Onboard Systems Company News http://www.onboardsystems.com The latest from Onboard Systems en-us Copyright (C) 2018 onboardsystems.com <![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives 2017 Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award]]> Boeing Awards

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced it received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for quality and on-time delivery for the tenth consecutive year. The Boeing Company issues BPEA awards annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Onboard Systems maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017. For the year 2017, Boeing recognized 327 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Onboard Systems is one of only 72 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition. 

“Onboard Systems is committed to providing our customers with excellent cargo hook equipment and customer service,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Receiving our tenth consecutive BPEA confirms that we are meeting our targeted goals to consistently provide high-quality aerospace products to our customers on schedule.”

Onboard Systems supplies external load equipment to Boeing for the V-22 Osprey program. The company has received this BPEA in recognition of its ability to consistently manufacture high-quality cargo hooks and deliver them on time, in accordance to a contracted schedule.

About Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low ongoing maintenance costs. Onboard Systems maintains a rigorous quality management system (QMS) designed to meet or exceed the strict requirements of AS9100 Revision D, ISO 9001:2008, helicopter airframe manufacturers, and the FAA. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington.

About the Boeing Performance Excellence Award

For more information on the Boeing Supplier of the Year Awards and Boeing Performance Excellence Awards, visit the Boeing website.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/114 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/114
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems SA332/Super Puma Onboard Weighing System Certified by FAA & EASA]]> press release

Onboard Systems today announced that its Onboard Weighing System for the  SA332 Super Puma aircraft has been STC certified by the FAA and EASA. Onboard has also submitted this system to Transport Canada for certification.

Super Puma load cell
P/N 200-012-00 Model E-54 Onboard Weighing System for the Airbus Helicopters SA332 (Super Puma) aircraft

Heli Austria GmbH was the launch customer for this project, purchasing six units for their fleet. According to Roy Knaus, President of Heli Austria, “We were pleased to work with Onboard Systems to expedite the development of this weighing system for the Super Puma, as we wanted to have a common system on all of our aircraft. We have experienced reduced lead times and cost with their equipment over the years, and look forward to the recording capabilities in the new C-40 Cockpit Indicator.”

Onboard Weighing Systems are a compliment to a helicopter’s external lifting system. They display the weight of the load being carried on the primary belly hook and consist of three components: the cockpit-mounted indicator, the internal harness, and the load cell. A quick glance at the indicator instantly provides pilots with the exact weight of the cargo being lifted, reducing the risk of overload airframe stress and allowing them to make more informed aircraft loading decisions.

Onboard’s newly certified E-54 weighing system (P/N 200-012-00) for the Airbus Helicopters SA332 (Super Puma) aircraft is approved for use on the AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 models.

For more information on these products, please visit the product page.

 

 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/113 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/113
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems to Showcase New Products at the 2018 HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada]]> press release

Onboard Systems today announced the list of new products it will be displaying at the 2018 Heli-Expo, to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center February 27th through March 1st. “We are very excited to demonstrate these products to our customers at this year’s Heli-Expo,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Onboard Systems. “The Heli-Expo attracts helicopter operators from around the world, and we are pleased that our customers will have a chance to see these new products in person, ask questions, and find out more information.”

Bell 206L and Bell 407 Secondary Hardpoint Kits

Onboard will be displaying its new Secondary Hardpoint Kits for the Bell 206L (P/N 200-440-00) and the Bell 407 (P/N 200-441-00) aircraft for the first time at this year’s Heli-Expo. These kits provide an STC-certified solution to meet requirements for a secondary hook, which can utilized Onboard’s signature TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook or a three-ring release system. Potential applications include high-value cargo transport, utility line work, short haul, and Search & Rescue (CFR Part 133 Operations).

Blackhawk Replacement Cargo Hook Kit

Onboard Systems has designed two replacement cargo hook kits for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk that feature a dual solenoid design to eliminate the need for high-cost Cartridge Activated Devices (CADs) for back-up release functionality. The new Black Hawk kits will also include Onboard’s Surefire® Release Technology, which places an integrated electronic circuit inside the cargo hook to provide about a half-second delay from when the primary electrical release button is pressed until the hook opens. This helps guard against inadvertent releases by requiring a firm, half-second press of the hook release button. With a rated load capacity of 9,000 lb. (4,082 kg), the keeperless hook design eliminates dynamic rollout potential. The new kits include the TALON MC Cargo Hook Replacement Kit (P/N 200-437-00) and the TALON MC Cargo Hook Replacement Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-438-00). FAA STC certification is expected in 2018.

C-40 Cockpit Indicator (for Onboard Weighing Systems)

The C-40 model (P/N 210-293-00) builds on the legacy of its predecessor, the C-39, and has been designed from the ground up to incorporate several new, operator-requested features using advanced microcontroller technology to measure and display the cargo weight. It simplifies hook TBO tracking with an “Hours of External Load” meter that records time against the hook time between overhaul schedule. In addition to a full digit display, it includes an analog bar display to provide at-a-glance visual feedback as maximum load is approached. FAA STC certification is expected in 2018.

For more information on these products, please visit the Onboard Systems website.

 

 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/111 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/111
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Awarded Contract for AW139 HEC Secondary Hook Kits by Leonardo Helicopters]]> press release

Onboard Systems today announced that it has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide a backup HEC (Human External Cargo) hook system for the Leonardo Helicopters AW139. The backup hook system can be added onto the primary cargo hook system for new and existing AW139 aircraft to enable HEC operations in utility, search and rescue, personnel insertion and extraction, and other missions.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to develop another backup HEC hook system with Leonardo Helicopters,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Onboard Systems. “We are hard at work with Leonardo on systems for the AW169 and AW101 aircraft, and look forward to providing HEC-certified Onboard cargo hook equipment to AW139 operations for their HEC missions.”

The AW139 backup cargo hook system will feature Onboard’s TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, which will allow for flexible rigging of the hook control cables around the primary hook system while effectively reducing inadvertent cargo releases.

About Leonardo

Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. As a single entity from January 2016, organised into seven business divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), in 2016 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of 12 billion Euros and has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/112 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/112
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Robinson R44 Raven II Cargo Hook Kits with Surefire Option Certified by FAA]]> Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter

TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System
(P/N 200-327-11)

Onboard Systems announced that its cargo hook kits with Surefire® release technology for the Robinson Helicopter R44 Raven II aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button, guarding against inadvertent load loss resulting from accidental contact with the release button during flight.

“The R44 Raven II models are widely used by our customers for training and external load work missions, so it was important that we add the Surefire release technology into these popular kits,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Surefire provides significant load safety advantages, so it’s a great benefit to be able to introduce the technology to pilots who are learning how to fly external load missions, as well as seasoned pilots, as so many operators fly these aircraft outside of training.”

Onboard’s Robinson R44 Raven II kits are built around the latest-generation TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, which is designed to handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing loads that might inadvertently slide past the keeper. An optional Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit gives pilots the ability to release loads from the cockpit.

The newly certified Surefire cargo hook kits for the Robinson R44 Raven II include the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit (P/N 200-327-10) and the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-327-11). In addition to offering the Surefire release technology option on new equipment, Onboard Systems can upgrade existing equipment for select models of certified cargo hooks at the factory during overhauls or upon request. Upgrade kits will also be available for operators who can perform this work in house or through a local service facility. Please contact us for more information. 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/110 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/110
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kits with Surefire Option Certified by FAA]]> Robinson R66

Onboard Systems International, Inc. today announced that its cargo hook kits with Surefire® release technology for the Robinson Helicopter R66 aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button, guarding against inadvertent load loss resulting from accidental contact with the release button during flight.

TALON LC Keeperless Surefire Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-381-10)
TALON LC Keeperless Surefire Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-381-10)

“The Robinson R66 is a popular new aircraft with our external load customers, so we’re excited to be able to offer our Surefire release technology on these cargo hook kits,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The extra load security that Surefire provides offers a significant advantage between our cargo hook kits and competing products on the market.”

Onboard’s Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kits are built around the latest-generation TALON® Keeperless Cargo Hook, which is designed to handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing loads that might inadvertently slide past the keeper. Other safety features include a rugged mount point with quadruple shear joint to ensure torsional strength, the best available ground clearance from the lowest hanging point of the cargo hook (10.5 in. / 27 cm), and a lock indicator window to give the ground crew an easy visual confirmation that the hook is locked.

The optional Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit gives pilots the ability to release loads from the cockpit, while the Onboard Weighing System helps to show the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook. Onboard’s weighing system for the Robinson R66 uses state-of-the-art pin load cell technology to increase ground clearance by replacing the main attach bolt instead of mounting as a separate link above the hook, providing easier cable routing and lower system weight.

The newly certified Surefire cargo hook kits for the Robinson R66 include the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit (P/N 200-380-10) and the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-381-10). In addition to offering the Surefire release technology option on new equipment, Onboard Systems can upgrade existing equipment for select models of certified cargo hooks at the factory during overhauls or upon request. Upgrade kits will also be available for operators with the capabilities to perform this work in house or through a local service facility. Please contact us for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/109 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/109
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Robinson R44 Raven II Cargo Hook Kit Certified by JCAB for use in Japan]]> Robinson R44 Raven II

P/N 200-327-00
P/N 200-327-00: Robinson R44 Raven II TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook kit

Onboard Systems International, Inc. today announced that its cargo hook kit for the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft has been certified for use in Japan by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). This featherweight cargo hook kit is built around Onboard's TALON® LC Keeperless Cargo Hook and provides excellent ground clearance, with built-in travel limits to protect the airframe and cargo hook release cables from accidental damage.

"Onboard's cargo hook kits enable operators to equip their Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft for external load operations," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems." We are excited that our customers in Japan will now have the ability to install this equipment and expand the types of missions they can undertake with this aircraft."

The newly certified cargo hook kit for the R44 Raven II (P/N 200-327-00) features Onboard's signature TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, which handles a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently gets past the keeper. The kit weighs in at just over five pounds (5.3 lb. / 2.27 kg) and is certified for lifting up to 800 pounds (363 kg). Once installed, the kit extends only seven inches from the aircraft fuselage, ensuring ample ground clearance when landing at remote sites.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/108 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/108
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Malaysian Certification for Airbus Helicopters H120 (EC120), MD Helicopters 600N, and Robinson R44 Cargo Hook Kits]]> EC130 External Load

Onboard Systems International, Inc. today announced that several of its cargo hook kits have been certified for use in Malaysia by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) on a variety of aircraft models, including the Airbus H120/EC120, the MD Helicopters 600N, and the Robinson R44 and Raven II aircraft. Validation letters were issued for the installation of Onboard Systems cargo hook equipment covered under FAA STCs SR00525SE, SR00892SE, SR01795SE, and SR01808SE.

TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook
TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook (front and back views)

“We’re excited to receive these first certifications for Onboard’s cargo hook equipment in Malaysia,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The approved equipment will make it possible for our Malaysian operators to install external load equipment on their helicopters and take on external load missions using the latest safety technologies available.”

The newly certified cargo hook kits for the Robinson R44 Raven II include the TALON® LC Keeperless Hook Kit (P/N 200-327-00) and the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-327-01). Optional upgrade kits approved for the Robinson R44 Raven II include the Model E-83 Pin-Style Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-340-00) and the Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit (P/N 200-396-00). In addition, the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit (P/N 200-326-00) for the Robinson R44 aircraft (12 volt) was also approved.

The TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook Kit (P/N 200-308-00) was approved for use on the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120 aircraft. For the MD Helicopters 600N, the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit (P/N 200-264-02) and the Cargo Hook Attach Point Kit (P/N 200-231-03) were approved for use in Malaysia.

With thousands of units in operation worldwide, Onboard’s cargo hook kits have a long and proven track record of safety and reliability. Trade-in credits for upgrading from older equipment are available; please contact Onboard Systems for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/107 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/107
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems BO105 Cargo Hook Kits with Surefire Option Certified by FAA]]> BO105 cargo hook
Replacement TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook Kit with Surefire release technology (P/N 200-302-10)

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its hydraulic cargo hooks with Surefire® release technology have been STC certified by the FAA for the Airbus Helicopters BO105 aircraft. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button, guarding against inadvertent load loss resulting from accidental contact with the release button during flight.

According to Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems, “Onboard is committed to offering our Surefire release technology on as many cargo hook systems as possible, due to the extra load security that Surefire provides. The combination of our hydraulic cargo hooks—which of themselves provide significant protection against inadvertent load releases—along with our Surefire technology provides BO105 operators with the maximum level of load safety available today.”

Excessive movement during external load operations can unintentionally activate an improperly rigged manual release cable on a cargo hook system, causing an inadvertent release of the load. Onboard's hydraulic cargo hook kits only open the hook when the pilot activates the release system—snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally dropping the cargo.

The newly certified Surefire cargo hook kits for the BO105 include the Replacement TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kits for aircraft previously fitted with Breeze/ERC hooks (P/N 200-302-10) and Siren hooks (P/N 200-387-10). For operators who want a load weighing option, the Surefire Replacement TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kits with Onboard Weighing System for aircraft previously fitted with Breeze/ERC hooks (P/N 200-303-10) and Siren hooks (P/N 200-388-10) are also certified by the FAA. An integrated Onboard Weighing System allows pilots to instantly know the exact weight of the cargo on the hook to maximize load efficiency while reducing airframe stress.

In addition to offering the Surefire release technology option on new equipment, Onboard Systems can upgrade existing equipment for select models of certified cargo hooks at the factory during overhauls or upon request. Upgrade kits will also be available for operators with the capabilities to perform this work in house or through a local service facility. Please contact us for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/106 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/106
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Cargo Hook Kits for the Bell 206 A&B Receive EASA Certification]]> Bell 206 A&B cargo hook

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook suspension kits and replacement hook kits for the Bell 206 A&B aircraft have received certification from EASA. Onboard has already received FAA and Transport Canada certification for these cargo hook systems.

TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-390-00)
TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-390-00)

“The wait is finally over for all the European operators who’ve wanted to install Onboard’s cargo hook equipment on their JetRangers,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “These cargo hook systems and replacement hook kits provide optimal external load mission performance, and they are easy to use and maintain.”

