DART announces Transport Canada approval of cable cutter kits
August 25, 2010, Oceanside, Ca. - DART Helicopter Services' announces that their subsidiary partner Apical Industries has received Transport Canada approval or their new Cable Cutters Kits for Bell 206A, B, L, L-1, L-3, L-4 helicopters. FAA and EASA approvals have been previously received.
By Carey Fredericks
Cutters Kits provide a means of protecting the helicopter during a wire
strike by providing the capability to cut a cable or wire before catastrophic
damage occurs. The kit is designed
to reduce the possibility of a cable or wire entering the cockpit and to reduce
the chance of flight control damage.
Similar cable/wire cutting devices have proven to be effective even
during multiple wire strikes. The
kit incorporates both an upper and lower cutter and each cutter is designed
with high strength cutting blades.
The Apical cutter design was tested to verify the capability to cut a
cable having a 14,000 lb tensile strength. The kits are available in either high or low landing gear
configurations. An optional GPS
Antenna Mount Kit is also available, which allows the antenna to be placed on
the upper cutter deflector for ideal positioning of the antenna.