Typical Overhaul
5 years/1,000 hours

MD900 Series

Cargo Hook Kit with TALON LC Hydraulic Hook

If you opt for a cargo hook system on your MD Explorer aircraft, you'll be glad to know it's from Onboard Systems. MD Helicopters worked directly with Onboard to develop a state-of-the-art cargo hook system for the MD900 series aircraft, and it shows!

Onboard's cargo hook kit for the MD Explorer aircraft allows operators to expand their capabilities. Long-life bushings at each wearing joint and anodizing better protect against salt corrosion in marine environments. Built-in travel limits help prevent damage to the cargo hook and control cables — minimizing the risk of an indavertent release. The optional Onboard Weighing System helps pilots know the exact weight of their load.

NOTE: Available exclusively through MD Helicopters for models MD 900 and MD 902

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  • Low Maintenance:The cargo hook and attach linkage are easily maintained with bushings at all wearing joints.
  • Built-in Protection:Travel limits and bumper ring keep the hook and cables from striking the airframe, protecting your aircraft and your cargo hook system.
  • Optional Onboard Weighing System:Allows pilots to instantly know the cargo weight on the hook. Reduces the risk of overload airframe stress and helps the pilot make more informed aircraft loading decisions.
  • Release Safety:Onboard cargo hooks are designed to release 2.5 times rated load. In an emergency situation, such as a longline snag, Onboard hooks give pilots a significant margin of safety in which to release the cargo load.
  • TALON® LC Hydraulic Hook:Our hydraulic hook greatly increases load security by using a hydraulically activated release mechanism instead of a traditional manual release cable.
  • The Onboard Advantage:Our cargo hook kits can be installed on new or existing aircraft using standard hand tools. Time between overhauls is five years or 1,000 operating hours. And because Onboard Systems maintains a large inventory of cargo hook kits and spare parts, we can usually ship your order out quickly.
Why Onboard

We maintain a large inventory of products, spare parts, and complete systems on site, allowing fast shipment of most items. While other manufacturers may put you on a waiting list for months, Onboard is able to turn around orders quickly — oftentimes the same day your payment is received. View our shipping policy here