The newly certified cargo hook suspension system kits for the Bell 206 A&B include the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit (P/N 200-268-01) and the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-269-03), which uses Onboard’s pin load cell technology. The pin load cell mounts to one side of the hook by replacing the connecting bolt, rather than attaching as a separate link above the hook. This increases ground clearance by eliminating extra linkage, while still allowing the pilot to know the exact weight of the load.

The replacement hook kits include the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit (P/N 200-267-02) and the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-390-00). Onboard recently redesigned the universal link for its JetRanger replacement hook kits to have fewer parts, less linkages, and integrated travel stops for improved safety and ground clearance.

In addition to the cargo hook kits and replacement hook kits, a Pin Load Cell Upgrade Kit (P/N 200-389-00) is also available for operators wishing to add an Onboard Weighing System to an existing cargo hook system. The Pin Load Cell upgrade kit is certified by the FAA, Transport Canada, and now EASA.

Please contact us for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/105 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/105
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kits with Surefire Option Certified by FAA]]> Bell 407

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the Bell 407 aircraft featuring their Surefire release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire® circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button, guarding against inadvertent releases caused by accidental contact with the release button during flight.

TALON LC Keeperless Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-259-02)
TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Fixed Provisions and Onboard Weighing System with 28VDC backlighting (P/N 200-413-10)

“Based on customer request, we are continuing to roll out our Surefire release technology across our entire line of our cargo hook kits,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The Bell 407 is extremely popular with our external load customers, which is why we have so many cargo hook kit options available for this aircraft. We’re pleased to now be able to offer our customers the extra load security that our Surefire release technology provides.”

The newly certified Surefire cargo hook kits for the Bell 407 include the TALON LC Keeperless Hook Kit (P/N 200-329-10), the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Fixed Provisions (P/N 200-412-10), the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Fixed Provisions and Onboard Weighing System with 28VDC backlighting (P/N 200-413-10), and the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Fixed Provisions and Onboard Weighing System with 5VDC backlighting (P/N 200-413-11). In addition to offering the Surefire release technology option on new equipment, Onboard Systems can upgrade existing equipment for select models of certified cargo hooks at the factory during overhauls or upon request. Upgrade kits will also be available for operators with the capabilities to perform this work in house or through a local service facility. Please contact us for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/104 Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/104
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Cargo Hook Kits for the Bell 206L Receive EASA Certification]]> Bell 206LExternal Load

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook suspension kits for the Bell 206L aircraft have received certification from EASA. Onboard has already received FAA and Transport Canada certification for these cargo hook systems.

TALON LC Keeperless Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-259-02)
TALON LC Keeperless Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-259-02)

“We’re pleased to be able to respond to requests for certification from our European customers who want to install Onboard’s cargo hook equipment on their Bell 206L aircraft,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “These cargo hook systems are designed to provide pilots with optimal external load mission performance while using this aircraft.”

The parabolic ramp design in Onboard’s Bell 206L suspension assembly gradually decelerates the rolling trolley to minimize side-to-side impact of the load when the helicopter is in motion. Built-in travel limits keep the hook from striking the airframe and relieve strain on the hook control cables. These low-weight systems are designed for fast installation and removal in the field using ordinary hand tools.

The newly certified cargo hook suspension system kits for the Bell 206L include the TALON LC Keeperless Hook Kit (P/N 200-258-01) and the TALON LC Keeperless Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-259-02), which uses Onboard’s pin load cell technology. The pin load cell mounts to one side of the hook by replacing the connecting bolt, rather than attaching as a separate link above the hook. This increases ground clearance by eliminating extra linkage, while still allowing the pilot to know the exact weight of the load. Please contact us for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/103 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/103
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems MD500 Cargo Hook Kits with Surefire Release Technology Receive FAA Certification]]> MD500 External Load

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the MD Helicopters MD500 aircraft featuring their Surefire release technology.

MD500 Cargo Hook Kit with Surefire
TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-379-10)

Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire® circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button, guarding against inadvertent releases caused by accidental contact with the release button during flight.

 

“We first introduced the Surefire release technology on our non-rotating medium Bell cargo hook kits, and then rolled it out to some of our Airbus Helicopter kits last year,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Customer requests for the Surefire release option continue to come in for other aircraft, so we are in the process of rolling out this technology to more and more cargo hook kits.”

The newly certified Surefire cargo hook kits for the MD500 include the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit (P/N 200-378-10), the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-379-10) and the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System and NVG backlight (P/N 200-379-11). In addition to offering the Surefire release technology option on new equipment, Onboard Systems can upgrade existing equipment for select models of certified cargo hooks at the factory during overhauls or upon request. Upgrade kits will also be available for operators with the capabilities to perform this work in house or through a local service facility. Please contact us for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/102 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/102
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Awarded Contract for AW169 and AW101 HEC Secondary Hook Kits by Leonardo Helicopters]]> AW169 External Load

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide backup HEC (Human External Cargo) hook systems for the AgustaWestland AW169 and AW101 aircraft. The backup hooks can be added onto the primary cargo hook system for new and existing AW169 and AW101 aircraft to enable HEC operations in utility, search and rescue, personnel insertion and extraction, and other missions.

TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook Kit
TALON LC Hydraulic Hook

“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with Leonardo to add HEC capabilities for these aircraft,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Onboard Systems. “Many operators have expressed an interest in using Onboard’s equipment for HEC missions, so we are pleased to be able to be working with Leonardo to add HEC-certified cargo hook equipment to these aircraft.”

For the AW169, the backup cargo hook system will feature Onboard’s TALON® LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, which will allow for flexible rigging of the release line around the primary hook system while effectively reducing inadvertent cargo releases. The AW101 backup cargo hook system will feature the fast-rope version of Onboard’s TALON LC Cargo Hook, which is currently in use on the AW101.

About Leonardo
Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defense, and Security and is Italy’s main industrial company. As a single entity from January 2016, organized into seven business divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defense Electronics; Defense Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), at 31 December 2016 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of 12 billion Euros and has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK and the U.S.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/101 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/101
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives 2016 Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award]]> Boeing Awards

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced it has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for quality and on-time delivery for the ninth consecutive year. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Onboard Systems maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016.

For the year 2016, Boeing recognized 480 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Onboard Systems is one of only 78 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition.

“Onboard Systems is committed to providing our customers with excellent cargo hook equipment and customer service,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Receiving this kind of recognition from Boeing year after year demonstrates our ability to consistently deliver well-made products in a timely manner, and gives us even more encouragement to keep working hard to meet our customer’s goals and objectives.”

Onboard Systems supplies external load equipment to Boeing for the V-22 Osprey program. The company has received this BPEA in recognition of its ability to consistently manufacture high-quality cargo hooks and deliver them on time, in accordance to a contracted schedule.

About the Boeing Performance Excellence Award
For more information on the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, visit the Boeing website.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/100 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/100
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives 2015 Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award]]> press release

Boeing Performance Excellence RewardOnboard Systems announced it has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for quality and on time delivery that for the seventh consecutive year. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Onboard Systems maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015.

This year, Boeing recognized 530 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Onboard Systems is one of only 107 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition.

“Onboard Systems is committed to providing our customers with excellent cargo hook equipment and customer service,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Receiving this kind of recognition from Boeing year after year demonstrates our ability to consistently deliver well-made products in a timely manner.”

Onboard Systems supplies external load equipment to Boeing for the V-22 Osprey program. The company has received this BPEA in recognition of its ability to consistently manufacture high-quality cargo hooks and deliver them on time, in accordance to a contracted schedule.

About Onboard Systems
Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low ongoing maintenance costs. Onboard Systems maintains a rigorous quality management system (QMS) designed to meet or exceed the strict requirements of AS9100 Revision C, ISO 9001:2008, helicopter airframe manufacturers, and the FAA. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington.

About the Boeing Performance Excellence Award
For more information on the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, visit the Boeing website.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/99 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/99
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems AS350 Hydraulic Swing Cargo Hook Kits with Surefire Option Certified by FAA and Transport Canada]]> press release

AS350 TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook Swing KitOnboard Systems International, Inc., today announced that its Surefire™ hydraulic cargo hook swing system kits for the Airbus AS350 (H125) helicopter have been STC certified by the FAA and Transport Canada. Onboard has also submitted these systems to EASA for certification in Europe. These cargo hook kits are the first to offer Onboard’s new Surefire cargo hook release technology for the TALON® LC Keeperless hook class. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button, guarding against inadvertent releases caused by accidental contact with the release button during flight.

“We introduced the Surefire release technology on our non-rotating medium Bell cargo hook kits last year, and since then we’ve had a number of customer requests to add this option to our light-class cargo hook kits,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “We are only just beginning to roll out the Surefire release technology across our product lines, and will continue to make this option available to more and more cargo hook kits in the months and years ahead.”

In addition to offering the Surefire release technology option on new equipment, Onboard Systems can upgrade existing equipment for select models of certified cargo hooks at the factory during overhauls or upon request. Upgrade kits will also be available for operators with the capabilities to perform this work in house or through a local service facility. Please contact us for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/97 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/97
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit for the Robinson R44 Raven II Certified by FAA and Transport Canada]]> press release

Remote Hook Electrical Release SwitchOnboard Systems announced that its new Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit for the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft has been STC certified by the FAA and Transport Canada. Onboard has also submitted this kit to EASA for certification in Europe.

Onboard’s Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit gives your pilot the ability to release a load that’s attached to an Onboard Systems remote hook. The kit provides all of the fixed electrical provisions needed for pilot activation of a remote cargo hook, including a cyclic mounted release switch, circuit breaker, relay, wiring, and a standard electrical connector for attaching a longline connector.

“Many operators have told us that they’ve had to cobble together their own release switch for their remote hook, and then try to get it certified,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Our new Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit provides a certified option that’s easy to buy and install.”

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/96 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/96
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kits Receive Brazilian ANAC Certification]]> press release

Robinson R66 cargo hook kit Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its cargo hook kits for the Robinson R66 aircraft have been certified for use in Brazil by the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC). A Certificado de Homologacao Suplementar de Tipos (CHST) was issued for the cargo hook kits. Onboard has already received FAA, Transport Canada, and EASA certification for these kits.

“We’re pleased to be able to respond to the requests for certification from our Brazilian customers who want to install Onboard’s cargo hook equipment on their Robinson R66 aircraft,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Onboard’s cargo hook system for the R66 includes many of our latest safety developments, and we look forward to helping our customers put this equipment into service for their external load work missions worldwide.”

Onboard’s Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit is built around the latest-generation TALON® Keeperless Cargo Hook, which is designed to handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing loads that might inadvertently slide past the keeper. Other safety features include a rugged mount point with quadruple shear joint to ensure torsional strength, the best available ground clearance from the lowest hanging point of the cargo hook (10.5-IN / 27-CM), and a lock indicator window to give the ground crew an easy visual confirmation that the hook is locked.

The optional Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit gives pilots the ability to release loads from the cockpit, while the Onboard Weighing System helps to show the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook. Onboard’s weighing system for the Robinson R66 uses state-of-the-art pin load cell technology to increase ground clearance by replacing the main attach bolt instead of mounting as a separate link above the hook, providing easier cable routing and lower system weight.

Onboard’s Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit comes with all the fixed and  removable provisions needed for installation. It includes the cargo hook, attach point, manual and electrical release cables, plus the optional Onboard Weighing System and Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit, if ordered. As with all Onboard cargo hooks, maintenance and overhauls can be performed at the factory, by a qualified repair facility, or by the operator in the field using simple hand tools.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/95 Sun, 13 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/95
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems to Display New Bell 505 TALON Cargo Hook System Advanced Prototype at the 2016 Heli-Expo Show in Louisville, Kentucky, March 1-3rd]]> press release

Bell 505 Cargo Hook Suspension System from Onboard SystemsOnboard Systems is in the final development stages for the cargo hook system it will be offering for the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft. Built around Onboard’s safety-forward TALON® LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, the latest-generation prototype will be on display in the Onboard Systems booth at the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

The STC kits for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft will include many of the cutting-edge technologies that operators have come to expect from Onboard Systems equipment. The low-profile system is designed to provide excellent ground clearance, and can be removed quickly from the aircraft without the use of tools, and with no loose parts to manage. The TALON LC Hydraulic Hook greatly increases load security by using a hydraulic release mechanism instead of a traditional manual release cable, and built-in travel limits for the forward, aft and lateral directions will prevent damage to aircraft and control cables.

Onboard's Bell 505 cargo hook kits can also be configured with the new Surefire™ Release Technology. An integrated electronic circuit is added inside the cargo hook, which provides about a half-second release delay from when the electrical release button is pressed until the hook opens to help guard against inadvertent releases. In addition, the Onboard Weighing System option will help your pilot know the exact weight of the load. Our pin load cell simply replaces the attach bolt, eliminating extra linkage for improved ground clearance.

Onboard Systems looks forward to welcoming customers in their Heli-Expo booth (#11144) and giving them an opportunity to view the Bell 505 Cargo Hook equipment.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/92 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/92
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems to Demo New TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System at the Heli-Expo Show in Louisville, Kentucky, March 1-3, 2016]]> press release

TALON Auto-Loc Cargo HookOnboard Systems will be showcasing its newest remote cargo hook, the TALON® Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System, at the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo Show in Louisville, Kentucky, with an interactive display. Designed to enable helicopter pilots to pick up unattended loads, the TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System consists of two components: an Auto-Loc cargo hook (which is suspended from the belly of the helicopter on a longline) and a target (which is attached to a pre-rigged load). The helicopter pilot slings the Auto-Loc Cargo Hook down onto the target to automatically lock the pair together, then lifts the load for transport.

The booth demonstration exhibit will allow visitors to simulate moving the TALON Auto-Loc cargo hook over the top of a target to lock them together for take-off. The hands-on nature of the display will help demonstrate how the design of the two pieces facilitates successful pairing, helping customers get a better idea of how useful the new remote hook system could be in a variety of situations.

The TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System is ideally suited for picking up loads in remote locations, such as drill equipment used for mining. For example, if flying conditions aren’t favorable on a particular day, the ground crew can still rig the loads and move onto their next project, and the helicopter can fly in at another time to pick up the cargo.

