Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories Brand Increases Bell 407 Product Offerings in Brazil

May 20, 2015

FORT WORTH, TX (May 20, 2015) Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has received approval from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), the national civil aviation authority of Brazil, for three of its products applicable on Bell 407 platforms to be distributed through its Aeronautical AccessoriesTM brand.

Specifically designed for the Bell 407GXP, the Expanded Area Instrument Panel replaces the standard instrument panel and offers the helicopter operator additional space for a wider range of equipment locations and ease of installation. Through the unique design and layout of the larger panel, a third monitor and other mission-related equipment can be installed in front of the copilot.

ANAC has also given approval for the Rappelling Fixture Kit, which is a roof-mounted design that provides a safe and secure attaching point for use in rappelling operations. The kits are available for installation on both sides of the cabin roof when used in conjunction with the sliding door kit.

Also approved was the Quick Mount Installation Kit for an SX-16 Nightsun® Searchlight System, which is a versatile, mobile and high intensity light source and available for all Bell 407 platforms. It can flood an area with light from a safe distance. The kit includes a redundant auto-stow centering feature with panel mounted position indicators. Installation and removal of the SX-16 Nightsun® for maintenance can be accomplished in less than five minutes once the kit has been installed.

“These new ANAC approved products have applications across multiple mission segments,” said Jennifer Lunceford, manager of Sales for Aeronautical Accessories. “We’re proud to now offer all of these products into the Brazilian market.”

For more information on these offerings, 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 direct and through Bell Helicopter’s worldwide network. The brand currently offers more that 4,000 unique part numbers and 1200 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.

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