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is a dynamic leader with exten- sive aviation expertise who will further position Bell Helicopter to deliver differentiated prod- ucts and service that exceed the expectations of our commercial customers throughout the world."

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Thimmesch will be responsible for leading Bell's commercial aircraft development - ensuring that the company's current and future products adhere to the strict requirements of the heli- copter industry by meeting cus- tomer's operational demands and cost targets. His responsibilities will also include the development of product upgrades as well as working with the Customer Support and Services team, led by Danny Maldonado, senior vice president customer support and chief services officer, on aircraft upgrade kits, refurbish- ment kits and co-production deliveries. Larry will report directly to Larry Roberts, Bell Helicopter's senior vice presi- dent of Commercial Business. Thimmesch comes to Bell Helicopter from Bombardier Learjet where he was program director, New Program Development, responsible for successfully leading the Learjet 85 program, including product and business strategy and mar- keting plans. He spent 14 years at Boeing Commercial Aircraft Co. as technical designer for the 747 passenger jet and new com- mercial and military programs. He has a master's degree in Business Administration from Newman University and a bach- elor's degree in Graphic Design from Missouri Southern University. ◆

Bell Helicopter Scores First Order for Bell 429 in China

Bell Helicopter has received its first 429 customer order in the People's Republic of China. The order was confirmed dur- ing the Bell 429 demonstration tour in Zhuhai, China on September 15, 2010.

Sold to Mr. Ren Jianjun, a prominent industrialist from Hebei province, this is the first Bell 429 scheduled for delivery in China. Mr. Ren, an aviation enthusiast and pilot, also owns and operates a Bell 206B-3 Jet Ranger.

Helping facilitate the pur- chase of the aircraft was Heliflite China. Headquartered with maintenance facilities in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, Heliflite China provides cus- tomers with purchasing support and operational assistance. "The Bell 429 was designed with a global mission scope, and is particularly well suited for the


multi-mission roles in the Asia Pacific region, and in particu- lar, China," said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president Commercial Business. "The 429 is truly a new force in the marketplace and will appeal to the discerning customer who is interested in reliability, per- formance and maintenance-cost containment. We are honored to partner with Mr. Ren and bring the first 429 to the People's Republic of China." Customer response to the 429 has been very positive and interest continues to build among potential buyers for its use in private operations, cor- porate transport and utility missions, emergency medical services and for civil govern- ment agencies. With its superior Category A capability, speed and versatility, spacious cabin, excellent main- tainability, and hot and high performance, the 429 sets the standard for 21st century air-

craft. The Bell 429 meets the latest requirements of Part 27 airworthiness rules, set in 2007, which are more stringent than the requirements, set a decade or more ago, under which competing light twins were certified.

Designed using the

Maintenance Steering Group 3 (MSG-3) process, the 429 is the only helicopter flying whose maintenance program is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada.

In August, the Bell 429 con- tinued its world tour in the Asia Pacific region with customer demonstrations in Australia, Hong Kong and China. More than 1,500 customers have experienced the 429's speed, performance and spacious cabin firsthand during the world tour, which is scheduled to continue later this year in Africa and the Middle East. ◆


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