EASA approves Dart EFS
January 3, 2019 By Helicopters Staff
DART Aerospace of Hawkesbury, Ontario, received certification from EASA for its Emergency Float System (EFS), designed exclusively for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. With STC approvals granted by FAA, TCCA, and JCAB last year, the six-pod EFS is available as a factory installation or retrofit option.
“We’re pleased to be given the greenlight to promote and distribute the EFS in Europe where there is a consistently high demand for Light Bell aircraft,” said Wesley Reid, product strategy and business development manager for mission equipment at DART Aerospace. “The product is in service worldwide and we are confident it will have a strong reception in Europe.”
Designed and manufactured by DART in collaboration with Bell, the EFS has a tri-bag design for greater stability, a custom-made lightweight urethane-coated fabric and includes skid extensions, among other features. The EFS is eligible for worldwide R&O support. DART’s first EFS was delivered to the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) in April 2018.