Onboard Systems looks forward to welcoming customers in their Heli-Expo booth (#11144) and giving them an opportunity to try out the new TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/91 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/91
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Indian Certification for Airbus Helicopters AS350 Replacement Cargo Hook Kit]]> press release

TALON LC Keeperless Cargo HookOnboard Systems International, Inc., announced that its replacement cargo hook kit for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 aircraft has been certified for use in India by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). A letter of acceptance was issued for the installation of Onboard Systems cargo hook equipment covered under FAA STC SR00886SE for use on the AS350B, AS350BA, AS350D, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, and H125 model helicopters.

“We’re pleased to be able to respond to the requests for certification from our Indian customers who want to install Onboard’s cargo hook equipment on this aircraft,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The AS350 is one of the most popular aircraft for external loadwork missions, and our safety-enhanced and cost-effective cargo hook replacement kit will enable our Indian operators to replace their older, outdated cargo hooks with the latest safety technologies.”

With thousands of units in operation worldwide, Onboard’s cargo hook kits have a long and proven track record of safety and reliability. This particular AS350 replacement cargo hook kit enables operators to retrofit their existing OEM swing frame with Onboard’s signature TALON® LC Keeperless Cargo Hook. The advanced technology built into this cargo hook allows it to work with a variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently slides past the keeper. A trade-in credit may also be available; please contact Onboard Systems for more information.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/93 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/93
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Approaches Final Production Milestone for its New TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System]]> press release

TALON Auto-Loc Cargo HookOnboard Systems today announced that its latest remote cargo hook, the TALON® Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System, has completed prototype testing and is moving into production. Onboard will be demoing the new system at the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo Show in Louisville, Kentucky, using an interactive display.

Designed to enable helicopter pilots to pick up unattended loads, the TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System consists of two components: an Auto-Loc cargo hook (which is suspended from the belly of the helicopter on a longline) and a target (which is attached to a pre-rigged load). The helicopter pilot slings the Auto-Loc cargo hook down onto the target to automatically lock the pair together, then lifts the load for transport. The pilot can release the load by either setting it down on the ground or releasing it in air. No ground crew needs to be present during the loading/unloading operations.

“We started this project in response to customer requests for a cargo retrieval system that would allow helicopter pilots to pick up pre-rigged, unattended loads,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “We surveyed our customer base in our newsletter, The Hook, to make sure that we understood exactly what they wanted so we could develop the safest, most user-friendly system possible to meet their needs.”

Feedback from the customer survey revealed that the TALON Auto-Loc system would need to be able to work with a wide variety of aircraft, supporting loads up to 6,000 LB (2,722 KG). In addition, customers wanted to give their pilots the ability to either set the load down on the ground or release loads while airborne. Finally, the total cost for the complete system would need to come in under $10,000 USD.

Folding TargetSince the cargo hook component would be attached to a longline and suspended under the belly of an aircraft, it needed to be heavy enough to remain steady while lowering it down onto the target, but not too heavy for a single person to handle while attaching it to a longline on the ground. Onboard’s goal was to keep this component under 50-LB (22.7-KG), since the OSHA single man lift guidelines recommend that most people shouldn’t try to lift more than that by themselves.

The target component would need to be easy to spot from above and very stable, remaining upright even if the cargo hook cage bumps against it as the pilot maneuvers over the target latching device. Since the target would need to be pre-rigged to the cargo by the ground crew, it would also need to be as light and compact as possible, folding up for easy stowage, transport, and setup. Finally, the target’s hardpoint would need to quickly be attached to the load using a wide variety of shackles or rigging.

After an intensive period of development and testing, Onboard is delighted that the final production model of the TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System will meet or exceed all of these requirements. The Auto-Loc Cargo Hook and cage component will weigh about 46 LB (20.9 KG) and cost about $7,500 USD. The folding target component weighs in at 15 LB (7KG), and will cost around $500 USD per unit. In addition, the new TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook includes Onboard’s new Surefire™ cargo release technology. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the remote hook release button to guard against inadvertent releases caused by accidentally brushing against the button during flight.

Go to video“This is good news for those customers who wanted to be able to buy multiple target units so they could pre-rig several loads for unattended pickups,” said Lemmon. “And since the pilot can release the longline from the belly hook in an emergency situation, we felt that the addition of the Surefire circuit into the cargo hook would maximize load security for those customers who plan to use this system to lift expensive equipment like drills.”

Some of the most innovative features of the new TALON Auto-Loc System are in the target itself. The increased width-to-height ratio and unique legs provide incredible stability, while allowing for the entire piece to fold down like an umbrella. The brightly colored synthetic fabric on two of the side panels makes the target highly visible from above, but the open panels on the other side will make it easy to fasten the load to the hardpoint and help ensure that the attach line doesn’t get tangled up in the target. “It’s impressive to watch the testing footage and see how quickly the pilot is able to maneuver the cargo hook over the target and latch onto it, despite the strong rotor wash,” Lemmon added.

To help eliminate accidental releases caused by contact with branches, the hook has a dual actuation release lever that must be pinched together to pull open. But it's easy for a ground crew to open—even with gloves. The new TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System will prove useful in a variety of situations. For example, if flying conditions aren’t favorable on a particular day, the ground crew can still rig up the loads and move onto their next project, and the helicopter can fly in at any time to pick up and move the cargo. It’s ideally suited for picking up loads in remote locations, such as drill equipment used for mining, and also has a lot of potential for working with unmanned helicopters and drones.

If you are interested in finding out more about this product, please visit the Onboard website and sign up for the TALON Auto-Loc Cargo Hook System email information list to receive pricing and availability updates.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/89 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/89
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit Receives EASA Certification]]> press release

Robinson R66 cargo hook kitOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kit for the Robinson R66 aircraft has received certification from EASA. Onboard received FAA certification for its Robinson R66 kit in July 2015 and Transport Canada certification earlier in November. The R66 Cargo Hook Kit is available with or without an Onboard Weighing System, as well as an optional Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit for those operators who wish to give pilots the ability to release loads on a remote hook from the cockpit.

“We are excited that our Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit is now available for our helicopter operators in Europe,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Onboard’s cargo hook system for the R66 includes many of our latest safety developments, and we look forward to helping our customers put this equipment into service for their external load work missions worldwide.”

Go to videoOnboard’s Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit is built around the latest-generation TALON® Keeperless Cargo Hook, which is designed to handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing loads that might inadvertently slide past the keeper. Other safety features include a rugged mount point with quadruple shear joint to ensure torsional strength, the best available ground clearance from the lowest hanging point of the cargo hook (10.5-IN / 27-CM), and a lock indicator window to give the ground crew an easy visual confirmation that the hook is locked.

The optional Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit gives pilots the ability to release loads from the cockpit, while the Onboard Weighing System helps to show pilots the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook. Onboard’s weighing system for Robinson R66 uses state-of-the-art pin load cell technology to increase ground clearance by replacing the main attach bolt instead of mounting as a separate link above the hook, providing easier cable routing and lower system weight.

Onboard’s Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit comes with all the fixed and electrical provisions needed for installation. It includes the cargo hook, attach point, manual release and electrical release cable, plus the optional Onboard Weighing System and Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit, if ordered. As with all Onboard cargo hooks, maintenance and overhauls can be performed at the factory, by a qualified repair facility, or by the operator in the field using simple hand tools.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/88 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/88
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit Receives Transport Canada Certification]]> press release

Robinson R66 cargo hook kit Onboard Systems International, Inc. today announced that its cargo hook kit for the Robinson R66 aircraft has received certification from Transport Canada. Onboard received FAA certification for its Robinson R66 kit in July 2015; EASA certification for Europe is still pending. The R66 Cargo Hook Kit is available with or without an Onboard Weighing System, as well as an optional Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit for those operators who wish to give pilots the ability to release loads on a remote hook from the cockpit.

“We are pleased to have Transport Canada certification for the Robinson R66 cargo hook kits in advance of the Helicopter Association of Canada convention in Vancouver, BC, this week,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Canadian operators who are attending HAC can stop by our booth to look at the equipment. Operators who are not attending HAC can view our new R66 product video at our website.”

Onboard’s Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit is built around the latest-generation TALON® Keeperless Cargo Hook, which is designed to handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing loads that might inadvertently slide past the keeper. Other safety features include a rugged mount point with quadruple shear joint to ensure torsional strength, the best available ground clearance from the lowest hanging point of the cargo hook (10.5-IN / 27-CM), and a lock indicator window to give the ground crew an easy visual confirmation that the hook is locked.

The optional Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit gives pilots the ability to release loads from the cockpit, while the Onboard Weighing System helps to show pilots the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook. Onboard’s weighing system for Robinson R66 uses state-of-the-art pin load cell technology to increase ground clearance by replacing the main attach bolt instead of mounting as a separate link above the hook, providing easier cable routing and lower system weight.

Onboard’s Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit comes with all the fixed and electrical provisions needed for installation. It includes the cargo hook, attach point, manual release and electrical release cable, plus the optional Onboard Weighing System and Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit, if ordered. As with all Onboard cargo hooks, maintenance and overhauls can be performed at the factory, by a qualified repair facility, or by the operator in the field using simple hand tools.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/87 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/87
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Mexican Certification for Airbus Helicopters AS350 (H125) Cargo Hook Swing Kit]]> press release

Onboard Systems AS350 Cargo Hook Swing KitOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook swing kit with Onboard Weighing System and Fuel Drain Guard for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 aircraft has been certified for use in Mexico by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). A Certificado de Tipo Suplementario was issued for the products covered under FAA STC SR01164SE, which includes the cargo hook suspension systems and Onboard Weighing Systems manufactured by Onboard Systems for use on the AS350B, AS350BA, AS350D, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, and H125 helicopters.

“We’re pleased to be able to respond to the requests for certification from our Mexican customers who want to install Onboard’s cargo hook equipment on this aircraft,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The AS350 is one of the most popular aircraft for external loadwork missions, and our safety-enhanced and cost-effective cargo hook swing system will enable our Mexican operators to expand their mission capabilities.”

With thousands of units in operation worldwide, Onboard’s cargo hook kits and Onboard Weighing Systems have a long and proven track record of safety and reliability. These kits provide operators with a rugged frame that distributes weight between the four cables more efficiently than other designs, reliable load weighing capabilities, accidental fuel release protection, and Onboard’s signature TALON® LC Keeperless Cargo Hook. The advanced technology built into this cargo hook helps ensure that it can handle a variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently slides past the keeper.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/86 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/86
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Mexican Certification for Bell 206L & 407 Cargo Hook Kits and Onboard Weighing Systems]]> press release

Bell 206L & 407 Cargo Hook SystemOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kits and Onboard Weighing Systems for the Bell 206L and 407 aircraft models have been certified for use in Mexico by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). A Certificado de Tipo Suplementario was issued for the products covered under FAA STC SR00898SE, which includes the cargo hook suspension systems and Onboard Weighing Systems manufactured by Onboard Systems for use on these Bell aircraft models.

“We’re pleased to be able to respond to the requests of our Mexican customers, who wanted certification for our cargo hook equipment on these two aircraft models,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The Bell 206L and 407 are popular aircraft, and our dependable, cost-effective cargo hook kits will enable our Mexican operators to expand their mission capabilities.”

With thousands of units in operation worldwide, Onboard’s cargo hook kits and Onboard Weighing Systems have a long and proven track record of safety and reliability. These kits provide operators with a low-weight, damage-resistant frame design, reliable load weighing capabilities, and Onboard’s signature TALON® MC Keeperless Cargo Hook. The advanced technology built into this cargo hook helps ensure that it can handle a variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently slides past the keeper.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/85 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/85
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Mexican Certification for Its Medium Bell Cargo Hook Kits and Onboard Weighing Systems]]> press release

Medium Bell Cargo Hook KitOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kits and Onboard Weighing Systems for the Bell 204, 205, 212, 412 and UH-1 aircraft have been certified for use in Mexico by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). A Certificado de Tipo Suplementario was issued for the products covered under FAA STC SR00713SE, which includes the cargo hook suspension systems and Onboard Weighing Systems manufactured by Onboard Systems for use on these medium Bell aircraft models.

“Onboard’s cargo hook and load weigh systems for the medium Bells offer many safety and design improvements over other equipment options, so we are pleased that our customers in Mexico will now be able to use this equipment for their external load work,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “In addition to their innovative safety features, the competitive purchase price and low ongoing maintenance cost of these cargo hook kits provide unprecedented value for operators around the world.”

With thousands of units in operation worldwide, Onboard’s cargo hook kits and Onboard Weighing Systems for the medium Bell aircraft models have a long and proven track record of safety and reliability. These kits provide operators with a low-weight, damage-resistant frame design, reliable load weighing capabilities, and Onboard’s signature TALON® MC Keeperless Cargo Hook. This technologically advanced cargo hook can handle a variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently slides past the keeper.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/84 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/84
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Extends Time Between Overhauls (TBO) for Medium Bell Cargo Hook Kits]]> press release

Medium Bell Cargo Hook KitOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has extended the time between overhauls (TBO) for its TALON® MC Cargo Hook Kits for the Bell 204, 205, 212, 412 and UH-1 aircraft to six years or 1,500 hours, whichever comes first. Previously, the cargo hook kits for these aircraft had TBOs of five years or 1,000 hours.

“Onboard’s cargo hook kits for the medium Bell aircraft have been in operation since the early 90s, and based on a review of more than twenty years of repair and overhaul metrics, we believe this TBO extension is warranted,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “By increasing the TBO, we will help our customers save money, and also reduce their downtime.”

The extended TBO also applies to the E-77 model Onboard Weighing System used with cargo hook kits for suspension systems manufactured by Onboard Systems. To verify the TBO for your medium Bell aircraft cargo hook or load weigh system, please visit the Onboard Systems website.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/83 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/83
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kit Certified by FAA]]> R66 cargo hook
Replacement TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook Kit with Surefire release technology (P/N 200-302-10)

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kit for the Robinson R66 aircraft has been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard will also submit this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively. The R66 cargo hook kit is available with or without an Onboard Weighing System, as well as an optional Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit for those operators who wish to give pilots the ability to release loads on a remote hook from the cockpit.

“We are very excited to have the Robinson R66 cargo hook kits available for sale to helicopter operators in the US, and soon around the world,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Onboard’s cargo hook systems for the R66 include many of the very latest safety developments, and we look forward to helping our customers put this equipment into service for their external load work missions.”

