Get the 411 on Cargo Hook Equipment for the Bell 407

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Bell 407 Open Beam System
Figure 1: Close-up of a Bell 407 with an OEM open-beam trolley cargo hook suspension system fitted with an Onboard Systems TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook

 

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Figure 2: Onboard Systems closed-beam trolley cargo hook suspension system for the Bell 206L and Bell 407 P/N 200-258-01)

The Bell 407 is a popular utility aircraft, first put into service in 1996. Over the years, this aircraft has gone through many upgrades and improvements – and that includes the external cargo hook equipment. As the 407 is a derivative model of the Bell 206L aircraft, the original factory-installed cargo hook on the Bell 407 was based on the Bell 206L cargo hook suspension system. As many operators know, that suspension system was an “open beam” trolley design (see Figure 1) that allowed the load to shift side-to-side along an exposed suspension system track.

In 1997, Onboard Systems received certification for a “closed beam” trolley design (see Figure 2) for use on both the Bell 206L and 407 aircraft. This cargo hook system is only available through Onboard Systems.

In 2007, Onboard Systems worked with Bell Helicopters to develop a “fixed beam” design (see Figure 3) exclusively for the 407. This cargo hook system is available for factory installation by Bell, or as an after-market purchase directly from Onboard Systems.

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Figure 3: Onboard Systems fixed-beam cargo hook suspension system for the Bell 407 (P/N 200-329-00)

As cargo hook technology has evolved, Onboard continues to introduce new cargo hook systems for the Bell 407 that incorporate all of the latest safety improvements. Consequently, for operators looking to install a cargo hook system on a new or used Bell 407, there are a large number of cargo kit options available to consider. For those looking to compare the the options, we are pleased to present this “411 Guide to Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kits.”

TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kits

  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook (P/N 200-296-00) — If you want to have a cargo hook kit installed by Bell Helicopters, this is the kit they will install for you. This kit is exclusively available for OEM factory installation under BELL P/N 206-706-341-141A.
     
  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook (P/N 200-329-00) — If you have a Bell 407 with (1) an OEM open-beam suspension system, or (2) an Onboard Systems closed-beam suspension system already installed, and you want to upgrade to a fixed-beam suspension system with a keeperless cargo hook, this is a kit to consider. It does not include the fixed provisions (i.e., the pillow block attachment brackets that are mounted onto the belly of the aircraft), so if you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, you will also need to purchase the Bell 407 Cargo Hook Fixed Provisions Kit (P/N 200-328-00).
     
  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, Fixed Provisions and Onboard Weighing System (P/N: 200-403-00) — If you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, and you want a load weighing system, this is an ideal kit to consider because it includes everything: the fixed beam suspension system, the cargo hook, the fixed provisions, and an Onboard Weighing System.

TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kits with Surefire Release Technology

  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with Surefire TALON LC Keeperless Hook (P/N 200-329-10) — If you have a Bell 407 with (1) an OEM open-beam suspension system, or (2) an Onboard Systems closed-beam suspension system already installed, and you want to upgrade to a fixed-beam suspension system with a keeperless cargo hook, this is a kit to consider. It does not include the fixed provisions (i.e., the pillow block attachment brackets that are mounted onto the belly of the aircraft), so if you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, you will also need to purchase the Bell 407 Cargo Hook Fixed Provisions Kit (P/N 200-328-00).
TALON LC Keeperless Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-259-02)
Figure 4: TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Fixed Provisions and Onboard Weighing System with 28VDC backlighting (P/N 200-413-10)

TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook Kits

  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook and Fixed Provisions (P/N: 200-412-00) If you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, and you want the extra security of the TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, and/or the option to install the release handle for either right or left-hand pilot in command, this is a kit to consider.
     
  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, Fixed Provisions and Onboard Weighing System (P/N: 200-413-00) — If you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, and you want the extra security of the TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook with a load weighing system, this is an ideal kit to consider because it includes everything: the fixed beam suspension system, the cargo hook, the fixed provisions, and an Onboard Weighing System. It also provides the option to install the release handle for either right or left-hand pilot in command.
     
  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with TALON LC Hydraulic Hook, Fixed Provisions & Onboard Weighing System with 5V backlighting system (P/N 200-413-01) — If you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, and you want the extra security of the TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook with a load weighing system to meet a 5-volt backlighting requirement, this is an ideal kit to consider because it includes everything: the fixed beam suspension system, the cargo hook, the fixed provisions, and an Onboard Weighing System. It also provides the option to install the release handle for either right or left-hand pilot in command.

TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook Kits with Surefire Release Technology

  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with TALON LC Hydraulic Hook with Surefire & Fixed Provisions (P/N/ 200-412-10) — If you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, and you want the extra security of the TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook with Surefire Release technology, and/or the option to install the release handle for either right or left-hand pilot in command, this is a kit to consider.
     
  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with Surefire TALON LC Hydraulic Hook, Fixed Provisions & Onboard Weighing System
    with 28VDC backlighting system (P/N 200-413-10)
    — If you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, and you want the extra security of the TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook with Surefire Release Technology with a load weighing system to meet a 28-volt backlighting requirement, this is an ideal kit to consider because it includes everything: the fixed beam suspension system, the cargo hook, the fixed provisions, and an Onboard Weighing System. It also provides the option to install the release handle for either right or left-hand pilot in command.
     
  • Bell 407 Cargo Hook Kit with Surefire TALON LC Hydraulic Hook, Fixed Provisions & Onboard Weighing System
    5VDC back lighting system for C-39 indicator (P/N 200-413-11)
    — If you are setting up a new or existing Bell 407 for external loadwork, and you want the extra security of the TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook with Surefire Release Technology with a load weighing system to meet a 5-volt backlighting requirement, this is an ideal kit to consider because it includes everything: the fixed beam suspension system, the cargo hook, the fixed provisions, and an Onboard Weighing System. It also provides the option to install the release handle for either right or left-hand pilot in command.

Replacement Kits

  • Bell 206L/407 Replacement TALON LC Keeperless Cargo Hook Kit (P/N 200-260-01) — If you have a Bell 407 with an OEM open-beam suspension system, and would like to replace the OEM cargo hook with an Onboard Systems Talon LC Keeperless Cargo Hook, this is the kit for you.

Onboard Weighing Systems

  • Model E-72 Onboard Weighing System (P/N: 200-040-04) — If you have a Bell 407 with an OEM open-beam suspension system already installed, and would like to add a load weighing system, this is the kit for you.
     
  • Model E-85 Onboard Weighing System (P/N: 200-245-00) — If you have a Bell 407 with an Onboard Systems closed-beam suspension system already installed, and would like to add a load weighing system, this is the kit for you.
     
  • Model E-87 Onboard Weighing System (P/N: 200-331-00) — If you have a Bell 407 with a Bell factory-installed fixed beam suspension system, or an Onboard Systems fixed beam suspension system already installed, and would like to add a load weighing system, this is the kit for you.
     
  • Model E-90 Onboard Weighing System (P/N: 200-400-00) — If you have a Bell 407 with a TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook already installed, and would like to add a load weighing system, this is the kit for you.

Upgrade Kits

  • Bell 407 Hydraulic Hook Upgrade Kit (P/N 200-414-00) — If you already have a Bell 407 with an Onboard Systems suspension system with a Talon LC Keeperless Cargo Hook installed, you can use this kit to upgrade to the TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook.
     
  • Bell 407 Secondary Hardpoint Kit (P/N 200-441-00) — Our secondary hardpoint kit provides an STC-certified solution to meet contract requirements for a secondary hook, which can utilize 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).

 


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