Onboard Systems Showcases New HEC Dual Cargo Hook System for Bell 429 at the 2023 Heli-Expo

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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Onboard Systems will debut an advanced prototype of its TALON® HEC Dual Cargo Hook kit for the Bell 429 at the 2023 HAI Heli-Expo tradeshow in Atlanta, Georgia on March 7-9th. The new Bell 429 kit will provide an STC-certified solution for a variety of CFR Part 133 external load missions, including HEC, high-value cargo transport, utility line work, short haul, and search & rescue. With the Y-rope attached to both cargo hooks, the dual cargo hook system load limit is 1,322 lbs. (600 kg) for HEC missions.

Bell 412 HEC Dual Cargo Hook System
HEC Dual Cargo Hook System prototype for the Bell 429

“Onboard is dedicated to providing the safest, most reliable external load mission equipment, along with industry-leading customer support and lead times," said Mike Fox, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Onboard Systems. “We will continue to develop and certify HEC systems for additional aircraft in the near future in order to meet the challenging mission demands of our customers.”

The new Bell 429 human external cargo (HEC) hook system is in the final development stages, and launch customer Capitol Helicopters of Sacramento, California is providing fit-check and flight test assistance for the kit’s STC certification. According to Casey Ross, Director of Operations for Capitol Helicopters, “Onboard’s cargo hook systems are extremely reliable, and easy to operate and maintain. This, coupled with Onboard’s customer service and support provides a much-needed resource for our operation, and we look forward to being able to add the new Onboard dual hook system to each of the Bell 429’s in our fleet.”

Capitol Helicopters at Onboard Heli-Expo booth
Part of the the Capitol Helicopters team stopped by the Onboard Systems Heli-Expo booth in front of the Bell 429 HEC Dual Cargo Hook System display. Left to right: Michael Verdooner, Chief Pilot (Capitol), Mike Fox, VP Sales/Marketing (Onboard), Casey Ross, Operations Director (Capitol), Kaysha Ross, CEO/President (Capitol), Cory VanBuskirk, President (Onboard)

Onboard's Bell 429 HEC dual cargo hook kit is comprised of a complete system of fixed provisions, controls, and dual TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hooks mounted to a lightweight frame. This kit can be installed on an aircraft with no prior cargo hook installation, and is also compatible with Bell dual hook factory fixed provisions. The Onboard Systems kit offers improved ground clearance and enhanced safety features such as keeperless hooks that eliminate dynamic rollout, a high-reliability hydraulic backup release system, and an optional Onboard Weighing System. Onboard Systems will be at their Heli-Expo booth (C2020) with a large display of external load mission equipment including cargo hooks, load weighing systems, and HEC-specific equipment.


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