Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories Brand Bolsters Product Offerings

September 04, 2014

FORT WORTH, TX (September 4, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its Aeronautical AccessoriesTM brand is now a distributor for several new products from the Helifab product line. The products fit a variety of Bell Helicopter aircraft and improve the versatility and capability of these aircraft.

The cabin area cargo net is designed to secure cargo in an area to the left or right side of the aft cabin transmission pylon when the optional passenger seats or auxiliary fuel tanks are not installed. The cargo net is approved for the Bell 205 series aircraft, Bell 212, Bell 412 and Bell 412EP.

Approved for the Bell 212, Bell 412 and Bell 412EP, the automatic baggage door opener holds the tail boom baggage door open to facilitate loading and unloading of baggage or cargo. Once installed, the door opener acts as a door stop with a pneumatic actuator.

Helifab’s accessory shelf assembly is installed in the upper left avionics bay and provides a stable area for installation of up to 100 pounds of equipment. The shelf can be installed on the Bell 212, Bell 412 and Bell 412EP.

Aeronautical Accessories also offers aft cabin door hinge assemblies for the Sikorsky S-76. The Helifab hinge assemblies replace the manufacture’s original hinges and mounts, permitting the doors to open approximately 120 degrees and improving passenger egress. The door’s emergency jettison release is not affected and functions identically as in the original installation. The door mounts to the replacement hinges using OEM hardware.

“Aeronautical Accessories is committed to providing products that improve the performance and functionality of our customers’ aircraft,” said Jennifer Lunceford, manager, Sales for Aeronautical Accessories. “We worked with Helifab to add these to our catalog because they complement our existing offerings and provide our customers additional options to help them complete their missions.”

For more information please contact Aeronautical Accessories at or call 800-251-7094 to speak with an Aeronautical Accessories representative.

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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 that 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

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