Bell Helicopter Endorses HNZ Topflight for Mountain Flight Training

October 20, 2014

Collaboration provides Bell Helicopter customers additional training options

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (October 20, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company,  (NYSE: TXT), announced it has approved HNZ Topflight (HNZ) as an Approved Flight Training Center for the purpose of offering Mountain Flight Training Courses on Bell Helicopter models.

“HNZ is a very well-regarded training organization, well-known for its mountain flight training” said Ray Lamas, general manager, Global Customer Training for the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA). “This agreement creates a formal relationship benefitting both companies and our customers, and ensures HNZ is committed to upholding the world-class standards espoused by the BTA.”            

Established in 1951, HNZ Topflight has a reputation as a leader in mountain and advanced flight training courses. The school is located in British Columbia, Canada, and regularly trains pilots from the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Royal Danish Air Force.

“The collaboration with Bell Helicopter is a natural fit with our training curriculum,” said Don Wall, president & CEO, HNZ. “HNZ Topflight has industry-leading experience in mountain flight training, and we are committed to ensuring we maintain the standards set by Bell Helicopter.”

“We are pleased to extend this option to our Bell Helicopter customers who require mountain flight training,” continued Lamas.  “As our customer base continues to expand globally, the BTA will continue to pursue unique options such as this to ensure we can meet our customers’ mission-specific requirements.”

Bell Helicopter customers interested in enrolling in HNZ Top Mountain Flight Training may contact HNZ directly for enrollment.

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About HNZ Group, Inc.

The Corporation is an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services with operations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Antarctica and Southeast Asia. The Corporation operates in excess of 130 helicopters in support of a range of multinational companies and government agencies, including onshore and offshore oil and gas, mineral exploration, military support, hydro and utilities, forest management, construction, air ambulance and search and rescue. In addition to charter services, the Corporation provides flight training and third-party repair and maintenance services. The Corporation is headquartered near Montreal, Canada and employs approximately 800 personnel from 36 locations around the world. The Corporation operates from fixed-base locations as well as from temporary locations, commonly referred to as “pool locations”, and provides helicopters in a wide variety of climatic conditions and terrain across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Antarctica and Southeast Asia.

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.

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