Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories Brand Raises the Bar with New Product Line Up

March 02, 2016

HAI Heli-Expo– Louisville, Kentucky (March 2, 2016)Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it is now a distributor of several new product offerings, under its Aeronautical Accessories brand, including the new LED Super™ Nightscanner®, Bell 206 series Van Horn rotor blades and multiple products from the Airglas product line.

“We continually look for innovative products to add to our product line that will not only add value, but will in fact improve our customers’ business.” said Jennifer Lunceford, manager, Sales, Aeronautical Accessories. “We are proud to begin offering the new LED Super™ Nightscanner®, Bell 206 series Van Horn rotor blades and multiple products from the Airglas product line to our customer base. These new products provide customers with convenient and safe mission solutions to enhance their performance capabilities around the world.”

The new LED Super™ Nightscanner lighting unit provides a powerful, long lasting light with more than 50,000 hours of service life and the brightness of more than 600,000 candela. Partnering with Hoffman Engineering, Bell Helicopter will additionally be producing and distributing, under its Aeronautical Accessories brand, Hoffman Engineering LED Lighting, not only as a direct replacement bulb for the Super™ Nightscanner® light, but also upgrading it to the LED Super™ Nightscanner.

Bell Helicopter announced at HAI Heli-Expo 2016 that it’s Aeronautical Accessories brand will now include Van Horn composite main rotor blades for Bell 206 series models. (From left to right: Dean Rosenlof, President for Van Horn Aviation and Glenn Isbell, Executive Vice President, Customer Support and Services, Bell Helicopter.)

Bell Helicopter selected Hoffman Engineering as they have introduced the first ever PAR64 LED Landing Light, a drop-in replacement for existing GE Q4559 and GE Q4559X quartz halogen lamps. The ruggedized PAR64 light is used on a wide range of commercial, civil, law enforcement, aero-medical and military aircraft.

The Aeronautical Accessories brand will now also include Van Horn composite main rotor blades for Bell 206 series models. The new blades are now FAA authorized, receiving a Supplemental Type Certificate in February 2016. To better support the missions of the 206 operators, the product features carbon fiber construction and contains a laminar flow airfoil shape with tapered tips. The blades also include a combination of nickel and stainless steel abrasion strips that extend the length of the blade to ensure erosion protection and grounding against potential lightning strikes.

“Van Horn Aviation is proud to offer our latest innovative product in composite rotor blades for Bell 206 owners,” said Dean Rosenlof, President for Van Horn Aviation. “We are equally proud to continue to work with Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories in reaching the global market.”

Further adding to their aftermarket parts and accessories offerings, Bell Helicopter will now also globally distribute the Airglas product line under the Aeronautical Accessories brand, including:

Helicopter Skis for Bell Helicopter, Airbus, Sikorsky, and MD Helicopters

· Rear Seat Cargo Extension Panels for Robinson R-44

· i-Pad mount for Robinson R-44

· Carbon Fiber Door for Bell 206-L

· Composite Floor Mats for Robinson R-44

· Alaskan Modular Terrain System (AMTS) for Robinson R-44

“Airglas products are a good fit for Aeronautical Accessories,” said Jim Hammer, Operations Manager for Airglas. “Although they have extensive product offerings to all rotorcraft makes, we will provide them with some new and unique accessory categories. We look forward to working with their excellent customer service group and increasing our global reach.”

For more information on these offerings, please contact the Aeronautical Accessories sales team at 1-800-251-7094, email your questions or visit their website at


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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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