Shop Talk: Mechanical Release Cables
Friday, March 31, 2017
To ensure safe operation, cargo hook manual release cables require extreme care during installation, use, and maintenance.
Routing to avoid strain
After installing the manual release cable, make sure the cargo hook can swing freely in all directions. If the cargo hook strains against the release cable and the conduit separates from the swaged end fitting (see Figure 1), an uncommanded load release may result.
Proper free play
Ensure that the specified amount of cable free play is present (see Figure 2) at the time of installation and before each use. Adjustments must be made while the cargo hook is in the closed and locked position. Be sure that the lines in the "Locked" indicator window meet up to ensure that the hook is closed and locked properly before proceeding. An improperly adjusted mechanical release cable may cause an uncommanded release of your load.
Replace upon condition
It should be noted that mechanical release cables are wearable items and must be replaced as condition requires (see Figure 3). For example, any of the following conditions are cause for immediate replacement of the manual release cable:
- Conduit is broken or kinked
- Inner cable has kinks
- Cable is frayed
- "Sticky" operation of the cargo hook release button in the cockpit
You should check the condition of the manual release cable prior to every external load mission.
Please review the applicable user documentation for additional information on installing, operating, and maintaining your equipment, which can be found on our website. You can also review our Mechanical Release Cable Warning Sheet.
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