Canadian Coast Guard Selects Onboard Cargo Hooks
December 10, 2007 By Corrie
Oct.12, 2007 - Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that Transport Canada has awarded them a contract to provide replacement hook kits for the Canadian Coast Guard’s entire Eurocopter BO105 fleet.
Oct.12, 2007 – Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook
equipment, announced that Transport Canada has awarded them a contract
to provide replacement hook kits for the Canadian Coast Guard’s entire
Eurocopter BO105 fleet. The Canadian Coast Guard will replace their
legacy cargo hook equipment over the next two years with Onboard’s
newly certified hydraulic hook kit for the BO105.
According to Jason Lemmon, General Manager of Onboard Systems,
“Transport Canada was experiencing increasing numbers of inadvertent
cargo releases from the OEM cargo hook equipment on their BO105
helicopters. They asked us if we could provide a cost-effective
replacement hook kit that would resolve their cargo release problem,
and we were delighted to work with them to develop an appropriate
Excessive movement during external load operations can unintentionally
activate an improperly rigged manual release cable on a cargo hook
system, causing an inadvertent release of the load. The hydraulic
system will only open the hook when the pilot activates the release
handle—snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally
dropping the cargo. In addition to the hydraulic release, the new kit
features a bumper ring and improved positioning to further protect
control cables and electrical connectors from damage.
“The FAA certified our new BO105 hydraulic hook kit in July, and
Transport Canada certified the kit in September,” continued Lemmon.
“The Canadian Coast Guard is hoping to begin installing the replacement
kits on their fleet before the end of 2007.”
Onboard Systems, 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
US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international
sales office in the UK.