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Bell 525 Relentless Makes Successful First Flight

Published on: 2015-07-01 23:27:36

World’s first commercial fly-by-wire helicopter achieves highly
anticipated milestone

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the
successful first flight of the Bell
525 Relentless
. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter
took place at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.

Footage and images can be found here.

“The Bell 525 was announced at Heli-Expo in 2012, and we are proud to
have achieved this milestone. We have diligently executed our schedule
to design, develop, build and test the aircraft, and look forward to the
next phase of flight testing as we work towards certification,” said
Matt Hasik, executive vice president of commercial programs at Bell
Helicopter. “The marketplace has been awaiting the transformational
capabilities of the Bell 525 and we continue to see growing customer
demand from around the globe for this aircraft.”

The Bell 525 was designed with input from our Customer Advisory Panel as
an aircraft to meet future requirements for operational safety, payload
& range, cabin comfort and configuration and reliability. One of the
unique characteristics of the Bell 525 is the ability to perform CAT-A
takeoffs and landings, to and from a helipad at maximum gross weight.
Even in the event that one of the two engines fails, the Bell 525
provides sufficient power to maintain occupant safety while lifting off
with a single operational engine. With over 60 helicopters reserved
under letters of intent, the Bell 525 is designed to provide operators
and end users unmatched situational awareness and the ability to perform
a wide variety of missions under challenging weather conditions.

“The Bell 525 performed extremely well today,” said Troy Caudill, senior
flight test pilot at Bell Helicopter. “I am excited to be a part of the
development of this advanced aircraft and help define the future of
vertical lift.”

“The first flight test started with taxi testing and maneuvers and then
went into an initial hover, performing various hover maneuvers and then
tested low speed handling qualities with winds gusting to 20 knots,”
added Jeff Greenwood, senior flight test pilot at Bell Helicopter.

The Bell 525 is the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter
designed to operate safely and reliably in austere environments with
decreased pilot workload. The aircraft features the first
fully-integrated touch screen avionics suite designed for helicopters,
the Garmin G5000H®. Best-in-class payload, cabin, cargo
volumes, and passenger comfort complement the technological advancements
on the aircraft.

About Bell Helicopter
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, and Textron Systems. More information is available at

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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
orders; the efficacy of research and development investments to develop
new products or unanticipated expenses or delays 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 worldwide economic or political conditions that
impact demand for our products, interest rates or foreign exchange
rates; changes in government regulations or policies on the export and
import of our products; and performance issues with key suppliers,
subcontractors or business partners; and continued demand softness or
volatility in the markets in which we do business.

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