Bell Helicopter to Distribute Helitowcart BearPaws for Robinson and Airbus Models Through its Aeronautical Accessories Brand

October 22, 2014

Additions reflect the brand’s expanding product line 

FORT WORTH, TX (October 22, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it is now a distributor of Helitowcart BearPaw products through its Aeronautical AccessoriesTM brand.

The BearPaw product line is approved for a variety of helicopter manufacturers and models, including the Robinson R44 and R66, Airbus AS350, Airbus AS355 and Airbus EC130.  Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) have been received from Canada and the United States for each of these products. 

"When we decided to offer this product line we had a desire to contribute to solving those classic practicality issues—  widening functionality, improving affordability and extending long term durability" said Nathalie Barbeau, vice president, commercial affairs at Helitowcart. "This new business relationship with Bell Helicopter, through its Aeronautical Accessories brand allows Helitowcart to extend our market exposure worldwide and for Aeronautical Accessories to continue widening its product line.”

Helitowcart BearPaws are perfect for assisting helicopter landings on snow, ice and loose terrain. They are constructed of UHMW-Polymer and 14ga stainless steel attachment clips and are engineered for long-term durability of the landing contact point.

The BearPaw kit includes iceblades to act as a friction device for safety on clear ice and as a pad protector for helicopters used in training exercises. For additional tail rotor safety, the BearPaws are streamlined to ensure pebbles and debris do not collect on the pads. 

“We are pleased to expand Aeronautical Accessories’ bear paw product line by having a new offering for Robinson and Airbus owners,” said Jennifer Lunceford, manager of Sales for Aeronautical Accessories. “We have had requests for this product in recent months and are excited to collaborate with Helitowcart to offer these new BearPaws to our R44, R66, AS350, AS355 and EC130 customers.”

For more information on the Helitowcart product line, please contact Aeronautical Accessories at www.aero-access.com or call 800-251-7094 to speak with an Aeronautical Accessories representative.

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About Helitowcart:

Helitowcart manufactures helicopter ground maneuvering equipment. The company offers towing and carrying solutions to meet varied operator needs. Today, close to 700 Helitowcarts are operated in over 60 countries.

About the Aeronautical Accessories brand:

Aeronautical Accessories is a Bell Helicopter brand dedicated to offering advanced helicopter parts and accessories for all rotorcraft makes and models through Bell Helicopter’s worldwide network. The brand currently offers more than 4,000 unique part numbers and 375 supplemental type certificates (STCs).

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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit www.textron.com.

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