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Automatic Lid Opener Kit for DART heli-utility-basket

gas_springNov. 26, 2009 – DART Helicopter Services and DART Aerospace Ltd., have received Transport Canada, FAA, EASA and Brazilian approval of their Automatic Lid Opener for the heli-utility-basket for the AS 350/AS 355 aircraft.


November 26, 2009
By Administrator

Nov. 26, 2009 – DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received Transport Canada, FAA, EASA and Brazilian approval of their Automatic Lid Opener for the heli-utility-basket for the AS 350/AS 355 aircraft.

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The DART Automatic Lid Opener Kit upgrades any DART Heli-Utility-Basket™ by removing the original prop arm and replacing it with a sturdy stainless steel gas spring.

The gas spring mounts to the end of the basket and assists in opening and closing of the lid as well as holding it in the open position.  When in the closed position, the gas spring keeps the lid down.  In contrast to a prop arm, the gas spring does not require the operator to manually release a lock in order to close the basket.

Product Spec’s:

  • Modifies any D350-607-041/-043/-045/-047 DART Heli-Utility Basket
  • Split-Lid baskets open wider than with prop arm
  • One handed closure
  • Assists with opening and closing
  • Keeps lid in either open or closed position

“The helicopter industry today faces ever increasing challenges in costs and operations.  This climate demands that manufacturers continually rise to the challenge of creating new products but also of updating and improving existing products.  The Automatic Lid Opener is a cost effective upgrade that improves the functionality of the DART baskets and also provides additional safety features.”  Quote Bill Beckett, General Manager, DART Aerospace Ltd.


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