise real-time information pertaining to flight operations, maintenance compliance, maintenance scheduling and minimum equipment list (MEL) utilization.”

SkyBOOKS is a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) provider allowing simultaneous use by dispatches, owners, operators, and maintainers. The full-program includes analyst support to manage documents and update maintenance schedules.

Calvin Dorn, president of Paradise Helicopters, said, “Our goal as a company is to provide our guests with an experience that is unique, exceptional and creates a memory for a lifetime. Our utility customers choose us for our skills and reliability. We needed a system that provided the same passion for detail and performance. We had been searching for the right product to enhance the company’s growing maintenance department. The first competing product we tried was so hard to manage and integrate services with, that after a year and a half we resorted to rebuilding spreadsheets to track aircraft components. Within several weeks of using the free trial offered by SkyBOOKS, we experienced the professional oversight and help available to our company. We know we have found the perfect product.”

About SkyBOOKS
SkyBOOKS Inc., based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a Textron Aviation Management Solution Software-as-a- Service provider. It provides analyst-supported, Web-based aviation solutions to corporate and government flight operations to users around the world via its own highly-secure Tier 4 data center. SkyBOOKS manages the information-processing requirements for any size rotary- and fixed-wing business aviation operation over the Internet on a subscription basis. More information is available at or by e-mail at

About Paradise Helicopters
Paradise Helicopters has provided Air Adventures in Hawaii for over 10 years and currently departs from Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu as well as Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Tour offerings include the only “Doors Off” tour over Kilauea and Unique Landing Adventures. Paradise Helicopters is also a leader in professional helicopter utility work providing support for the film industry, natural resources and construction lift work. More information is available at or by e-mail 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. (NYSE: TXT) 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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