Bell Helicopter flies Bell 429, 407GX at Paris Air Show

PARIS, 18 June 2013. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT), demonstration flights at Paris Air Show highlight the Bell 429 and Bell 407GX.

Bell Helicopter is demonstrating the Bell 525’s cockpit and flight control system. The Bell 525 cockpit simulator highlights the capabilities of the Bell 525 ARC Horizon flight deck allowing pilots to operate in specific mission conditions, including Category A takeoffs and landings, and fly-by-wire augmentation.

Air Zermatt’s Bell 429, the first emergency medical services (EMS) configured Bell 429 to be operated in Europe, is part of Bell Helicopter’s aircraft display at the Paris Air Show. The Bell 429 is the world’s newest and most advanced light twin-engine helicopter with excellent flight performance and passenger/cargo capacity. The Bell 429 sets the standard for light twins with 155 knot speed, a fully-integrated glass cockpit with single pilot IFR and WAAS precision approach capability, and extra large 60-in. side doors for ease of loading and unloading.

The Bell 407GT, the new armed version of the Bell 407GX, is displayed in Bell Helicopter’s booth. The commercially qualified helicopter features a fully-integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck and armament options ranging from light munitions to laser guided weapon systems. The Bell 407GT for parapublic and military operators combines payload and range capabilities with Bell Helicopter’s training and product support.

Bell Helicopter is providing demonstration flights of the Bell 429 and the Bell 407GX throughout the show. The Bell 407GX combines the proven performance of the Bell 407 platform with a Garmin G1000H flight deck, equipped with twin 10.4-inch, high-resolution LCD screens hosting primary flight display and multifunction display information in an easy to scan layout. Enhanced situational awareness is provided by a multitude of advanced features, including a Traffic Information System (TIS), Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTWAS), and Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT).

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