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DART announces approval of electric step for Bell 412

October 5, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Oct. 5, 2011, Oceanside, Ca. - DART Helicopter Services announces Transport Canada Approval of DART Aerospace’s Electric Step Replacement Pneumatic Actuator for the Bell 412/412EP model of aircraft.  FAA approval has been previously received.

The DART Step Actuator Release System replaces electrical linear step actuators with pneumatic actuators. This modification is designed to permit the passenger steps to remain in the extended position at all times with the exception of any actual float inflation. During float inflation, nitrogen released from the storage bottle will cause the actuators to retract and allow the passenger steps to free fall or be forced down by the inflating bag.
Product Features:
• Reduce maintenance costs
• Reduce downtime
• Quick & easy installation
“This is an economical kit for Bell 412 operators with floats that allows them to continue to use their existing step while ensuring compatibility in the event of float deployment.”  Quote Bill Beckett, DART Helicopter Services VP Canadian Operations.


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