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March 18, 2004

NATA Testifies Before House Aviation Subcommittee

Jim Coyne Says Industry Is Being 'Stonewalled'

NATA president James K. Coyne testified Tuesday before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation, which conducted a Field Hearing at Signature Flight Support at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to examine re-opening the airport to general aviation operations. The hearing was chaired by Rep. John Mica (R-FL). Coyne was one of a panel of witnesses that included Acting TSA Administrator Adm. David Stone. In response to repeated questions directed at Stone from members of the Subcommittee about why the TSA had not yet developed a plan for general aviation access into DCA, Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) stated, "We keep getting the same stale answers from the TSA and they don't make any sense. We're not going to take

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Enstrom Helicopter Corp. Signs New Dealer

Sells 280FX At Heli-Expo 2004

During the last day of the HAI Expo 24, Enstrom Helicopter Corp. announced a new member of its worldwide dealership network and its newest owner of a 280FX. Tomlinson Aviation of Ormond Beach (FL), signed on to become Enstrom's seventh dealer. Tomlinson Aviation provides helicopter services to central Florida, including helicopter sales, service and training. The company is also an FAA approved 145 repair station for Schweizer, Robinson helicopters. In addition, they are an authorized Schweizer and Robinson parts distributor for the Southeast Region of the United States.

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LA Fire Department Adds Another Bell 412 To Fleet

Aircraft To Replace Older Helo

The helicopter-related news kept streaming from the floor of HAI Expo 2004, as the Los Angeles City Fire Department Air Operations Division announced will soon take delivery of a new Bell 412. The latest addition to the division's all-Bell fleet will enter into service this spring and replaces an older 412 currently in fire service. The aircraft is currently undergoing customization at Edwards & Associates, a Bell subsidiary specializing in helicopter completions.

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Bell Names Sole Sales Rep in Brazil

Taxi Aereo Marilia Gets Tapped

During the HAI Expo 2004, Bell Chief executive Officer, Mike Redenbaugh announced the selection of TAM Taxi Aereo Marilia S.A. as the sole sales representative for Bell Helicopter in Brazil. Just after the announcement TAM ordered a new Bell 427 IFR helicopter. TAM-Aereo Marilia is a part of the TAM Group, which also includes TAM airlines SA and TAM Transportes Aereos del Mercousur, with a total revenue of approximately US$1.35 billion in annual revenues. This agreement helps Bell tap into the seventh largest in the world.

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Raytheon Signs With Rockwell Collins Aviation Services

Companies Create Service And Support Agreement

Raytheon Aircraft Company has selected Rockwell Collins Aviation Services (CAS) to provide Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) support for aircraft operating under Raytheon’s Beechcraft and Hawker Support PLUS Maintenance Plan. CAS will provide Raytheon forward exchange for all Rockwell Collins equipment on Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft as part of the Support PLUS program.

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