Onboard Systems Non-Rotating Cargo Hook Kits for the Bell 204, 205, 212 & 412 Now Certified by FAA

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Bell 204, 205, 212, 412 Non-Rotating Cargo Hook SystemOnboard Systems announced that its non-rotating cargo hook kits for the Bell 204, 205, 212 and 412 aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard will also submit these systems to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

Go to videoThese robust, sleek and lightweight suspension systems are manufactured using stainless steel and aluminum components and feature the reliable and user-friendly TALON® MC Keeperless Cargo Hook. They are also the first cargo hook kits to feature Onboard’s new Surefire™ cargo hook release technology option. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button to guard against inadvertent releases caused by accidental contact with the release button during flight.

“We’ve had a number of customer requests for a non-rotating hook for these Bell aircraft over the years,” said Karsten Lemmon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “These new cargo hook systems are designed specifically for operators whose external load missions require non-rotating loads, such as back burning, fertilizer spreading, and firefighting, to name a few. Between the simplified design, reduced total part count, and extended service intervals, we are confident that our non-rotating cargo hook kits will be well-received by external load operators of these Bell aircraft.”

Onboard’s non-rotating cargo hook systems are designed to reduce ongoing maintenance expenses and lifetime cost of ownership as compared to previous designs. The cargo hook kits feature stainless steel tension straps instead of the cables used on other non-rotating cargo systems. The straps are easier to inspect than cables, which tend to fail in fatigue from the inside out under torsion. The stainless steel straps share the load equally, regardless of the amount of twist in the suspension system, increasing load safety and product longevity. In addition, the manual and electrical release cables are routed within a rugged conduit for maximum protection, and the low-friction bumper ring results in less twisting as the bumper contacts the airframe, reducing torque inputs to the hardpoint.

In addition to the Surefire option, there are also kit options for an integrated Onboard Weighing System, which allows pilots to instantly know the weight of the cargo on the hook, reducing the risk of overload airframe stress and helps the pilot make more informed aircraft loading decisions. An optional NVG backlighting system for the cockpit indicator is available as well.

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