Bell Helicopters Announces New VIP BELL 407GX Customers and Deliveries

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced a new purchase agreement and multiple deliveries for new Bell 407GX aircraft configured for VIP transport. The company has reached a signed purchase agreement with Helicopter Flight Services (New York City, NY) for a new Bell 407GX helicopter and two new Bell 407GXs to be delivered to AngMar Aviation, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) and Rocky Mountain Rotors (Belgrade, Montana), where the aircraft will be used to support sightseeing tours, VIP transport and general charters throughout each company’s region. The three aircraft continue to demonstrate the capabilities of the Bell 407GX as an ideal solution for corporate and VIP services.“We are excited to see the Bell 407GX continue to win customers throughout the US,” said Anthony Moreland, Bell Helicopter’s managing director of North American sales. “The recent upgrades to the cockpit and cabin have given customers a safe, high-performance aircraft with the ability to transport customers and VIPs comfortably and efficiently throughout the nation.”

Helicopter Flight Services is a premier provider of helicopter services around Manhattan. The company offers tours, corporate charter services, aerial photography and video, and construction services. Helicopter Flight Services first started in 1985 with a Bell 206 Jet Ranger, and has remained a loyal Bell Helicopter customer throughout the years. The new aircraft will join their existing Bell 407 and Bell 427 aircraft fleet.

“We are loyal Bell customers, and are pleased with the overall technology and performance of the Bell 407 and 427,” said John Kjekstad, owner of Helicopter Flight Services, said. “The choice was easy when deciding to expand our fleet.”

AngMar Aviation is based in Mansfield, Texas and is a subsidiary of AngMar Companies. Their newly-delivered Bell 407GX will be based at Fort Worth’s Spinks Airport and will provide their customers the ability to travel in style with the new aircraft.

Rocky Mountain Rotors Montana is a full service helicopter charter, Part 141 mountain flight school, Part 133 external lift, and maintenance facility located at the Yellowstone International Bozeman Airport (KBZN) and is a service center for all models of Robinson Helicopters. Rocky Mountain Rotors Montana operates Bell 429, Bell 407, and Bell 206 helicopters in addition to its Robinson R22, R44 and R66 flight school aircraft.

“The Rocky Mountains of Montana are definitely helicopter county,” president and owner James Lee said. “Thanks to our past experiences operating Bell Helicopters, we chose the 407GX and look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

Built on the proven performance and reliability of the Bell 407 platform, the 407GX features the Garmin G1000H flight deck, providing critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and increased safety. The flight deck’s high resolution LCD screens host primary flight and multi-function display information, including Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System, Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology, Traffic Information Systems and more. The 407GX also features a tail rotor camera, allowing the pilot a clear view of the tail during take-offs and landings. The new customers will take advantage of the Bell 407GX’s exceptionally quiet and comfortable ride with spacious club seating that easily accommodates up to six passengers.


First Bell 407GX Delivered for Tourism

Fort Worth, Texas – Bell Helicopter announces the delivery of two 407GX aircraft to Helicopter Flight Services, Inc., a New York based company offering tours, charters, aerial photography, lift work and custom projects. Helicopter Flight Services is the first to operate a Bell 407GX in a sightseeing capacity.Helicopter Flight Services operates a fleet of five Bell 407 aircraft and two Bell 407GXs. John Kjekstad, owner of Helicopter Flight Services, opted for the 407GX Quiet Cruise kit to proactively address helicopter noise complaints from residents in New York. The Quiet Cruise kit reduces the external noise signature of the aircraft; the decrease in decibels results in a significant noise reduction to the human ear. A pioneer in the industry, Helicopter Flight Services is the only company to move forward with noise reduction technology in the area and the first tour company to operate a 407GX.

“The 407 and 407GX are both great ships. We chose to add two 407GXs because of the fantastic technology. The Garmin G1000HTM flight deck is user-friendly and is a big safety feature for us – we are able to see the New York traffic at a glance. Our clients love the 407GX and we could not be happier with it,” commented Kiekstad.

