Aeronautical Accessories Adds New Bell 407 Items

May 30, 2013

Piney Flats, TN - May 30, 2013 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced two new accessories for the Bell 407 including a self-sealing fuel cell kit and a passenger ballistic protection system. The new products will be distributed under Bell Helicopters's Aeronautical Accessories brand.

The Bell 407 Self-Sealing Fuel Cell Kit is an alternative to the Bell 407 standard fuel cells. Material used for construction of the self-sealing fuel cells provides for ballistic-tolerant fuel cells offering an increased level of protection for the rotorcraft crew and passengers. The kit includes forward, main and auxiliary self-sealing fuel cells complementing the existing OEM fuel system.

The Bell 407 Passenger Ballistic Protection System (BPS) is a second addition to the Aeronautical Accessories 407 BPS product line. Developed by LifePort, this new system provides protection for passenger floor and seats. Like the Crew Ballistic Protection System, the new Passenger System offers the lightest weight technology in composite armor solutions. The Bell 407 Passenger BPS is also coated with LifeGard, a protective coating that seals and protects the encapsulated armor. The coating increases the life and durability of the system and provides a slip resistant surface.

"We continually look for innovative products to add to our product line to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our customers' missions," said Chad Nimrick, director, Aeronautical Accessories and Customers Support and Services Engineering. "The new self-sealing fuel cell kit and the Passenger BPS are two excellent examples of our commitment to improving the operation, safety and versatility of the Bell 407."

For more information on the Bell 407 self-sealing fuel cell kit or the Bell 407 Passenger PBS, please contact the Aeronautical Accessories sales team at 1.800.251.7094 or email your questions to

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. 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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