Onboard’s newly certified Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Kits are built around the latest-generation TALON® Keeperless Cargo Hook, which is designed to handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing loads that might inadvertently slide past the keeper. Other safety features include a rugged mount point with quadruple shear joint to ensure torsional strength, the best-available ground clearance from the lowest hanging point of the cargo hook (10.5-IN / 27-CM), and a lock indicator window to give the ground crew an easy visual confirmation that the hook is locked.

The new Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit option gives pilots the ability to release loads from the cockpit, while the Onboard Weighing System helps shows pilots the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook. Onboard’s weighing system for Robinson R66 uses state-of-the-art pin load cell technology to increase ground clearance by replacing the main attach bolt instead of mounting as a separate link above the hook, providing easier cable routing and lower system weight.

The new Robinson R66 cargo hook kits provide all the fixed and electrical provisions needed for installation, including the cargo hook, attach point, manual release and electrical release cable, plus the optional Onboard Weighing System and Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit, if ordered. As with all Onboard cargo hooks, maintenance and overhauls can be performed at the factory, by a qualified repair facility, or by the operator in the field using simple hand tools.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/82 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/82
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems AS350 (H125) Cargo Hook Swing Retrofit Kit Certified by JCAB]]> press release

Find out more about our AS350/H125 Retrofit Cargo Hook KitOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook swing retrofit kit for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 (H125) aircraft (P/N 200-286-02) has been certified for use in Japan by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).

“Onboard’s swing retrofit kit enables operators to upgrade their factory-installed cargo hook system with a host of robust safety and design improvements,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “We are excited that our customers in Japan will now be able to use this equipment for their external load work missions.”

Onboard’s cargo hook swing retrofit kit provides a cost-effective way to enhance external load safety and take advantage of many new user-friendly features. The retrofit kit is built around Onboard’s signature TALON® LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, which handles a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently gets past the keeper. The integrated Onboard Weighing System allows pilots to instantly know the exact weight of their cargo, and the included fuel drain guard and built-in bumper ring with travel limits offer even greater safety improvements.

The retrofit cargo hook kit is designed to move the hard points to the landing gear clamps on the AS350 (H125), instead of the more time-consuming and costly fuel cell saddle installation. In addition, the gimbal frame for the retrofit cargo hook kit distributes weight between the four cables more effectively than a rigid frame to ensure balanced load sharing throughout the aircraft.

 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/81 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/81
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Awarded Contract for EC145T2 Cargo Hook Kit by Airbus Helicopters]]> press release

TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo HookOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from Airbus Helicopters to provide the cargo hook kit for the EC145T2 beam system. The new beam system will use a single or dual-hook configuration of Onboard’s TALON® LC Hydraulic cargo hook.

The cargo hook beam system can be installed as a dual-hook, Human External Cargo (HEC) certified configuration, or as a single-hook, non-HEC configuration. The dual-hook configuration will have a weight rating of 800 KG (1,764 LB), and the single-hook configuration will have a weight rating of 1,600 KG (3,527 LB). The forward hook in the dual-configuration is the HEC back-up hook, so operators can readily switch between HEC and non-HEC external load operations by simply installing a guard cover over the front hook. In addition, the dual-hook system will have a release lever that can open each hook individually.

The new beam system will feature the TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, which offers a hydraulically activated secondary release system. As with all TALON cargo hooks, in emergency load situations it can release up to 2.5 times the rated load of 1,600 KG (3,527 LB). The system will be designed with modular, interchangeable components to simplify installation, maintenance and upgrade procedures.

Airbus Helicopters also plans to certify the same beam system on the EC135 aircraft. At that point, operators who have both EC135 and EC145T2 aircraft in their fleet will able to interchange the cargo hooks between these two aircraft models. For example, if a cargo hook on an operator’s EC135 is removed for maintenance, a hook from their EC145T2 aircraft can be swapped in. Operators will also be able to upgrade from a single-hook to a dual-hook installation by purchasing and installing additional components to their common beam configuration.

About Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 46 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries, and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

About Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low ongoing maintenance costs. Onboard Systems maintains a rigorous quality management system (QMS) designed to meet or exceed the strict requirements of AS9100 Revision C, ISO 9001:2008, helicopter airframe manufacturers, and the FAA. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington.  

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/79 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/79
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Awarded Contract to Develop External Load Weighing System for the Bell 429]]> press release

TALON LC Hydraulic Release Cargo Hook System for the Bell 429 aircraftOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has been awarded a contract by Bell Helicopters to design and develop a new adaptation of its TALON® LC Hydraulic release external cargo hook system for the Bell 429 helicopter. The new version will include an Onboard Weighing System with an NVG cockpit display. The external load weighing system will feature Onboard’s pin load cell technology, where a pin load cell replaces the main cargo hook attach bolt, rather than attaching as a separate link above the hook. This allows for increased ground clearance, easier cable routing, and lower weight.

“We are excited to be working with Bell on this important update to the existing Bell 429 cargo hook system,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “This will be the first Bell aircraft with a factory-install option for an Onboard Weighing System, which has been a popular aftermarket purchase for many Bell aircraft operators.”

The new cargo hook system design was requested by Bell to fulfill an order for fifteen Bell 429s with external cargo hook systems for the Canadian Coast Guard. The Coast Guard purchase specified that the cargo hook systems must include a weighing system with an NVG cockpit display. The new Onboard Systems external cargo hook system with the Onboard Weighing System will be available for Bell factory installation in 2015 exclusively through Bell Helicopter.

About Onboard Systems
Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low ongoing maintenance costs. Onboard Systems maintains a rigorous quality management system (QMS) designed to meet or exceed the strict requirements of AS9100 Revision C, ISO 9001:2008, helicopter airframe manufacturers, and the FAA. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/78 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/78
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems is Awarded EC130T2 Cargo Hook System by Airbus Helicopters]]> press release

TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo HookOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from Airbus Helicopters to design and manufacture the cargo hook system for the EC130T2 aircraft. The new system will be a single-point hydraulic release cargo hook sling design featuring a TALON® cargo hook and an integrated Onboard Weighing System.

When completed, Onboard’s EC130T2 cargo hook system will weigh about 4 KG (9 LB) and will be available exclusively through Airbus Helicopters. The new EC130T2 cargo hook system is compatible with the crash resistance requirements to which the fuel system of the EC130T2 complies (27.952). The compact design preserves ground clearance and includes a built-in stowage mechanism. As with all TALON cargo hooks, in emergency load situations it can release up to 2.5 times the rated load of 1,500 KG.

The TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook offers a hydraulically activated secondary release system with lines that can be routed with the electrical control cables instead of a separate loop and path for greater safety. The result is a cleaner installation that reduces the possibility of snagging the line, which is manufactured from braided stainless steel for maximum durability. To further protect the cables, hook and fuselage, the cargo hook system includes travel stops. Finally, the integrated Onboard Weighing System includes a cockpit indicator to show the pilot the precise weight of each load, increasing safety and productivity.

About Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 46 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries, and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

About Onboard Systems
Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low ongoing maintenance costs. Onboard Systems maintains a rigorous quality management system (QMS) designed to meet or exceed the strict requirements of AS9100 Revision C, ISO 9001:2008, helicopter airframe manufacturers, and the FAA. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington.
 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/77 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/77
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems to Debut New 1K Carousel Hooks at the 2014 Heli-Expo Show in Anaheim, California]]> press release

TALON 1K Lighted Carousel HookOnboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it will unveil the production versions of their new TALON® 1K Carousel cargo hooks at the Heli-Expo Show in Anaheim, California. Designed for optimal performance when operating in a multi-hook carousel system, the TALON 1K Carousel Hook was engineered from the ground up to ensure it would include the most requested features from external load operators, such as a dual actuation release lever to help eliminate accidental releases caused by contact with branches.

The new TALON 1K Carousel hook design also allows for easy field replacement of the power cord, as well as improved performance in icy conditions. The release lever was moved to the front of the hook to provide better access for ground crews, and a lock indicator window will help them confirm that the load is secure. Available with or without a built-in LED light, the keeperless hook design meets United States Forestry Service contract requirements.

TALON 1K Carousel Hook“In taking on this project, we worked closely with our customers to address the major pain points they’ve experienced when doing carousel work,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The new TALON 1K Carousel hooks will make loading, transporting and releasing multiple loads faster, easier and safer than ever before—for both pilots and ground crews.”

The TALON 1K Carousel hook features a dual actuation release lever to help eliminate accidental releases caused by contact with branches. The lever must be pinched together to open the hook manually, but we’ve made it easier for the ground crew to load by moving the lever to the front edge of the hook, facing out of the carousel. For added safety, a lock indicator window gives the ground crew a quick visual signal that the hook is securely locked. Finally, the power cord can be easily replaced—even out in the field—via an access cover and terminal block.

To decrease the overall weight of a carousel system, the hook capacity was reduced to 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms), which helped shed two pounds per hook—despite adding armor side plates to protect the throat area against rigging damage. The keeperless load beam assembly opens to almost 90 degrees to ensure that loads will slide smoothly off  the hook when opened by the pilot. And for those operators using the SPIDER® Smart Carousel, the lighted hook option is readily visible in direct sunlight at distances over 200 feet to give the pilot a quick visual signal of which hook is armed for release.

 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/75 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/75
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems to Debut New SPIDER Smart Carousel at the 2014 Heli-Expo Show in Anaheim, California]]> press release

SPIDER Smart CarouselOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it will unveil the production version of its new SPIDER® Smart Carousel for external load operations at the Heli-Expo Show in Anaheim, California. Designed to work specifically with Onboard's new TALON 1K Carousel lighted cargo hooks and three-channel electric swivel, the SPIDER Smart Carousel can be configured with four, six or eight carousel hooks as needed for external load work missions. Onboard's Heli-Expo booth will feature a hands-on, interactive SPIDER Smart Carousel and controller display area so that visitors can practice operating a carousel by learning to recognize the light patterns, advance the arming sequence to the next hook, drop all the hooks simultaneously, and more.

Carousel systems are the preferred multiple-drop delivery system for helicopter external load work, and the SPIDER Smart Carousel is designed to be flexible, durable and convenient to operate. The rugged dual hoop weldment protects the hooks from above and below, and the durable, high-visibility finish makes it easy to spot from the ground. Hooks can be added or removed from the controller in the field as needed.

“Our customers asked us to develop a rugged, flexible carousel that would give the pilot an instant-read method for determining which hook was armed,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The SPIDER Smart Carousel’s new controller and lighted 1K Carousel hooks provide the highly visible, illuminated feedback that many operators have been asking for.”

The SPIDER Smart Carousel provides illuminated feedback showing which hook is armed for release. The all-new carousel controller keeps track of which hooks have been released and automatically advances to arm the next hook. The pilot can bypass the auto-advance settings and drop loads out of sequence if needed—including drop-all functionality—and the illuminated pattern will update automatically to show the next hook staged for release. Click here to visit a photo gallery showing each distinctive light pattern.

Designed to thrive in harsh environments, the controller is positively O-ring sealed with minimal potential leak points and a Gore-Tex® vent to allow the system to breathe. The addition of Onboard's three-channel Electric Swivel provides a continuous electrical connection between the cockpit release and the hooks, allowing the SPIDER Carousel to spin freely to accommodate external load movement without curling or tangling of the long line.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/74 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/74
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award]]> press release

Vancouver, WA—January 23, 2013—Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that for the sixth consecutive year, it has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for quality and on time delivery. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Onboard Systems maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013.

Boeing Performance Excellence AwardThis year, Boeing recognized 582 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Onboard Systems is one of only 124 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition.

“Onboard Systems is committed to providing our customers with excellent cargo hook equipment and customer service,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Receiving this kind of recognition from Boeing year after year demonstrates our ability to consistently deliver well-made products in a timely manner.”

Onboard Systems supplies external load equipment to Boeing for the V-22 Osprey program. The company has received this BPEA in recognition of its ability to consistently manufacture high-quality cargo hooks and deliver them on time, in accordance to a contracted schedule.

About Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Onboard Systems maintains a rigorous quality management system (QMS) designed to meet or exceed the strict requirements of AS9100 Revision C, ISO 9001:2008, helicopter airframe manufacturers, and the FAA. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington.

About the Boeing Performance Excellence Award

For more information on the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, visit the Boeing website.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/73 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/73
<![CDATA[Electric Swivels from Onboard Systems Help Increase Safety for Rotating Loads]]> press release

Electric Swivel attached to a TALON Remote Cargo Hook and a longlineOnboard Systems has designed and manufactured a growing line of electric swivels to enhance flight safety for external load missions transporting spinning loads. Electric swivels provide a continuous electrical connection between the cockpit release and the remote cargo hook, while allowing for hook rotation to accommodate external load movement without curling or tangling of the long line.

Current electric swivel models include load capacities ranging between 2,000 to 6,000 LB (907 to 2,722 KG). These products include many safety and durability features, such as stainless steel housing for the swivel body, stainless steel braid for the electric cables, and easy linkage couplings. They also include a built-in travel stop that mounts directly on the lug of Onboard’s TALON® brand Remote Cargo Hooks to limit rotation and prevent damage to the electrical cable.

“The recent FAA SAFO regarding Part 133 external load operations with spinning loads discusses the safety advantage that swivels can provide when performing external load work,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “That is why Onboard created a robust, safety-focused line of electric swivels that work with our TALON® remote cargo hooks—as well as other brands—to ensure that the greatest number of operators would have access to this important safety equipment.”

On November 4, 2013, the FAA issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO 13010) to outline current guidance and best practices for Part 133 external load operators. The SAFO discusses the importance of using a swivel so that spinning loads do not affect flight safety. The precautions are especially important when rigging loads (or load configurations) that are new to the operator—particularly those known to rotate. The document also recommends that Part 133 operators train pilots and ground personnel thoroughly and conduct briefings before each operation begins.

“Onboard’s electric swivel line was designed to satisfy the need for robust, durable swivels that will function well in a wide variety of environmental conditions, while also providing extra protection for the electrical harness,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Our swivel design incorporates key input from many of our worldwide customers and reflects the very latest safety innovations available.”

