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Mecaer Aviation Group Wins Contract to Design and Manufacture the Wheeled Landing Gear System for the New Bell Helicopter 525 “Relentless”

Borgomanero, Italy - July 9th, 2012…Italy based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) has capitalized on its experience in building helicopter, business and general aviation landing gears to become a key supplier to industry leader, Bell Helicopter Textron of the complete landing gear system for the new “Super Medium” Bell 525 “Relentless” helicopter.

With this award, MAG is now providing landing gears to Bell Helicopter Textron for both the Bell 525 “Relentless” and 429 programs.

In designing the Bell 525 landing gear, MAG will be responsible for engineering, system integration and the production of a complete ‘bolt-on’ system, comprising nose and main gears, electro-mechanical actuation, braking system, wheels, brakes, tires and landing gear control panel.

MAG is currently the landing system solution supplier to several major rotary and fixed wing OEM’s, including AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron, Diamond Aircraft, Eclipse Aerospace and Turkish Aerospace Industries.

MAG’s co-general manager, Armando Sassoli, said, “This is the second consecutive program win with Bell Helicopter for which MAG is awarded a wheeled landing gear system. It is a very important step in MAG’s quest to become the world’s leading landing systems integrator in the helicopter market. Today’s arena is very competitive and we can only be extremely proud to make such an announcement.”

“The strengthening of our relation with Bell Helicopter is the result of two great teams that work very well together. We recognize the importance of a solid landing gear design, and strive to meet the high quality demands of our customers with every gear we produce,” said MAG’s director of landing systems, Giorgio Cozzolino. “Our objective is to deliver a state-of-art landing system with particular attention to environmental, technological and operational efficiencies.”

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 tilt rotor 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.  More information is available at www.bellhelicopter.com

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.  More information is available at www.textron.com

About Mecaer Aviation Group
MAG - Mecaer Aviation Group - is a leading international provider of solutions for aircraft landing systems, completions and MRO services in the helicopter, business aviation and general aviation markets.

MAG’s broad range of in-house capabilities allows it to offer complete solutions that are developed with a long-term and life-cycle based approach. This strategy has made MAG a trusted partner and reliable performer for its many industry leading customers around the world.  More information is available at www.mecaer.com


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