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EASA Approves Bell 429 Pilot Training Program

Bell Helicopter, July 10, 2012 - Farnborough, United Kingdom - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company , announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to provide pilot training on Bell 429 helicopters.

The Bell 429 pilot training program blends theoretical knowledge instruction with specific aircraft training tasks that are conducted in the advanced flight training device, as well as in the aircraft itself. In addition to the program approval, EASA certified the Bell 429 flight training device to Level 2, which combined with the BTA's existing suite of EASA maintenance training approvals, allows Bell Helicopter to satisfy all of the regulatory training requirements required of any 429 pilot.

"We constantly strive to provide solutions to our operators' growing training needs," stated Eric Cardinali, executive vice president of Customer Support and Services for Bell Helicopter. "Part of that solution is gaining regulatory approvals in order to provide our customers access to the breadth of training programs provided by the BTA."

Located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the BTA takes pride in delivering some of the finest helicopter training in the world with highly skilled professional pilots and technical instructors. BTA incorporates the latest technological advancements into its aviation training programs and continues to invest in the development of new, industry-leading initiatives to promote helicopter safety. Recent additions to courseware and classroom training aids includes desktop trainers, cockpit procedures trainers, interactive graphics for virtual assembly and reassembly of parts and an online refresher course.

"Bell Helicopter is committed to providing our customers with safe and innovative training solutions," stated Trey Wade, director of Bell Helicopter Training Academy. "EASA's approval of the Bell 429 pilot training program allows us to satisfy more of our customers' training requirements, not only in Europe, but also, throughout the world."

The Bell Helicopter Training Academy provides comprehensive training courses on Bell Helicopter products. For a complete schedule of all courses, call 1-800-368-2355, visit or contact the Bell Helicopter Training Academy Administration directly at [email protected].

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 Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems.

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