Onboard Systems Unveils New Cargo Hook Suspension System for the AgustaWestland A109/119 Aircraft

Sunday, March 6, 2011

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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