The Canada Connection: Able works with Bell Helicopter in Calgary for In-country Distribution

November 14, 2016

MESA, Arizona(November 14, 2016)– Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc.(NYSE: TXT) company, has announced it will work with its affiliate, Bell Helicopter, in Calgary to expand its product availability in Canada. During the coming months, Able will build in -country availability on its full line of approved replacement parts (PMA) and dynamic components for exchange for the Bell 206 and Bell 407 to be distributed through the supply center.

“The process is a win-win for Bell Helicopter operators in Canada, ”said Mark Johnston, Business Development Director for Able Aerospace.“It allows customers to continue to order through Able, as they’ ve always done, but receive their orders in a fraction of the time through Bell Helicopter's specialized in -country distribution system.”

Johnston was in attendance at this month's Helicopter Association of Canada(HAC) Convention and Trade Show, and will continue to share details with customers and prospects as the new distribution channel develops.

“As a new member of the Textron Aviation family, Able is always on the lookout for ways to join our collective forces for the benefit of our customers, ”said Gabriel Massey, Able Aerospace Director of Strategy.“Working in partnership with Bell Helicopter's Calgary experts is this kind of opportunity – a partnership that will make it easier for in-country Bell Helicopter operators to quickly access our cost-saving products and keep their aircraft safely flying.”

Able's broad capabilities include some of the world's largest rotable exchange inventories and approved replacement parts(PMAs) for Bell Helicopter aircraft. As an approved Bell Helicopter Service Center, Able additionally offers more than 10, 000 FAA-approved repairs and overhauls, with in-house specialized services ranging from electroplating, chemical processing, machining and grinding to NDT testing, hydraulics and bearings services.

All in -house work is completed by a collaborative staff of mechanics, engineers, DER experts and customer service specialists, from Able's 200, 000-square-foot headquarters located at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.

About Able Aerospace Services

Able Aerospace Services is a leading supplier of component and MRO services.With headquarters and maintenance facilities on the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport(KIWA) in Mesa, Arizona, Able 's products and services support commercial and military fixed- and rotor-wing aviation. Able combines 32 years of aviationexperience with a staff of more than 500 employees to accomplish its mission: To safely reduce aircraft operating costs by providing resourceful component repair, overhaul and approved replacement parts solutions. Able is certified by numerous airworthiness authorities including the FAA, EASA, ANAC, CAAC, JCAB and others.

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 Able Partners with Bell-Calgary for In-Country Distribution – Page Two 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 Aviation Inc.

Textron Aviation the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying.The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes.It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization.Its broad range of products include such bestselling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry's most capable global service network.For more information, visit

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