Bell Helicopter Showcases Its Newest 407 at the 41st Annual ALEA Conference and Exposition

July 29, 2011

FORT WORTH, TX - July 19, 2011 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display its newest 407 – the 407GX – during the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) 41st Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans this week.

“The Bell 407GX is one of Bell Helicopter’s newest versions of the very successful Bell 407 platform, and we are delighted to have it showcased during ALEA this week,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president, Commercial Business.

“The Bell 407GX sets the standard for situational awareness and offers superior performance and enhanced safety characteristics, which we know is critical for parapublic missions. Our law enforcement partners will be pleased with this new, innovative technology that supports their missions,” he said.

The Bell 407GX with the Garmin G1000HTM glass flight deck provides critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness, improved operational capability and increased safety. The advanced cockpit features, as standard, two 10.4” high-resolution LCD displays with an intuitive, easy to scan layout and an integrated avionics system that presents flight instrumentation, position, navigation, communication and identification information. Integrated safety attributes include Traffic Information System (TIS), HSVT Synthetic Vision Technology, moving NAV map, Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System (HTAWS) and range ring. There are also engine and crew alerting systems including power situation indicator (PSI) and fuel flow, and automatic power assurance check. The advanced suite also features critical flight parameter storage on a SD card for post flight analysis.

In addition to the Bell 407GX on display, there will be a customized law enforcement Bell 407.
           
Bell Helicopter and Garmin will host a technical briefing on the Bell 407GX and the Garmin G1000HTM glass flight deck during ALEA on Thursday, July 21, 11:00 a.m., at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 283, in New Orleans.

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 tilt rotor 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 www.textron.com.

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