New Onboard Systems EC130 Suspension System
to be Featured at HELI-EXPO 2008
Side view of the new EC130 suspension system
End view of the new EC130 suspension system
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Onboard Systems will be displaying its new cargo hook suspension system for the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft at this year's HELI-EXPO show. FAA certification is expected before the end of February 2008 and the new system is expected to be available for shipment later this summer. Onboard has also submitted this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

“EC130 operators who are interested in adding external lifting capabilities to their aircraft or replacing their existing cargo hook system will be very excited about our new cargo hook kit,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard Systems. “In addition to containing all the latest safety enhancements—including a gimbal frame, a protective bumper ring and a hydraulic cargo hook—the kit also includes a reliable Onboard Weighing System.”

Onboard’s innovative hydraulic hooks are designed to minimize the risk of inadvertent cargo releases caused by excessive movement during external load operations, which can activate an improperly rigged manual release cable on a cargo hook system. Hydraulic hook systems allow for simplified cable routing along the belly of the aircraft, and snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally dropping the cargo.

In addition to the hydraulic hook, the new EC130 suspension system features a unique gimbal frame that distributes weight between the four cables more effectively than a rigid frame to ensure balanced load sharing throughout the aircraft. The bumper ring and built-in travel limits protect the hook and control cables from damage, and the integrated weighing system improves safety, increases productivity and decreases repairs due to overstress and overload.

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