Bell Helicopter to Provide Updates on Commercial Programs and Continued Global Momentum at the Farnborough International Airshow

July 11, 2014

Fort Worth, TX (July 11, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is showcasing its modernized commercial product line at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in the United Kingdom from July 14-20. There will be four Bell Helicopter aircraft on display, including the international debut of the Bell 525 Relentless™ mockup configured for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ mockup, which is concluding its three month tour of Europe, the Bell 407GX, and the Bell 429 configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service missions, which is also completing a demo tour throughout Europe leading up to the show. In addition to providing visitors a chance to get a close look at the capabilities, spacious cabins and state-of-the art glass cockpits throughout the Bell Helicopter product line, a corporate-configured Bell 429 will also perform flight demonstrations during the show.

“In the past few years, we have made a significant investment to make sure our entire product line best meets the mission needs of our customers throughout the world,” said John L. Garrison, President and CEO of Bell Helicopter. “Right now, our current and future products provide operators with fully-integrated glass cockpits and enhanced performance, safety and reliability for any mission need.”

The Bell Helicopter display will be located outside exhibit area L2 and will also feature products from other Textron companies, including Textron AirLand, Textron Aviation and Textron Systems.

“In the past few years, we have had great success in Europe and see additional opportunities for further growth,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “We have invested in developing our local facilities and aftermarket capabilities to better serve our European customers, and Farnborough gives us an opportunity to connect our team with these customers and learn more about their future needs.”

The Farnborough International Airshow prides itself on facilitating first-class business opportunities for the global aerospace industry.  As one of the world’s largest exhibitions and air displays, the show provides a wealth of dedicated and focused business platforms.

About the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

The Bell 505 is a five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter leveraging Bell Helicopter’s proven technology and nearly half a century of experience. Its fully flat floor, increased cabin volume and clam shell doors provide the configuration flexibility needed in today's market. The customer-driven design of the aircraft places safety, performance and affordability at its forefront, blending proven systems with advanced technology and a sleek, modern design. Pilot workload is further reduced by the Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and through its fully integrated glass flight deck Garmin G100H. The Bell 505 features a high inertia rotor system delivering superior auto rotation capabilities. With the ideal combination of speed, range and useful load, the Jet Ranger X is designed to deliver best-in-class performance.

About the Bell 407 GX

Built on the success of the Bell 407, the 407GX is the only helicopter equipped with the innovative Garmin G1000H integrated glass flight deck, making it the most advanced light, single-engine rotorcraft on the market. The Garmin G1000H enhances mission awareness with Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System, Traffic Information Systems, moving map display and Garmin's Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT™).

About the Bell 429

The Bell Helicopter 429 is one of the most advanced light twin IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) helicopters ever developed. The 429 has set the standard for light twins, delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins. The 429 boasts a spacious cabin with 204ft3 (5.78m3) of usable volume, optional rear clam-shell doors and seating for 7 passengers and 1 crew.

About the Bell 525 Relentless

The Bell 525 is the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter, able to operate in austere environments safely and reliably with decreased pilot workload. Developed with continuous customer input, the Bell 525 offers unparalleled situational awareness and enhanced safety and reliability with the first touch screen glass flight deck designed for helicopters. The Bell 525 also features the reliable performance enabled by world-class GE engines, a Garmin G5000H fully-integrated glass flight deck, and Bell's (Lift Assist Tail Boom Design) LATD™ technology for improved hover performance. The Relentless can comfortably accommodate 16 passengers and two crew members and has an anticipated cruise speed of 155 knots and a range of 500 nautical miles.

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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


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