"China is facing an unprecedented demand for training, support and products as it moves to expand its aviation infrastructure," said John L. Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter. "According to recent forecasts, there is a projected need for as many as 2,000 helicopters in the coming decade, which will require thousands of trained professionals to fly and maintain these aircraft to standards. There is not only an opportunity to help create these jobs, but also ensure China has access to the best operational and technical training possible."
The Bell 429 and Bell 407GX have generated a great deal of interest throughout the world during their demonstration tours. The new Bell 407GX and Bell 429 will both be on display in corporate configuration at the trade exhibition at Airshow China. Bell Helicopter will also perform a limited number of demonstration flights on the Bell 429. Bell Helicopter aims to further amplify awareness of its industry-leading products and top ranked customer service and support at Airshow China.
"We are excited to be a part of Airshow China and highlight the commitments and investment we are making to position ourselves to serve this expanding market," said Garrison. "We are not only creating products that can handle the diverse range of terrain, climates and flying conditions across the region, but also making sure we can help keep China flying for decades to come."
About the Bell 429
The Bell Helicopter 429 is one of the most advanced light twin IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) helicopters ever developed. The 429 has set the standard for light twins, delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins. The 429 boasts a spacious cabin with 204ft3 (5.78m3) of usable volume, optional rear clam-shell doors and seating for 7 passengers and 1 crew.
About the Bell 407GX
Built on the success of the Bell 407, the 407GX is the only helicopter equipped with the innovative Garmin G1000H™ integrated glass flight deck, making it the most advanced light, single-engine rotorcraft on the market. The Garmin G1000H™ enhances mission awareness with HTAWS, TIS, moving map display and Garmin's Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSV™).
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.
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