Pausing between each exclamation, the speaker said, “Wow! Wow. Wow. Seven!” That digit represents the number of new aircraft being developed simultaneously by Textron Inc., parent of Cessna, Beech and Bell Helicopter, among others. My quick and unscientific straw poll of industry veterans failed to identify any other airframer ever so ambitious. “Few companies have that many products in their line,” noted Brant Dahlfors, the former head of North American sales for ...

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