The Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) of Brazil has certified the Onboard Systems Swing Suspension System for the Eurocopter AS350 for use in Brazil. Two Certificado de Homologacao Suplementar de Tipos (CHST) were issued for the product: 2007S04-11, which covers use on the Eurocopter AS350-B, and 2007S04-12, which covers use on the Eurocopter AS350-BA, B1, B2 and B3 models.
“The Onboard Systems Swing Suspension System offers many safety and design improvements over other equipment options, so we are pleased that our customers in Brazil will now be able to use this equipment for their hook operations work,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Our system features an innovative bumper ring and travel limits, which eliminates the risk of damage to the cargo hook and control cables that could lead to an inadvertent release.”
With hundreds of units in operation worldwide, the Onboard Systems Swing Suspension System for the Eurocopter AS350 has a proven track record of safety and reliability. It provides operators with easier installation by moving the install points to the landing gear clamps, rather than using the more complex fuel cell saddle installation procedure used by the OEM system. It comes with a choice of a TALON™ LC Keeperless or Hydraulic cargo hook, and operators can also opt for an integrated Onboard Weighing System to reduce the risk of overload airframe stress.