Onboard Systems Unveils New Cargo Hook Suspension System for the AgustaWestland A109/119 Aircraft
Click to Enlarge | A109 Suspension System
Side view of the new AgustaWestland A109/119 Suspension System. Its clean, streamlined shape compliments the aesthetic lines of the aircraft and provides an optimized aerodynamic profile.
 
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Our A109/119 system contains a built-in stowage bracket that allows you to securely store the hook flat against the suspension system frame when not in use.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Onboard Systems introduced its new cargo hook suspension system for the AgustaWestland A109/119 helicopter models at the 2011 Heli-Expo Convention in Orlando, Florida. The new A109/119 system is pending FAA approval and is expected to be available for installation by the summer. EASA and Transport Canada approvals will be requested, once the FAA certification has been secured.

"Customers have been asking Onboard to develop an AgustaWestland A109/119 cargo hook suspension system for many years, so we are pleased to be able to offer this product now," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. "We visited many operators around the world to find out exactly what our customers wanted to see in a new system for this aircraft, and we believe that our new system provides all of the safety innovations and user-friendly features operators want to see in this type of product."

Onboard's A109/119 cargo hook suspension system features the TALON® LC Keeperless Hydraulic Cargo Hook, which offers the greatest level of load security available on the market. The system's clean, streamlined shape compliments the aesthetic lines of the aircraft and provides an optimized, aerodynamic profile. A built-in stowage bracket will allow operators to securely stow the hook flat against the suspension system frame when not in use. An optional Onboard Weighing System is also available to help operators determine the exact weight they are carrying.

And while Onboard's new A109/119 suspension system will debut with a single hook, it has been designed with the ability to mount two cargo hooks. Once certified, it is anticipated that this dual hook configuration will allow operators to perform human external cargo (HEC) operations. Operators who purchase the single hook configuration will be able to purchase the second hook kit to add to their system, as desired.