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Bell Unveils New Twin at HAI (Feb. 7)

HELI-EXPO 2005, Anaheim, CA --- At a spectacular unveiling today Bell Helicopter chief executive officer Michael Redenbaugh introduced the all-new Bell 429 light twin helicopter.

In ceremonies before a large crowd Mr. Redenbaugh presented two complete mockups of the new aircraft. First was the wheeled corporate version followed by Emergency Medical Service version with a cavernous patient area.

Speaking of the newly introduced and named GlobalRanger, Mr. Redenbaugh said, “The new Bell 429 represents many things to the market place. First it is simply the benchmark for the light twin segment. Second it epitomizes the new Bell’s dedication to listening to our customers. Third it is the first of many Bell products that will begin incorporating new technologies we have been developing the last several years,”

He continued, “The Bell 429 contains nine new MAPL technologies. The most visible is the MAPL cabin. It is huge! It will provide our customers a tremendous range of options. We are able to do this because we accelerated the introduction of some of our MAPL technology by three years. It is the basis of our responding to our customer requirements for now and the future. With the Bell 429 we are accelerating the introduction of the next generation product line by incorporating the MAPL cabin with the 427i announced last year.”

Plans call for the first Bell 429 deliveries in first half of 2007.

The 429 program is a collaborative program involving foreign investors from around the world.

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New Bell 429 Light Twin Unveiled