Textron Inc – Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is pleased to
announce that its Bell
505 Jet Ranger X
 has been certified by the Federal Aviation
Administration
(FAA).


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Through the flight test program, the Bell 505 underwent rigorous certification activities and achieved more than 1,000 flight test hours. (Photo: Business Wire)


The Bell 505 continues to surpass significant milestones – achieving
type certification in December 2016 from Transport Canada Civil
Aviation, then gaining production certification, and recently
celebrating the first customer delivery.


“This is another significant milestone in our journey to market entry
for the Bell 505,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell Helicopter’s president and
CEO. “This aircraft incorporates the latest advancements in safety and
aviation technology and we are extremely proud of our return to the
short light single class of helicopters.”


Bell Helicopter will continue to work with other certification
authorities around the globe. Through the flight test program, the Bell
505 underwent rigorous certification activities and achieved more than
1,000 flight test hours. The Bell Helicopter Training Academy is also
prepared for entry into service with customer training, and the flight
training device and coursework are all on track.


“Customer response for the Bell 505 has been outstanding, and we look
forward to seeing the aircraft perform all the various missions it’s
equipped for around the world,” added Snyder.


The Bell 505 offers operators many advantages including the Safran
Helicopter Engines (HE) Arrius 2R engine that incorporates the dual
channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) that delivers
exceptional performance and reduces pilot workload. A first-in-class
fully integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck features dual 10.4-inch (26.4
cm) displays, which provide critical flight information for crews at a
glance. Through Bell Helicopter’s high inertia rotor system, Bell
Helicopter
has demonstrated throughout the flight test program
exceptional autorotation capability that is part of the Jet Ranger
legacy.


With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds
(680 kg), the Bell 505 is designed to be safe and easy to fly while
providing significant value to the operator. The customer-driven design
of the aircraft places safety, performance and affordability at the
forefront, blending proven systems with advanced technology and a sleek,
modern design.


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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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO,
Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU
Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: 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,
changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellations or deferrals of
letters of intent and/or orders; 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.

Source: Textron

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