GEELONG, AUSTRALIA (February 25, 2014) – Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc., businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announce their joint presence this week at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (Avalon) in Geelong, Australia.
Subject matter experts are available to discuss a broad range of aerospace and defense capabilities at the Textron Booth F14 in Hall 3.
Bell Helicopter is emphasizing its latest military and commercial rotorcraft offerings.
The multi-role Bell AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters are ideally suited to militaries aiming to bolster combat power across the broadest set of missions with increased speed, range, firepower and payload. The AH-1Z and UH-1Y were designed to operate in the most challenging amphibious environments all the while maintaining an affordable cost of ownership. The AH-1Z is the world’s most advanced attack helicopter, compatible with the widest array of ordnance of any helicopter in the world.
The Bell Boeing V-22's unique combination of speed, range, payload and vertical lift are ideally suited to the diverse environments, geographies and mission needs of Asia-Pacific operators. With more than 250,000 flight hours, the V-22 is considered one of the safest and most survivable vertical lift aircraft in the entire U.S. military fleet.
A Bell 429 light twin helicopter is on display. The Bell 429 is a light twin-engine, Single and Dual Pilot IFR aircraft built to the latest Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)/European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 27 safety amendments. It offers the latest technology providing the best combination of speed, payload, range and cabin size, coupled with the latest in safety improvements for redundancy, and crash resistance.
Textron Aviation and its regional partners are highlighting a broad product line up that is well-suited for military and commercial operations in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
The company is showcasing two Beechcraft T-6C military trainer aircraft recently purchased and operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). The T-6C is an advanced version of the T-6A with updated cockpit avionics to replicate today’s high-tech frontline aircraft. The Beechcraft T-6 military training fleet – including the original Joint Primary Aircraft Training System T-6A, the U.S. Navy’s T-6B and the T-6C – has surpassed 850 aircraft worldwide with more than 2.5 million flight hours. The T-6 military trainer offers military operators worldwide the most proven and cost-effective primary aviation training system available today. In addition to accommodating instruction in flying basics, instrument flight procedures and aerobatic maneuvers, the T-6 delivers a world-class training capability that is versatile and flexible enough for teaching introductory flight training tasks, yet sophisticated enough to enable the more challenging and complex advanced training missions.
Textron Aviation is also highlighting the Citation M2, which was recently certified by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, with the first delivery to a customer in region occurring late last year. With a maximum cruise speed of 404 knots true airspeed (460 miles per hour/748 kilometers per hour) and a range of 1,580 nautical miles (2,926 kilometers), the seven-passenger M2 offers non-stop capability from Melbourne to all of South Australia, New South Wales and most of Queensland. Other non-stop points include Brisbane to Adelaide or Cairns and Sydney to Christchurch.
The company is also featuring eight commercial aircraft at the Avalon Airport with its regional partners, Hawker Pacific and Aeromil Pacific. Beechcraft products on display include the King Air 350i, King Air C90GTx and Baron G58, while Cessna products include the Citation Sovereign, Citation Mustang, Grand Caravan and Stationair 206.
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. More information is available at www.bellhelicopter.com.
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit txtav.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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
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