Onboard’s electric swivel bodies are made of 100% stainless steel to ensure years of trouble-free use in a wide variety of environments. The entire length of both electrical cables is sheathed in stainless steel braid and includes robust strain relief at the cable ends, protecting them from damage during operation and minimizing the potential for breakage. Both ends of the swivel include attachment bolts and nuts that allow it to connect directly to the long line and the remote cargo hook.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/72 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/72
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Selected to Develop New Cargo Hook System for the MD Explorer Aircraft]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that MD Helicopters has awarded them a contract to begin development of a new cargo hook system for the MD Explorer® line of twin engine helicopters. The new cargo hook system will feature Onboard’s TALON® LC Hydraulic cargo hook and include a built-in Onboard Weighing System, which will display the weight of the cargo load on the new Universal Avionics Systems glass cockpit in the aircraft.

“Onboard developed our TALON LC Hydraulic release cargo hook to help eliminate inadvertent cargo releases due to improperly rigged manual release cables on a variety of aircraft,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The new cargo hook system we are developing with MD will provide Explorer operators with greater load security, lower on-going maintenance costs and accurate, quickly accessible load weight information.”

When this project is complete, MD Helicopters will offer Onboard Systems cargo hooks across their entire line of production aircraft. In addition, the new cargo hook system will be designed to enable existing MD Explorer operators already fitted with the legacy hook system to switch over to the new hydraulic release cargo hook, if desired.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/71 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/71
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Offers Cargo Hook Retention System for Bell 204, 205 & 212 Aircraft]]> press release

Closeup view of the Cargo Hook Retention SystemOnboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced immediate availability for a Cargo Hook Retention System for Bell 204, 205 and 212 aircraft. Once installed, the Cargo Hook Retention System can stop the cargo hook assembly on these aircraft from rotating around the rotorcraft’s vertical axis as needed for selected external load missions. The kit is currently certified by the FAA and Transport Canada; certification for the Bell 412 aircraft and EASA is planned.

“Through the years, we’ve received many requests from customers who want to stop rotation of the hook during certain kinds of missions—particularly when they are using multiple cables, hydraulic pumps, or foam injectors for bucket work,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. "This kit provides a simple and cost-effective solution that allows the pilot or the ground crew to enable or disable cargo hook rotation with a quick release pin. No tools are required.”

The Cargo Hook Retention System includes a restraining arm that is coupled to the cargo hook assembly and supported by a bracket that is attached to the airframe. The length of restraining arm allows for full fore/aft movement without hook rotation. The bracket is lined with Teflon® and lets the restraining arm move smoothly forward and back to alleviate stress on the fuselage.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/70 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/70
<![CDATA[Bell 407 Hydraulic Fixed Beam Cargo Hook Kit from Onboard Systems Receives Transport Canada Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new fixed beam TALON® Hydraulic Cargo Hook kit for the Bell 407 aircraft has been STC certified by Transport Canada. This cargo hook kit was STC certified by the FAA in March 2013. Onboard has also submitted this system to EASA for certification in Europe.

Onboard’s hydraulic cargo hook kit for the Bell 407 aircraft improves upon the original fixed beam design that Onboard introduced in 2009 by providing the added load security of a TALON hydraulic cargo hook, as well as the ability for right or left hand pilot installation. “Our TALON hydraulic cargo hook kits are very effective at reducing inadvertent cargo releases," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. "This kit provides a cost-effective, technologically superior cargo hook system for the Bell 407 aircraft, along with flexible installation options. Excessive movement during external load operations can unintentionally activate an improperly rigged manual release cable on a cargo hook system, causing an inadvertent release of the load. Onboard's hydraulic cargo hook kits only open the hook when the pilot activates the release handle—snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally dropping the cargo."

An optional Onboard Weighing System for the new Bell 407 hydraulic cargo hook kit is also available and uses Onboard’s pin load cell technology. Pin load cells are designed to mount on one side of the hook by replacing the main attach bolt, rather than attaching as a separate link above the hook. This allows for increased ground clearance and easier cable routing and lower weight, while still allowing the pilot to know the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook to maximize load efficiency while reducing airframe stress.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/69 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/69
<![CDATA[Bell 407 Hydraulic Fixed Beam Cargo Hook Kit from Onboard Systems Receives FAA Certification]]> press release

Vancouver, WA—March 1, 2013—Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new fixed beam TALON® Hydraulic Cargo Hook kit for the Bell 407 has been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard has also submitted this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively. The new cargo hook kit improves upon the original fixed beam design that Onboard introduced in 2009 by providing the added load security of a TALON hydraulic cargo hook, and the ability for right or left hand pilot installation.

“Our TALON hydraulic cargo hook kits are very effective at reducing inadvertent cargo releases," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. "This kit provides a cost-effective, technologically superior cargo hook system for the Bell 407 aircraft, and gives operators the installation option for either right or left hand pilot command."

Excessive movement during external load operations can unintentionally activate an improperly rigged manual release cable on a cargo hook system, causing an inadvertent release of the load. Onboard's hydraulic cargo hook kits only open the hook when the pilot activates the release handle—snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally dropping the cargo.

An optional Onboard Weighing System for the new Bell 407 hydraulic cargo hook kit is also available and uses Onboard’s pin load cell technology. Pin load cells are designed to mount on one side of the hook by replacing the main attach bolt, rather than attaching as a separate link above the hook. This allows for increased ground clearance and easier cable routing and lower weight, while still allowing the pilot to know the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook to maximize load efficiency while reducing airframe stress.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/68 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/68
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that for the fifth consecutive year, it has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for quality and on time delivery. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Onboard Systems maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012.

This year, Boeing recognized 594 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Onboard Systems is one of only 153 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition.

“Onboard Systems is committed to providing our customers with quality-tested products and excellent customer service,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Receiving this kind of recognition from Boeing year after year demonstrates that we are able to fulfill that commitment by consistently delivering well-made products in a timely manner.”

Onboard Systems supplies external load equipment to Boeing for the V22 Osprey program. The company has received this BPEA in recognition of its proven ability to consistently manufacture high quality cargo hooks and deliver them on time, in accordance to a contracted schedule.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/66 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/66
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Hong Kong Certification for its AS355 Cargo Hook Swing Kit]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its Eurocopter AS355 cargo hook swing kit has just been certified by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD). This equipment has previously been certified by the FAA, Transport Canada, and EASA.

“While the AS355 aircraft has traditionally been used for executive transport, it is also an excellent utility aircraft,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Onboard Systems. “We are pleased that Hong Kong operators can now set up existing aircraft for external load work with our economical, safety-enhanced cargo hook kit for the AS355 aircraft, allowing them to work on additional contracts.”

Onboard’s AS355 cargo hook swing kit uses the TALON® LC Keeperless cargo hook, which enables operators to safely operate using a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles. It also includes built-in travel limits and an innovative bumper ring to protect the cargo hook and control cables from striking the fuselage.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/64 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/64
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Upgrades Safety on its 6K TALON MC Keeperless Cargo Hook]]> press release

Talon MC 6K Cargo HookOnboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced the production release of its next generation TALON MC Keeperless 6,000 LB (2,722 KG) cargo hook, which includes additional safety-oriented and user-friendly features.

The updated TALON MC Keeperless cargo hook includes a new, highly-visible manual release lever on the side plate, below the bumper ring. The addition of a lever in an accessible location will make it easier for the ground crew to open the hook during loading and unloading operations. The hook lock indicator has also been redesigned to make it easier for the ground crew to quickly verify that the hook is securely locked after loading.

“Onboard Systems is always looking for ways to improve the safety and usability of our cargo hooks,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Customers who already have TALON MC Keeperless hooks will be able to buy an upgrade kit to add these improvements to their existing equipment, or they can ask about the upgrade when they send it back to the factory for overhaul.”

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/63 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/63
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Certified to AS9100 Rev C Quality Standard]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, was recently certified to the AS9100 Rev C Quality Standard for Aerospace manufacturing, adding to its existing ISO 9001:2008 certification at its Vancouver, Washington, facility. Based on the ISO 9001:2008 quality system requirements, the AS9100 Rev C certification entails meeting nearly 100 additional rigorous criteria designed to meet the stringent, complex and unique demands of aerospace manufacturing.

"Onboard strives to produce the safest, most reliable cargo hook equipment available, and the AS9100 Rev C certification puts Onboard at the leading edge for helicopter external load components," said Jason Lemmon, President and CEO of Onboard Systems. "This new certification demonstrates our resolve in continuous improvement to our manufacturing system, ensuring that we produce the highest quality products. It also attests to the commitment of all of Onboard employees to implementing our quality management system.”

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/61 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/61
<![CDATA[MD Helicopters Installs First Updated Onboard Systems MD500/600 Attach Point ]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that MD Helicopters has recently performed the first installation of its redesigned attach point kit for the MD500 aircraft at their facility in Mesa, Arizona. Onboard's updated attach point kit was developed with assistance from MD Helicopter's engineers with the goal of providing MD operators with the highest quality product possible.

This engineering cooperation has resulted in a new attach point design that includes many features that will improve durability and longevity of the product. The attach point now comes with built-in travel stops to help prevent both the hook and control cables from impacting the aircraft frame, and provides an additional .75-inch clearance for the electrical and manual release cables. In addition, bushings have been added at the hook pivot point and link, making it easier and less expensive to perform ongoing maintenance.

"MD Helicopters is committed to advancing helicopter performance, safety and value, so we were pleased to work with Onboard in developing these cargo hook system improvements," said Chris Nehls, Director of System Integration at MD Helicopters. "The redesigned cargo hook system will increase safety and performance for those MD customers who perform external load missions."

"The built-in travel limits for our new MD500/600 attach point kit greatly improves longevity and user experience," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. "And the new bushings at the hook pivot point and in the link will significantly decrease wear-and-tear, so we're excited to see this new product roll out to MD operators."

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/59 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/59
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems BO105LS A-3 Hydraulic Cargo Hook Kits Receive FAA & Brazil Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its replacement hydraulic cargo hook kits for the Eurocopter BO105LS A-3 aircraft have been certified by the FAA and ANAC/Brazil and are now in production. The kits have also been submitted to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe. These easy-to-install replacement cargo hook kits can be used to upgrade legacy cargo hook systems and come with or without an integrated Onboard Weighing System.

“Our TALON® replacement hydraulic cargo hook kits are very effective at reducing inadvertent cargo releases on BO105 and other aircraft previously equipped with legacy cargo hook equipment," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. "The new kits provide a cost-effective, technologically superior upgrade for BO105 operators looking to overhaul or replace an outdated cargo hook system."

Excessive movement during external load operations can unintentionally activate an improperly rigged manual release cable on a cargo hook system, causing an inadvertent release of the load. Onboard's hydraulic cargo hook kits will only open the hook when the pilot activates the release handle—snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally dropping the cargo. In addition to the hydraulic release, the new kit features a bumper ring and improved positioning to further protect control cables and electrical connectors from damage.

An optional Onboard Weighing System allows pilots to instantly know the exact weight of the cargo on the hook, reducing the risk of overload airframe stress and helps the pilot make more informed aircraft loading decisions. In addition, Onboard's cargo hooks are designed to release 2.5 times the rated load in an emergency situation (such as a longline snag), giving pilots a significant margin of safety in which to release the cargo load.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/58 Wed, 02 May 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/58
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives FAA Certification for Eurocopter EC135 Replacement Cargo Hook Kit]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new replacement cargo hook kit for the Eurocopter EC135 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and is currently in production. Onboard has also submitted the kit to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

“Onboard has received many requests from operators of the OEM-supplied system who are interested in replacing their legacy hook with an Onboard hook,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Onboard Systems. “This new kit was developed in response to these requests, and will give operators a cost-effective option to switch out their old hook for an Onboard hook.”

The new replacement kit for the Eurocopter EC135 features a modified version of Onboard’s innovative TALON® LC Keeperless cargo hook, which can handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while eliminating the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently gets past the keeper. The lock indicator window on the back of the hook gives ground crew personnel an easy visual signal that the hook is locked. Finally, the maximum angle of the hook opening has been increased to almost 90° for easier loading and unloading.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems® is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/56 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/56
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that for the fourth consecutive year, it has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for quality and on time delivery. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Onboard Systems maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011.

This year, Boeing recognized 529 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Onboard Systems is one of only 122 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition.

“Onboard Systems is committed to providing our customers with quality-tested products and excellent customer service,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Receiving this kind of recognition from Boeing year after year demonstrates that we are able to fulfill that commitment by consistently delivering well-made products in a timely manner.”

Onboard Systems supplies external load equipment to Boeing for the V22 Osprey program. The company has received this BPEA in recognition of its proven ability to consistently manufacture high quality cargo hooks and deliver them on time, in accordance to a contracted schedule.

About Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

About the Boeing Performance Excellence Award

For more information on the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, visit

http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/doingbiz/supplier_portal/bpea.html.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/57 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/57
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Debuts the New SPIDER Multi-Hook Carousel at the 2012 Heli-Expo Show in Dallas, Texas]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, unveiled the production version of its new SPIDER™ multi-hook carousel for external load operations at the Heli-Expo Show in Dallas, Texas. The SPIDER Carousel can be configured with four, six or eight carousel hooks as needed for external load work missions. It is designed to work specifically with Onboard's TALON 2K Carousel cargo hooks and three-channel Electric Swivel.

“Operators have been asking us to develop a rugged, flexible carousel system for a number of years," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “We are confident that our customers will find the SPIDER Carousel worth the wait."

Carousel systems are the preferred multiple-drop delivery system for helicopter external load work, and the SPIDER Carousel has been designed to be flexible, durable and convenient to operate. The rugged cage protects the hooks from above and below, and the durable, high-visibility finish makes it easy to spot from the ground. It can use an existing three-wire long line power set-up for quick and easy installation, and hooks can be added or removed from the controller in the field as needed. The addition of Onboard's new three-channel Electric Swivel will provide a continuous electrical connection between the cockpit release and the hooks, allowing the SPIDER Carousel to spin freely to accommodate external load movement without curling or tangling of the long line.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems® is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/55 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/55
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives FAA Approval for Cargo Hook Suspension System for the AgustaWestland A109/119 Aircraft]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new cargo hook suspension system for the AgustaWestland A109/119 helicopter model has been certified by the FAA and is available for purchase. Onboard has also submitted the cargo hook suspension system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

“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.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/49 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/49
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Suspension System Approved by Eurocopter for Factory Installation on EC145 Aircraft Program]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its TALON LC cargo hook suspension system has been approved under Eurocopter's type certificate for the EC145 aircraft. In addition to containing all the latest safety enhancements—including a TALON LC Keeperless cargo hook with a "load-on-hook" indicator, a protective bumper ring, and an optional Onboard Weighing System—Onboard's EC145 cargo hook suspension system is approved to lift external loads up to 1,500 KG.

