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Bell 429 is certified by Transport Canada

July 2, 2009  By Corrie

phpmsllt3amJuly 1, 2009, Fort Worth, TX- Bell Helicopter has announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation of its Bell 429


July 1, 2009, Fort Worth, TX- Bell Helicopter has announced the certification by
Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its newest light twin engine
helicopter, the 429. Bell has also completed the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) certification requirements. First deliveries are
scheduled to begin this month.

"This is an outstanding helicopter and one that is really resonating
with our customers," said Dick Millman, president and CEO of Bell. "I
am extremely proud of the Bell team for the work they have done to
create the 429 and I believe this is just the start of many great
things we will see coming out of Bell Helicopter in the years to come."

"The 429 is the kind of product that will energize the marketplace,"
said Bob Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of Business Development and
Commercial Programs. "Its design makes it adaptable for different
market segments. Powered by two Pratt-Whitney Canada PW207D1 engines,
the 429 has a phenomenally smooth ride and a power-to-weight ratio 20%
greater than any helicopter in its class."

As part of the 429's development, Bell established multiple customer
advisory boards that were consulted throughout the design and
manufacturing phase to gather input on what they want in a light twin
engine helicopter. The result is a helicopter that meets or exceeds
every critical design element identified by the customer boards.


"We are delivering an aircraft that is absolutely on target for our
customers," said Neil Marshall, Bell's 429 program director. "We felt
it was critical to deliver on our promise and I'm proud to say we
didn't compromise."

With 30 percent greater cabin volume than any other competitor in
its class, Bell is confident that the 429 will be well received by the
market. In fact, since Bell first announced the 429, over 300 letters
of intent have been received making the 429 the most anticipated new
helicopter launched in recent history. Over the next several months
Bell will be working with its customers to convert these letters of
intent into firm binding orders.

"My organization will be ready from day one with the kind of
support, spares and services that the vertical lift industry has come
to expect from Bell Helicopter," said Danny Maldonado, senior vice
president of Customer Support and Chief Services Officer for Bell.

Bell is known throughout the industry as the premier provider of
customer support and service and has developed pilot and maintenance
training courses for the 429 to ensure its smooth introduction into the
operating community.



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