SkyBOOKS now Supports Mi-8 and Mi-17 Helicopters

April 19, 2011

Jacksonville, FL – April 19, 2011 – SkyBOOKS, Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and affiliate of Bell Helicopter, announced the expansion of its electronic maintenance tracking capability for Russian Mi helicopters.

SkyBOOKS now provides maintenance tracking coverage for the MI-8 and MI-17 series helicopters to meet the ever expanding needs of its global customer base.

“SkyBOOKS allows customers to spend more time performing critical maintenance functions by simplifying the maintenance tracking and document control process,” said John Willis, SkyBOOKS chief operating officer. “We are very pleased to add the Mi helicopter series as we continue our support of the global aviation industry.”

Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopter operators will benefit from SkyBOOKS’ streamlined functionality for flight records and aircraft usage and optimized maintenance tracking features, as well as removing language barriers and monitoring of time before overhaul limits.

SkyBOOKS maintenance tracking program saves time and eliminates errors, allowing maintainers to easily forecast, update, print reports and stay compliant. SkyBOOKS tab structure combined with its Airworthiness Directive and Service Bulletin alerts allow users to easily identify new maintenance and service actions and intuitively navigate through the program.

SkyBOOKS also provides electronic maintenance tracking solutions for: Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Bombardier, Learjet, Hawker Beechcraft, Falcon, Piper, Piaggio, Pilatus, Sikorsky, Eurocopter, Agusta Westland, Robinson and MD Helicopters aircraft.

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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 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. 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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