"The system was recently selected for factory installation by Eurocopter for a variety of reasons, including its lower weight, the safety advantages of the TALON LC Keeperless cargo hook, and the high-quality support we offer to customers,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of Onboard Systems. "We know that many customers have been asking for this system, and we are pleased to be working with Eurocopter to offer this product as a factory-install option."

This suspension system is also installed as part of the US Army's LUH Program. Onboard’s TALON LC cargo hook suspension system for the EC145 includes a bumper ring with built-in travel limits to protect the hook and control cables from damage. The optional integrated weighing system improves safety, increases productivity and decreases repairs due to overstress and overload. The TALON LC cargo hook suspension system for the EC145 will be available exclusively from Eurocopter.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON® brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/46 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/46
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives FAA Approval for Updated MD500/600 Attach Point]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its updated attach point kit for the MD500 & 600 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and is available for purchase. Onboard has also submitted the attach point kit to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

The updated attach point kit design includes many features that will improve durability and longevity of the product. The attach point now comes with built-in travel stops to help prevent both the hook and control cables from impacting the aircraft frame, and provides an additional .75-inch clearance for the electrical and manual release cables. In addition, bushings have been added at the hook pivot point and link, making it easier and less expensive to perform ongoing maintenance.
 
"Our customers are really going to like the new built-in travel limits for this kit," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. "The original attach point kit design called for attaching rubber pads to the aircraft belly to help protect against banging, so the new built-in travel limits greatly improve ease of installation and use. Plus, the new bushings at the hook pivot point and in the link will significantly decrease wear-and-tear."
 
Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.
 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/45 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/45
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems' Repair Station is Approved by EASA]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its Part 145 Repair Station has recently been certified by EASA to issue FAA Form 8130-3 Dual Release Certificates for service, repair and overhaul work.
 
"This is something that our European customers have wanted for a long time," said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of Onboard Systems. "Many operators prefer to have their equipment serviced at the factory, and we are excited to be able to offer these customers an EASA-approved option."
 
Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/44 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/44
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Unveils New Cargo Hook Suspension System for the AgustaWestland A109/119 Aircraft]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, introduced its new cargo hook suspension system for the AgustaWestland A109/119 helicopter models today at the 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.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/41 Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/41
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Rolls Out New & Improved TALON™ Keeperless Cargo Hook]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has updated their flagship product, the TALON™ LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, by incorporating additional safety-oriented and user-friendly innovations.

“As we approach the tenth anniversary for the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo, our engineers have incorporated customer feedback and new safety technologies into this next-generation design,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The result of these efforts is a significantly improved hook that has been rolling out into growing numbers of complete and replacement cargo hook systems.”

The updated TALON Keeperless Cargo Hook is the same size and weight as its predecessor, and uses the same mounting interfaces and electrical and manual release cable connection locations. But it also includes hook lock indicator that uses alignment marks to help ground crew verify that the cargo hook is fully closed and locked, as well as improved load beam geometry, which allows the hook to open up to almost 90° (vs. 45° for the previous generation hook) for better low-load, high-friction drops.

A window in the manual release cover that allows an operator to check the manual release cable rigging at the cargo hook, and a highly-visible, wider and longer release lever makes it easier for ground crews to open the hook while wearing work gloves.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/39 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/39
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Introduces New Crew-Loc™ Cargo Hooks]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced its new line of Crew-Loc™ remote cargo hooks. These hooks offer the ultimate in load security for transporting high-value loads because the hook can only be opened by ground crews, reducing the possibility of an inadvertent release for valuable loads and equipment.

“We’ve received a number of requests from customers for a remote safety hook to transport valuable loads, such as drilling equipment, where the hook can only be opened by the ground crew,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Our customers also wanted protective, highly visible cages for safety, and we are pleased to offer this hook with two styles of cages suitable for use in a variety of environmental conditions.”

Onboard’s rotating Crew-Loc Cargo Hooks are available in both full-cage and half-cage configurations and are rated for 6,000 LB (2,722 KG). They are particularly suited to non-repetitive long line lifts where security of the load is paramount and detachment of the load can be accomplished by ground crew.

The Crew-Loc hooks combine the cargo hook and protective cage into one integrated unit that is robust, reliable and low maintenance. The durable, high-visibility powder coat frame ensures years of duty in the field, and the swivel hook uses an anti-friction bearing design to allow the hook to rotate freely under load. Enlarged thumb access to the low-profile release lever makes it easy for ground crew to open the hook, even with work gloves.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/38 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/38
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Offers Full-Cage Option for the 3K Remote Cargo Hook]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it is now offering a full-cage option for its popular 3,000 LB Remote Cargo Hook. The new cage has been carefully designed to provide maximum protection for the hook while still providing easy loading access for ground crew — even when wearing work gloves.

The optimized full-cage frame design weighs just a half-pound (.3 KG) more than the half-cage version. According to Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems, "Helicopter operators fly many kinds of missions, in all kinds of terrains and conditions. While our half-cage remote hook enables fast and easy loading, operators have asked for a full-cage option for external load missions in conditions that require additional hook protection. So we are pleased to be able to offer them this product, which will add greater versatility to their mission capabilities."

In addition, for those operators who already own several half-cage 3K remote hooks, Onboard can convert these products to the full-cage configuration during the next product overhaul.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/37 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/37
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Unveils New 2K Remote Cargo Hook Kit at 2010 HAI Convention]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new 2,000 LB TALON Remote Cargo Hook will be on display at the 2010 HAI HeliExpo convention in Houston, Texas (February 21-23). The 2K Remote Cargo Hook is now in production and is available for purchase.

2K Remote Cargo Hook kit from Onboard SystemsDesigned specifically for use with lighter helicopters, the 2K Remote Cargo Hook offers operators greater versatility because it is built around the popular TALON Keeperless Carousel Hook. Using simple hand tools, operators can separate the hook from the cage and use it on a carousel system. Alternatively, operators who already own a TALON Keeperless Carousel Hook can simply order the cage assembly and build their own 2K Remote Cargo Hook.

In addition, Onboard Systems has also developed a Brush Guard Kit that mounts on the side of the TALON Carousel Hook to help keep sticks or branches that may push up against the “Open” knob from causing an inadvertent release. The Brush Guard Kit can be used on the TALON Keeperless Carousel Hook, with or without the cage assembly, and is included as part of the 2K Remote Cargo Hook kit.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it is now offering a full-cage option for its popular 3,000 LB Remote Cargo Hook. The new cage has been carefully designed to provide maximum protection for the hook while still providing easy loading access for ground crew — even when wearing work gloves.

The optimized full-cage frame design weighs just a half-pound (.3 KG) more than the half-cage version. According to Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems, "Helicopter operators fly many kinds of missions, in all kinds of terrains and conditions. While our half-cage remote hook enables fast and easy loading, operators have asked for a full-cage option for external load missions in conditions that require additional hook protection. So we are pleased to be able to offer them this product, which will add greater versatility to their mission capabilities."

In addition, for those operators who already own several half-cage 3K remote hooks, Onboard can convert these products to the full-cage configuration during the next product overhaul.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/36 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/36
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives FAA Certification for Eurocopter AS355 Replacement Cargo Hook Kit]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new replacement cargo hook kit for the Eurocopter AS355 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and is currently in production. Onboard has also submitted the kit to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

“While Onboard offers a full suspension system for the Eurocopter AS355, we’ve received many requests from operators of the OEM-supplied system who are interested in replacing their legacy hook with an Onboard hook,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Onboard Systems. “This new kit was developed in response to these requests, and will give operators a cost-effective option to switch out their old hook for an Onboard hook.”

The new replacement kit for the Eurocopter AS355 features Onboard’s innovative TALON™ Keeperless Cargo Hook and a protective built-in bumper ring with travel limits. The keeperless design eliminates the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently gets past the keeper by replacing the keeper with a unique load beam system that stays open after the load is jettisoned. In addition, the keeperless hook design can safely handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles and offers many other safety and maintenance benefits. The bumper ring prevents both the hook and control cables from impacting the frame and causing damage that could lead to an inadvertent load release.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/35 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/35
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives FAA Certification for Eurocopter EC120 Replacement Cargo Hook Kit]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new replacement cargo hook kit for the Eurocopter EC120 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and is currently in production. Onboard has also submitted the kit to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

“Since we first started offering our complete suspension system for the Eurocopter EC120 in 2008, we’ve heard from many operators of the OEM-supplied system who are interested in replacing their legacy hook with an Onboard hook,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Onboard Systems. “As these systems come up for overhaul, this new kit will give operators a cost-effective option to switch out their old hook for an Onboard hook.”

The new replacement kit for the Eurocopter EC120 features Onboard’s innovative TALON™ Keeperless Cargo Hook. The keeperless design eliminates the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently gets past the keeper by replacing the keeper with a unique load beam system that stays open after the load is jettisoned. The keeperless hook design can safely handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles and offers many other safety and maintenance benefits.

Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/34 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/34
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives Certifications for Robinson R44 Raven II Pin Load Cell]]> press release


Onboard Systems Weighing Kit for the Raven II Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its latest pin load cell has been STC certified by the FAA and Transport Canada. The pin load cell is part of a new Onboard Weighing System designed for the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft. Onboard has also submitted this system to EASA for certification in Europe.

Onboard Weighing Systems provide pilots with the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook via a display monitor mounted in the cockpit, allowing them to maximize load efficiency while reducing airframe stress. Pin load cells are designed to mount on one side of the hook by replacing the main attach bolt, rather than attaching as a separate link above the hook. This allows for improved ground clearance, easier cable routing and lower weight.

“In 2008, Onboard Systems reviewed and re-engineered our cargo hook kits for the Robinson R44 and Raven II aircraft as part of our continuous product improvement process,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The new pin load cell is the final component of the revamped Robinson Raven II kits and offers improved ground clearance and simplified installation for operators.”

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/32 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/32
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Expands Helicopter Cargo Net Program]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has dramatically expanded its standard cargo net equipment offerings to include more size and weight categories. Cargo nets are available in three basic sizes (12-ft x 12-ft, 14-ft x 14-ft and 16-ft x 16-ft) and four working load limit (WLL) classifications (1,500 LB, 3,000 LB, 4,500 LB and 6,000 LB).

According to Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Onboard Systems, “When we began selling cargo net equipment two years ago, we focused on one standard size net, as well as custom-build nets. But of course, external load capacities vary greatly between helicopter models, and our customers wanted standard options that better matched their aircraft capabilities. Our new size and weight options will give our customers the price and size options they’ve asked for.”

Onboard Systems is an authorized distributor of helicopter longline and cargo net equipment from Barry Cordage, Ltd. The cargo nets are designed for durability and high visibility, and include UV protection and abrasion resistance for long-life. Best of all, they can be drop-shipped to a customer’s hangar or work site as needed, oftentimes on the same day as ordered. Prices start as low as $505 USD for a 12-ft x 12-ft 1,500 LB net.

Onboard Systems International designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/31 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/31
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems EC130 Swing & Sling Cargo Hook Kits Receive EASA Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that both its Sling and Swing cargo hook suspension systems for the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft have now been certified by EASA. These cargo hook kits have already received FAA and Transport Canada certification.

“The EC130 is usually configured for tourism, police or medical transport, but it can also be used for utility work,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard Systems. “This is welcome news for European operators who are interested in adding external lifting capabilities to their aircraft to diversify their income opportunities.”

Both the Sling and Swing cargo hook systems feature Onboard’s TALON LC Hydraulic Hook, which greatly increases load security. In addition, both kits include an integrated Onboard Weighing System to reduce the risk of overload stress on the aircraft, as well as a built-in bumper ring and travel limits to protect the airframe, cables and the hook.

The Sling suspension system installs using a single point mount and can safely lift loads weighing up to 1,660 LB (750 KG). The Swing suspension system installs using a 4-point mount and has a maximum load capacity of 2,557 LB (1,160 KG).

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/30 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/30
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Receives 2008 Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has received a 2008 Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for quality and on time delivery. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Onboard Systems maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2007, to Sept. 30, 2008.

This year, Boeing recognized 411 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Onboard Systems is one of only 86 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition.

“Onboard Systems is committed to providing our customers with quality-tested products and excellent customer service,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Receiving this kind of recognition from Boeing demonstrates that we are able to fulfill that commitment by consistently delivering well-made products in a timely manner.”

Onboard Systems supplies external load equipment to Boeing for the V22 Osprey program. The company has received this BPEA in recognition of its proven ability to consistently manufacture high quality cargo hooks and deliver them on time, in accordance to a contracted schedule.

About Onboard Systems
Onboard Systems International, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

About the Boeing Performance Excellence Award
For more information on the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, visit
http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/doingbiz/supplier_portal/bpea.html.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/29 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/29
<![CDATA[Bell 407 Fixed Beam Suspension System from Onboard Systems Receives FAA Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new fixed beam suspension system for the Bell 407 has been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard has also submitted this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively. The new fixed beam suspension system eliminates the side-to-side banging of the original trolley system design and also offers other benefits, including weight reduction, a simplified design, built-in travel limits and improved ground clearance.

“The fixed beam design greatly reduces the total part count—which also reduces maintenance costs and requirements,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Eliminating the trolley system makes it much quieter to operate, as there’s no more side-to-side banging. It also allowed us to reduce the total system weight by 35%.”

The fixed beam system offers additional clearance as measured from the lowest hanging point of the cargo hook. This is important for operations in remote field locations where prepared landing pads are few and far between. The addition of built-in travel limits to both the load beam and the cargo hook to protect the hook, the suspension system and the aircraft.

Also available in the first half of 2009 will be an Onboard Weighing System for the new fixed beam assembly, which uses Onboard’s new pin load cell technology. Pin load cells are designed to mount on one side of the hook by replacing the main attach bolt, rather than attaching as a separate link above the hook. This allows for increased ground clearance, easier cable routing and lower weight, while still allowing the pilot to know the exact weight of the load on the cargo hook to maximize load efficiency while reducing airframe stress.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/28 Sat, 21 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/28
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems to Design & Develop Cargo Hook for the Bell 429 Program]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has been awarded a contract to design and develop a new 1,361 KG (3,000 LB) external cargo hook system for the Bell 429 helicopter. The Bell 429 aircraft will be an advanced, light twin IFR helicopter that can be configured for a wide variety of uses, including corporate, law enforcement, EMS and utility operations.

