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Bell Helicopter to Increase Operational Flexibility of the Bell 412EPI

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (October 7, 2013) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced an upgrade program to one of the company’s newest and most versatile helicopters – the Bell 412EPI. The upgrade will increase the operational flexibility of the rotorcraft to meet the future regulatory and mission needs of the industry. The program will focus on further testing and improvements of the rotorcraft’s Category A certification to provide increased operational flexibility for CAT A Part B procedures with respect to elevated heliports as well as the use of circular and rectangular elevated heliports.

“The Bell 412 is already the backbone of mission-critical helicopter operations around the world, which is why we are working closely with our customers to make sure we best meet their constantly evolving needs,” said Danny Maldonado, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Bell Helicopter. “The Bell 412 fleet has already logged more than 4.5 million flight hours while consistently demonstrating its reliability in challenging environments, but these upgrades will give our customers the increased operational flexibility and expanded mission capabilities needed to take on even more demanding missions in the future.”

The upgrade program will commence in November 2013 with the first completion scheduled for first quarter 2014, which will allow for the first commercial deliveries of the rotorcraft next year to include the benefits of this continued product investment.
 
The Bell 412EPI, first introduced in March 2013, improves the Bell 412EP platform with the Bell BasiX ProTM fully integrated glass flight deck, which provides critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and safety. The Bell BasiX Pro™ system features four 10.4" high resolution LCD primary/multi-function display units for vital flight information in an easy-to-scan layout. The system is specifically designed to meet the requirements of twin-engine helicopters and is optimized for IFR, Category A and JAR OPS3 compliant operations. The avionics suite also includes high resolution digital maps, electronic charts and approach plates, ADS-B transponder and optional HTAWS and XM satellite links. The new Bell 412EPI also incorporates the power of Pratt & Whitney’s PT6T-9 Twin Pac® engines that provide 15 percent more horsepower than the standard Bell 412 and the BLR Strake and FastFin system, which modifies the tailboom to optimize airflow and improve handling, safety and lift.

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. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements which may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products or unanticipated expenses in connection with the launching of significant new products or programs; the timing of our new product launches or certifications of our new aircraft products; our ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our customers; changes in government regulations or policies on the export and import of our products; volatility in the global economy or changes in worldwide political conditions that adversely impact demand for our products; performance issues with key suppliers or subcontractors; difficult conditions in the financial markets which may adversely impact our customers’ ability to fund or finance purchases of our products; and continued demand softness or volatility in the  markets in which we do business.

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