Helicopter Flight Services began in 1985 with a Bell 206 Jet Ranger. Over the years it has developed into the premier provider of helicopter services in New York, offering custom sightseeing, chartered trips, aerial photography and lifting.

“We are honored that Helicopter Flight Services has chosen the 407GX for its tours, charter flights and other business needs,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “With their range of services, Helicopter Flight Services demonstrates the capability and versatility of the 407GX. The addition of the Quiet Cruise kit reflects savvy decision-making and consideration of the community. We are happy to meet Helicopter Flight Services’ mission needs and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them,” added Maldonado.

Built on the success of the Bell 407, the 407GX is the only helicopter equipped with the Garmin G1000HTM integrated glass flight deck, making it the most advanced light, single-engine rotorcraft on the market. The glass flight deck provides pilots essential flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and safety, making the 407GX an ideal aircraft for an array of missions.

The 407GX includes a variety of operational features such as a choice of maximum internal gross weights, high main rotor clearance (8ft), excellent hover performance, powerful FADEC-controlled engine, comfortable seating for seven and optional Quiet Cruise kit. Blade fold capability, cargo hook and a host of OEM kits and customizing offerings make this aircraft ready for a variety of missions.

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. (NYSE: TXT) 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.


Helicopter Flight Services Buys More Bell 407s

HAI, Houston, Texas, (2008) — Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Helicopter Flight Services, Inc., of New York, N.Y., is adding two additional Bell model 407 helicopters to its fleet.These two new 407s will join two other 407s that the company took delivery of last fall, and a pre-owned 407 that the company acquired just last month.

“The response to the 407 has been fantastic”, said John Kjekstad, Vice-President and Director of Operations at Helicopter Flight Services. “It’s a fast and smooth aircraft that truly is the sports car of helicopters. Economically, it is the right solution for the market.”

“We have the only 407 available for charter in the New York City area and my clients just love the aircraft,” added Kjekstad. “It provides the luxury and speed the business traveler and executive is seeking, and at the right charter price. It just makes sense.”

Helicopter Flight Services operates out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, also known as the Wall Street Heliport. They have been operating in the New York area for 20 years, offering charter service and tours of New York City, as well as flight training and aerial photography.

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.


Bell Helicopter 407 Service from Wall Street Heliport

Helicopter Flight Services Announces Bell Helicopter 407 Service from Wall Street Heliport New York, NY (February 28, 2007)Topsy Taylor, CEO and John Kjekstad, Vice-President of Helicopter Flight Services, have announced that a Bell Helicopter 407 is now flying out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport also known as the Wall Street Heliport. Helicopter Flight Services is expecting to take delivery of two 407 helicopters this year and is currently leasing a Bell 407 to fill the interim need. This is the first time Wall Street has had a 407 primary operator in its base.

“The response to the 407 has been fantastic”, stated Kjekstad, “It’s a fast and smooth aircraft, that truly is the sports car of helicopters and economically, it is the right solution for the market. This is the only 407 available for charter in the New York City area and my clients just love the aircraft. It provides the luxury and speed the business traveler and executive is seeking, at the right charter price. It just makes sense.”

The aircraft provides a smooth, economical platform with excellent visibility for a beautiful New York City Tour, yet has attributes desired by business and executive travelers alike. Taylor added, “The increased helicopter speed and performance has allowed us to expand our service area and shorten flying times. The key ingredient to the success of the 407 is its reliability and the ability to save executives valued time. ”

Helicopter shuttle requests to and from the Hampton’s have increased dramatically and HFS will also begin a regular service to accommodate these demands. The services will commence Memorial Day Weekend and finish Labor Day Weekend. The flight will be sold by seat and Helicopter Flight Services is excited to start this new endeavor.

Helicopter Flight Services has been operating in the New York area for 20 years, offering charter and tours of New York City, as well as flight training and aerial photography.

For more information, schedules and rates, please contact Helicopter Flight Services at 1 (212) 355-0801 or visit their website at www.heliny.com.

Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor 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.

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