“Bell is designing the 429 to be its most advanced helicopter, and they wanted it to have a cutting edge cargo hook system,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard Systems. “That’s why Bell was particularly interested in Onboard’s hydraulic hook technology, which we developed specifically to provide greater load safety during external load operations. The new cargo hook system we are working on for the 429 will include a hydraulic hook, along with many other safety and operational improvements we’ve developed over the years.”

Onboard is working with Bell’s engineers to create a state-of-the-art cargo hook system specifically for the 429 aircraft. It will include Onboard’s signature hydraulic and keeperless hook technologies and will be available for factory installation.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Onboard Systems
Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/27 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/27
<![CDATA[New Onboard Systems MD600N Cargo Hook Kit Receives FAA Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new cargo hook kit for the MD600N aircraft has been STC certified by the FAA and will begin production shortly. Onboard has also submitted this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.
 
The new cargo hook kit is available for factory installation on new MD600N aircraft, or it can be purchased to upgrade a legacy system with all the safety innovations and design improvements the Onboard kit offers. It includes a TALON™ LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, a manual and electrical release cable, and an optional Onboard Weighing System. If you have an MD600N helicopter that has not been previously equipped with a hook, a cargo hook attach point kit is also available.

The TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook is designed to handle a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles, and eliminates the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently gets past the keeper. In addition, all Onboard hooks are designed to release 2.5 times rated load.  In an emergency situation, such as a long line snag, Onboard hooks give pilots a significant margin of safety in which to release the cargo load.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/26 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/26
<![CDATA[Onboard System's TALON Hydraulic Hook Approved for AS350 Sling Kit]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its revolutionary TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook has been STC certified by the FAA as part of a new sling suspension system for the Eurocopter AS350 aircraft. Onboard has also submitted this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

Onboard’s innovative TALON LC 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.

“This new product has been driven by our customers,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Now those operators who prefer working with the more compact sling system for the AS350 instead of the swing system can enjoy the easier installation and load security benefits of our hydraulic hook technology.”

The new AS350 sling hydraulic hook system is designed to mount to the single hard point on the belly of the aircraft. It includes both the fixed and removable provisions, as well as an innovative bumper ring that helps to protect the control cables. Because the sling system has a lower profile than the swing system, many operators have both configurations and switch between the two systems, depending on the external load mission they are working.
 
About Onboard Systems
Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK. 

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/25 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/25
<![CDATA[Enstrom Selects Onboard Systems Cargo Hook for the 280FX & F-28F Aircraft]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that Enstrom Helicopters has selected the TALON™ LC Keeperless Cargo Hook for factory installation on their 280FX and F-28F piston-powered helicopters. Enstrom previously selected this Onboard cargo hook for factory installation on their 480B aircraft in January 2008.

Known for their superior performance at high altitudes and in hot temperatures, the 280FX and F-28F models are popular with flight schools, businesses and law enforcement agencies. These customers will now be able to perform external load work using Onboard’s safe, reliable and cost-effective TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, which is designed to release 2.5 times the rated load. In an emergency situation—such as a longline snag—this important feature gives pilots a significant margin of safety in which to release the cargo load. In addition, the keeperless hook can safely use a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles, offering maximum flexibility for operators.

According to Tracy Biegler, Director of Sales & Marketing at Enstrom, “Our positive experience in adding Onboard’s hook to the 480B program earlier this year made it a logical next-step to offer this cargo hook on our other models. Enstrom takes great pride in expertly combining performance, safety and affordability in our aircraft, and Onboard’s demonstrated commitment to these same principles makes it easy to offer their cargo hook as another great option for our entire line of helicopters.”

“We are pleased that our TALON cargo hooks are now available for installation on multiple Enstrom helicopters,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Enstrom’s piston-powered helicopters are designed to work well in extreme environments, and we are confident that our products will enable these operators to safely perform external load work under the widest range of conditions possible.”

About Enstrom
Founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation manufactures a complete line of helicopters including the three-place, piston-powered F28F and 280FX, and the turbine-powered 480B. The 480B also is available as a three-place advanced trainer or as a three- to five-place VIP aircraft. For law enforcement applications, the 480B is known as the Guardian and the F28F is called the Sentinel.

About Onboard Systems
Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/24 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/24
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Awarded AW101 Cargo Hook Program]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has been awarded a contract to design and develop a new 3,000 KG (6,600 LB) external cargo hook system for the AW101 helicopter from AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Finmeccanica (ISE:FNC). The AW101 is a medium lift helicopter now in service throughout the world. It has a range of over 1,300 km and a cabin capable of carrying 30 passengers or over five tons of cargo and equipment. Two cargo hook installations are available for the aircraft with load capacities of 3,000 KG or 4,536 KG.

“Onboard Systems has already designed and developed a 4,536 KG heavy lift cargo hook solution for the AW101, and we are excited to build on this success to develop a new medium lift cargo hook system for the AW101,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard Systems. “The initial contract calls for delivery of prototype and production units, and as the medium lift cargo hooks are commonly specified equipment for these aircraft, this award is an exciting opportunity for us.”

The new medium lift cargo hook system will be based on the current heavy lift cargo hook configuration. The new 3,000 KG cargo hook will be used for coast guard, SAR, offshore operations, police and other public safety applications, in addition to military use.

About AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is a technology leader in its markets and has an unrivaled range of rotorcraft products designed to satisfy the requirements of commercial and military customers. The Company's products range from the innovative 2.8-ton single-engine AW119 Ke to the 16-ton three-engine AW101 helicopter. AgustaWestland places great emphasis on customer satisfaction, providing industry leading support and training solutions to its growing customer base. AgustaWestland has its main operations in Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

About Onboard Systems
Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/23 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/23
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Awarded CH-53K Cargo Hook Program]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has been awarded a subcontract to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the external cargo hook system for the CH-53K helicopter program from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Sikorsky is developing the model CH-53K aircraft under a United States Government system design and demonstration contract. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX)

“We are honored to be selected for this project,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Our emphasis on safety and innovation, as demonstrated by our experience in developing low weight, high strength external cargo systems for other military aircraft, such as the V-22 Osprey and the EH-101, led to Onboard Systems bidding on this opportunity. We are excited for the opportunity to develop the safest, most reliable external lifting equipment for the benefit of US Marines.”

The Sikorsky CH-53K helicopter will be the world's premier military heavy-lift helicopter, capable of lifting external loads up of 36,000 pounds.

“Our integrated design was robust, compact and will provide many safety and reliability advantages,” Lemmon added. “The CH-53K helicopter’s external cargo hook system consists of three cargo hook systems that can be operated independently, allowing the aircraft to simultaneously transport three different external sling loads.”

About Sikorsky
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. The company's mission statement reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every time™." United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

About Onboard
Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located in Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/22 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/22
<![CDATA[Transport Canada Certifies Onboard System's EC120 Cargo Hook Kit]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new cargo hook kit for the Eurocopter EC120 aircraft has been certified by Transport Canada. This kit is also certified by the FAA and EASA.

“EC120 operators who are interested in adding external lifting capabilities to their aircraft 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 built in travel limits, improved ground clearance 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 release, the new kit features a bumper ring and built-in travel limits to protect the hook and control cables from damage. The integrated weighing system improves safety, increases productivity and decreases repairs due to overstress and overload. The adjustable structural support cable allows for precise length adjustment to ensure balanced load sharing throughout the aircraft. The kit also offers improved ground clearance and all parts needed for complete installation.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/21 Mon, 03 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/21
<![CDATA[Onboard System's EC130 Swing Suspension System Receives FAA Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new cargo hook suspension system for the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft has been certified by the FAA. Onboard will also submit this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively. The newly certified suspension system will be on display at the HELI-EXPO 2008 convention on February 24-26th.

“EC130 operators who are interested in adding external lifting capabilities to their aircraft 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 to 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.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/20 Sat, 02 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/20
<![CDATA[Onboard System's EC120 Cargo Hook Kit Receives EASA Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new cargo hook kit for the Eurocopter EC120 aircraft has been certified by the EASA. The kit is currently certified by the FAA and is pending certification from Transport Canada.

“EC120 operators who are interested in adding external lifting capabilities to their aircraft 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 built in travel limits, improved ground clearance 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 release, the new kit features a bumper ring and built-in travel limits to protect the hook and control cables from damage. The integrated weighing system improves safety, increases productivity and decreases repairs due to overstress and overload. The adjustable structural support cable allows for precise length adjustment to ensure balanced load sharing throughout the aircraft. The kit also offers improved ground clearance and all parts needed for complete installation.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/19 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/19
<![CDATA[Enstrom Selects Onboard Systems Cargo Hook for the 480B Aircraft]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that Enstrom Helicopters has selected the TALON™ LC Keeperless Cargo Hook for factory installation on their 480B aircraft. Enstrom customers will now be able to experience the unprecedented safety features and lower maintenance costs offered by Onboard’s cargo hooks.

Onboard’s proven keeperless hook is designed to release 2.5 times the rated load. In an emergency situation—such as a longline snag—this important feature gives pilots a significant margin of safety in which to release the cargo load. In addition, the keeperless hook can safely use a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles, offering maximum flexibility for operators. Keepered hooks require use of very specific ring sizes and styles in order to prevent the possibility of losing a load that could slide past the keeper.

According to Tracy Biegler, Director of Sales & Marketing at Enstrom, “We were impressed with the high-quality and safety features of the Onboard cargo hook. The quality of the product and quick turnaround time hooks and spares that Onboard features matches the goals that Enstrom sets for itself. We are very pleased to be able to offer this hook as another great option on our line of helicopters.”

“We are delighted that our TALON cargo hook is now available to Enstrom customers,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard Systems. “We have been working with Enstrom since early 2006 on this project, and we look forward to the opportunity to give more operators access to the safest, most technologically innovative cargo hook equipment available today.”

About Enstrom 
Founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation manufactures a complete line of helicopters including the three-place, piston-powered F28F and 280FX, and the turbine-powered 480B. The 480B also is available as a three-place advanced trainer or as a three- to five-place VIP aircraft. For law enforcement applications, the 480B is known as the Guardian and the F28F is called the Sentinel.

About Onboard
Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/18 Wed, 02 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/18
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems EC120 Cargo Hook Kit Receives FAA Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new cargo hook kit for the Eurocopter EC120 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and is currently in production. Onboard has also submitted the kit to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

“EC120 operators who are interested in adding external lifting capabilities to their aircraft 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 built in travel limits, improved ground clearance 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 release, the new kit features a bumper ring and built-in travel limits to protect the hook and control cables from damage. The integrated weighing system improves safety, increases productivity and decreases repairs due to overstress and overload. The adjustable structural support cable allows for precise length adjustment to ensure balanced load sharing throughout the aircraft. The kit also offers improved ground clearance and all parts needed for complete installation.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/17 Thu, 06 Dec 2007 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/17
<![CDATA[Canadian Coast Guard Selects Onboard Systems Cargo Hooks for B0105 Fleet]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that Transport Canada has awarded them a contract to provide replacement hook kits for the Canadian Coast Guard’s entire Eurocopter BO105 fleet. The Canadian Coast Guard will replace their legacy cargo hook equipment over the next two years with Onboard’s newly certified hydraulic hook kit for the BO105.

According to Jason Lemmon, General Manager of Onboard Systems, “Transport Canada was experiencing increasing numbers of inadvertent cargo releases from the OEM cargo hook equipment on their BO105 helicopters. They asked us if we could provide a cost-effective replacement hook kit that would resolve their cargo release problem, and we were delighted to work with them to develop an appropriate solution.”

Excessive movement during external load operations can unintentionally activate an improperly rigged manual release cable on a cargo hook system, causing an inadvertent release of the load. The hydraulic system will only open the hook when the pilot activates the release handle—snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally dropping the cargo. In addition to the hydraulic release, the new kit features a bumper ring and improved positioning to further protect control cables and electrical connectors from damage.

“The FAA certified our new BO105 hydraulic hook kit in July, and Transport Canada certified the kit in September,” continued Lemmon. “The Canadian Coast Guard is hoping to begin installing the replacement kits on their fleet before the end of 2007.”

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/16 Fri, 12 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/16
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems Launches Automated Notification Service]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has established a new automated notification service for documentation updates. Customers can now visit the Onboard Systems website to self-register their Onboard Systems products, and if any of the product documentation is updated (or if a Service Bulletin is issued), they will automatically receive a fax or e-mail.

"This enhancement is one of the most requested services our customers have asked for, so we are pleased that we are now able to make it available to them," said Jason Lemmon, President of Onboard Systems International. "It gives our customers the ability to register their Onboard Products and receive proactive notifications about changes to documentation, certification updates and service bulletins, making it much easier to maintain current information."

The new product registration and automated notification service has been set up based on feedback from a recent customer survey. There is no charge to use this service, and customers can register their Onboard Systems products either by helicopter model or by part number.

To access the system, customers can visit the Customer Support area of the Onboard Systems website and choose "Document Update Service" from the menu and set up a User ID and password. Once registered, they can choose to receive their notifications by e-mail, fax, or both fax and e-mail, and they can also opt to receive notifications on an immediate, weekly or monthly basis.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/15 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/15
<![CDATA[Onboard Systems MD500 Hydraulic Hook Kit Receives FAA Certification]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new hydraulic cargo hook kit for the MD500 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and will begin production shortly. Onboard is also planning to submit the kit to Transport Canada so that it can be certified for use in Canada.

“The legacy hook installed on the MD500 has a history of inadvertent cargo releases, which have been traced back to improper rigging and routing of the manual release cable on this aircraft,” said Jason Lemmon, General Manager of Onboard Systems. “If the rigging isn’t set up properly, there may not be enough slack to allow for normal movement of the hook during external load operations, which could cause the hook to open unexpectedly. Our new kit features a hydraulic release cable that doesn’t require any rigging adjustments at installation, and offers a simplified route along the aircraft belly.”

Excessive movement during external load operations can unintentionally activate an improperly rigged manual release cable on a cargo hook system, causing an inadvertent release of the load. The hydraulic system presents a significant safety advantage because if the hydraulic cable gets snagged or damaged, it will not result in an accidental release of the cargo.

