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Sky Yard Aviation Corporation Philippines Purchases Customized Bell 429 Helicopter

Singapore Airshow (February 20, 2024) - Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of a highly customized Bell 429 helicopter to Sky Yard Aviation Corporation in the Philippines. The delivery of this aircraft, completed at the end of 2023, brings the total number of Bell 429 helicopters operating in the Philippines to twelve.

This particular Bell 429 has been outfitted to Sky Yard's exact specifications, featuring custom paint and interiors with bespoke interior fittings tailored to meet their private aviation needs. The Bell 429 is Bell's latest light twin helicopter, equipped with a fully integrated glass cockpit for critical flight information at a glance, enhancing situational awareness and safety.

“Throughout the sales process, it was exciting to see the Sky Yard and Bell design teams collaboratively develop a unique aircraft incorporating the owner's tastes and sensibilities that also supported their business and lifestyle needs,” said Sameer Rehman, managing director, Asia Pacific. “The Philippines remains a key growth market for Bell and especially the Bell 429. We are proud to see Philippine corporations recognize the value the Bell 429 brings in terms of safety, reliability and comfort.”

“Bell’s user-friendly approach and long history working in the Philippine rotorcraft industry aided me in seamlessly designing our Bell 429. The Bell 429’s cutting edge technology coupled with Bell’s excellent customer service ensured a smooth process, cumulating in a helicopter that goes beyond expectations,” said Captain Louie Leonardo Ibarra, president, Sky Yard Aviation Corporation.

The Bell 429 is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. It also features a spacious cabin with extra-large side doors, as well as IFR capability for single or dual pilot operations.

With exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins from its fully integrated glass cockpit and advanced systems, the Bell 429 can be configured for executive/VIP transport, emergency medical services, law enforcement and utility operations. To date, over 450 Bell 429s have been delivered to customers worldwide.

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of advanced air mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

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, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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