Another complaint operators have voiced about the legacy hook is that the manual release cable seems to wear out quickly, often requiring replacement every six months to a year. The new Onboard hydraulic cable is made of braided stainless steel and is very durable, making the new kit very cost-effective and easy to maintain over time.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

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Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/14 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/14
<![CDATA[ONBOARD'S BO105 HYDRAULIC HOOK FAA CERTIFIED]]> press release

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its new hydraulic cargo hook kit for the Eurocopter BO105 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and is now in production. The kit has also been submitted to Transport Canada, and should be certified for use in Canada in the near future.

According to Jason Lemmon, General Manager of Onboard Systems, “Our new hydraulic hook kit was designed to eliminate increasing numbers of inadvertent cargo releases from the legacy cargo hook equipment on the BO105 helicopters. Our new replacement cargo hook kit provides a cost-effective solution to this problem.”

Excessive movement during external load operations can unintentionally activate the manual release cable on an improperly rigged cargo hook system, causing an inadvertent release of the load. The hydraulic system will only open the hook when the pilot activates the release handle—snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally dropping the cargo. In addition to the hydraulic release, the new kit features a bumper ring and improved positioning to further protect control cables and electrical connectors from damage.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/12 Wed, 25 Jul 2007 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/12
<![CDATA[ONBOARD BECOMES DISTRIBUTOR FOR BARRY® LONGLINES]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it signed an agreement to become an authorized distributor of helicopter longline and cargo net equipment from Barry Cordage, Ltd. Based in Montreal, Canada. Barry has been designing and manufacturing high-quality, industrial-grade cordage, nets and textiles since 1978 and is internationally renowned for their emphasis on product safety, quality and innovation.

“Onboard Systems specializes in making innovative, high-quality cargo hook equipment for our customers, who often ask if we can provide them with longlines, cargo nets and barrel slings to use with their Onboard hooks,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “We are committed to the highest standards for quality and safety in all of our products, and we are confident that our new distribution arrangement with Barry will allow us to better serve our customers by carrying their rugged, durable and competitively priced products.”

“We are very pleased to have Onboard Systems as a distributor for our helicopter product line,” said Peter Barry, President of Barry Cordage, Ltd. “We know that Onboard has developed a large, international client base because of their emphasis on quality and safety, so this arrangement is a good fit for both companies. We are confident that Onboard’s customers will be extremely pleased with Barry’s quality and workmanship as they use our products, and will also enjoy the convenience of being able to order longlines, nets and slings along with their cargo hook equipment.”

Onboard Systems International designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Barry Cordage Ltd. designs, engineers, provides and installs rope and net-based solutions for the helicopter industry. Barry helps clients to reduce the frequency and severity of injury and damage while also increasing their operational effectiveness. Barry also offers training, testing and certification services for the industrial, aeronautical, sport and entertainment markets. Founded in 1978, Barry Cordage is located in Montreal, Canada. 

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/11 Tue, 29 May 2007 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/11
<![CDATA[ONBOARD'S AS350 SWING SYSTEM CERTIFIED FOR BRAZIL]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its Swing Suspension System for the Eurocopter AS350 has been certified for use in Brazil by the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC). 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 external load work,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “In addition to its innovative safety features, our swing system’s competitive purchase price and low ongoing maintenance costs offer unprecedented value for operators around the world.”

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 a low-weight, damage resistant design, reliable Onboard Weigh System and their choice of one of Onboard’s advanced-technology hooks.

Onboard Systems International designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/10 Tue, 22 May 2007 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/10
<![CDATA[TALON CARGO HOOK CERTIFIED FOR EUROCOPTER EC 145]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its TALON™ LC Keeperless Cargo Hook has received STC certification from the FAA for use on the EC 145 helicopter. The EC 145 is a twin-engine, light utility helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter for use by civilian, government, and military operators—including the United States Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program in 2006. Designated as the UH-72A Lakota by the Department of Defense, it will primarily be used by the National Guard in support of homeland security missions ranging from general support and medical evacuation to personnel recovery and counter-narcotics operations.

“The EC 145 is one of Eurocopter’s newest and most versatile helicopters, so securing FAA certification for our TALON hook on the EC 145 was important to us,” said Jason Lemmon, President & General Manager of Onboard Systems. “Now EC 145 operators in the US will be able to enjoy the high reliability, increased safety and lower maintenance costs of the TALON cargo hook on their aircraft. We also anticipate significant international interest as we receive certification from Transport Canada, EASA and other foreign regulatory agencies.”

With hundreds of units in operation worldwide, the TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook has a proven track record of safety and reliability. It provides operators with easy, one-handed loading for a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while minimizing the risk of inadvertent cargo loss. In addition to their attractive initial cost, on-going maintenance costs are significantly reduced because operators can overhaul the hook themselves using spares and parts that are readily available from stock.

Onboard Systems International designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/9 Fri, 02 Mar 2007 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/9
<![CDATA[FAST ROPE CARGO HOOK SELECTED FOR NH90 PROGRAM]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has been selected as the sole supplier of fast rope cargo hooks for the NH90 Helicopter Program. Fast roping is an air assault maneuver that rapidly inserts soldiers into a combat situation without the need to land an aircraft.

“Our fast rope cargo hook had previously passed a high level of rigorous qualification testing for use in AgustaWestland's EH101 and Lynx aircraft,” said Jason Lemmon, General Manager for Onboard Systems. “We are extremely pleased that our hook's proven design, lower system weight and state-of-the art safety innovations allowed us to provide Eurocopter with an economical, off-the-shelf solution that also met their stringent requirements.”

In addition to having lower maintenance costs and a lower system weight than other fast rope hook systems, Onboard's fast rope cargo hook system offers greater release safety ratings than comparable models. “One of the primary reasons that Eurocopter was interested in working with us was due to the high level of release safety engineered into our hooks,” Lemmon added. “In an emergency situation—for example, if a rope got snagged on the ground—the fast rope would exert such a tremendous force on the helicopter that the hook mechanism could fail to open, crashing the aircraft. We provide one of largest built-in safety margins in the industry, which significantly reduces the risk of hook release failure.”

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/7 Fri, 15 Dec 2006 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/7
<![CDATA[NEW SAFETY GUARD PREVENTS ACCIDENTAL FUEL RELEASE]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, is pleased to announce the availability of its new FAA STC approved Eurocopter AS350 Fuel Drain Guard Kit. This mechanical guard protects the fuel drain valve from contact with the cargo hook swing or uneven terrain, preventing an inadvertent release of fuel—a vital safety improvement. The kit is quick and easy to install, interfacing with the existing Eurocopter valve, lever, and control cable. The result is an exceptional level of fuel security for this versatile aircraft.

“The guard was introduced in direct response to ongoing safety issues with the Eurocopter fuel drain lever assembly,” said Karsten Lemmon, Director of Marketing for Onboard Systems. “The Eurocopter fuel drain was never designed for operators wanting to perform external load work with their aircraft. The operators who did cargo hook work either had to remove the lever and the convenience associated with it or risk losing fuel during operations. This new guard kit overcomes these aircraft limitations making the AS350 a safer and more versatile aircraft.”

The placement of the Eurocopter AS350 fuel drain valve makes the system vulnerable to uncommanded fuel releases. These can happen when landing on snow or uneven ground. When the skid gear sinks into unstable terrain, the cargo-hook swing frame can push upward, into the fuel drain valve, opening it and causing fuel to drain out. The valve can also be opened during flight by the swing frame flying into the belly of the aircraft with no load, or from the recoil effects of heavy cargo-hook releases. Onboard Systems' Fuel Drain Guard Kit makes these scenarios virtually impossible.

With its efficient, effective design, Onboard Systems Eurocopter AS350 Fuel Drain Guard Kit greatly increases the level of security for this aircraft. The kit is compatible with aircraft equipped with the Onboard or Eurocopter Swing System. Owners and operators of Eurocopter AS350 helicopters should consider it a must-have safety measure against preventable accidents.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/6 Mon, 15 Aug 2005 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/6
<![CDATA[NEW CARGO HOOK RAISES INDUSTRY STANDARD]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, is pleased to announce receipt of FAA approval of the Onboard Systems TALON™ LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook. This latest innovation from industry leader Onboard Systems greatly increases the security of helicopter cargo hook loads by addressing the safety issues with the existing cargo hook system, making Eurocopter AS350 external load operations safer, more productive and profitable than ever before.

The AS350 swing frame experiences a large amount of movement during external load operations. This requires the manual release cable to be routed and rigged to very exact specifications. Otherwise, the cargo hook release mechanism may be accidentally activated by the release cable and cause an inadvertent release of the load.

The new TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook utilizes a hydraulically activated release mechanism that takes the place of the traditional manual release cable. This new release system requires no rigging, is conveniently routed with the electrical release cable and is unaffected by the movement of the cargo hook—significantly decreasing the chance of an inadvertent load loss. Furthermore, it is as easy to use as existing technology, yet greatly increases safety and productivity through more secure load operations.

“We are proud to introduce the TALON LC Hydraulic as a significant safety innovation in cargo hook technology,” said Jason Lemmon, General Manager for Onboard Systems. “This new hook system provides AS350 helicopter operators worldwide with the safest hook design available.”

The TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook is patent pending and certified for use on the complete Onboard Systems AS 350 Swing Cargo Hook System.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/5 Tue, 01 Feb 2005 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/5
<![CDATA[NEW AS355 CARGO HOOK SWING ADDS VERSATILITY]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced receipt of FAA STC certification for a complete cargo hook swing kit designed for the Eurocopter AS355 aircraft. Designed to reduce damage to the hook and cables, the new system is similar to Onboard's popular AS350 swing kit and offers several key advantages over the standard OEM equipment.

Damage to the hook and cables are common problems found on the Eurocopter swing system, but the new Onboard swing kit has built-in travel limits and an innovative bumper ring that protects the cargo hook and control cables from striking the frame. In addition, the kit utilizes the proven TALON™ LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, which allows the operator to safely use a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while minimizing the risk of inadvertent cargo loss.

Users of the Onboard Systems AS350 Swing System have already come to depend on this added protection to keep them up and profitable throughout long contracts, and the company expects that AS355 operators will also welcome this latest technology development. “The AS355 aircraft has traditionally been used for executive transport, but this ship also makes an excellent utility aircraft,” said Karsten Lemmon, Director of Marketing for Onboard Systems. “Now AS355 operators have an economical option for setting up existing aircraft for external load work. This allows them to put existing aircraft to work on additional contracts and boost their profitability.”

In addition to offering easy, one-handed loading, the Talon LC Keeperless Hook are designed to reduce on-going maintenance costs, as operators can overhaul this hook themselves. Spare parts are readily available from stock, and the hooks themselves can be purchased for considerably less than hooks from other manufacturers. The TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook is also certified for use on many other light aircraft including Bell, Eurocopter and McDonnell Douglas models.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/4 Fri, 28 May 2004 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/4
<![CDATA[EUROCOPTER FRANCE CHOOSES ONBOARD SYSTEMS CARGO HOOKS]]> press release

Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, was awarded a contract from Eurocopter France to provide an initial batch of its TALON™ LC Keeperless Hooks for factory-installation on new AS350 B2 and B3 Aircraft. The decision to select Onboard Systems hooks was largely influenced by Eurocopter's own customers. Many operators have been requesting installation of the Onboard hooks at the factory for years due to their high reliability, increased safety and lower maintenance costs.

“We are very pleased that Eurocopter France has made the decision to install our cargo hooks at their factory,” said Jason Lemmon, General Manager of Onboard Systems. “This will provide a tremendous advantage to the AS350 operators, as they will now have factory-approved access to a safer, more reliable cargo hook that will also significantly reduce their on-going maintenance costs.”

The TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook has a proven track record of safety and reliability with hundreds of units in operation worldwide. It allows the operator to safely use a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles while minimizing the risk of inadvertent cargo loss. In addition, the maintenance costs are significantly reduced, as the operators have the option to overhaul the hook themselves using spares and parts that are readily available from stock. The TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook is also certified for use on many other light aircraft including Bell, Eurocopter and McDonnell Douglas models.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/3 Fri, 12 Mar 2004 00:00:00 -0800 http://www.onboardsystems.com/news/3
<![CDATA[TALON CARGO HOOK KIT APPROVED FOR POPULAR R44 RAVEN II]]> Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced receipt of both FAA STC and Transport Canada certification for its TALON™ Cargo Hook kit for the Raven II. Now eager Raven II owners can take advantage of all the technology benefits offered by Onboard’s innovative cargo hook line. In addition, the new certifications represent a special milestone for the company, as Onboard now offers complete hook kits for all of Robinson's R22 and R44 models.

“We are very excited about the recent U.S. and Canada approvals for the Raven II TALON Hook Kit,” said Jason Lemmon, General Manager for Onboard Systems. “The Raven II makes an ideal light utility ship for external load work, and operators are finding that they can fully exercise all of that muscle with our TALON Cargo Hook Kit.”

The newly approved hook kit for the R44 Raven II will especially enhance the capabilities of this aircraft, which is the strongest of Robinson's top selling line of affordable light helicopters. Cargo hooks turn power into profit, and the high-performance R44’s increased speed, altitude range and greater payload capacity make it the perfect candidate for tough cargo hook jobs.

The TALON hook system for the R44 weighs only 5 pounds and extends just 7 inches from the aircraft skin, preserving the Raven II's aerodynamic lines and leaving ample ground clearance. The keeperless hook design handles a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles, and eliminates the possibility of losing a load that inadvertently gets past the keeper. Finally, an optional weighing system helps pilots instantly determine the exact weight of the cargo on the hook.

Adding this system to a Robinson R44 Raven II instantly adds to the performance of this popular versatile aircraft. The new Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit includes all the components required for full installation on the Raven II, which can be performed quickly and easily with readily available tools. Once installed, operators will enjoy significant release safety and lower maintenance costs, with the ability to overhaul the hooks themselves with parts that readily available from stock.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON™ brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.

Contact: Sheri Gormley, 360-546-3072

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We maintain a large inventory of products, spare parts, and complete systems on site, allowing immediate shipment of most items. So while other manufacturers may put you on a waiting list for months, we’re able to ship most equipment the same day it's ordered.

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