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DART Helicopter Services announces Transport Canada approval of DART Round-I-BeamT Skidtubes

heliDART Helicopter Services has announced that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received Transport Canada approval of their revolutionary Round-I-Beam™ skidtube for the Eurocopter BK117A1/A3/A4/B1/B2/C1 model aircraft.


October 10, 2008
By Administrator

heliDART Helicopter Services has announced that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received Transport Canada approval of their revolutionary Round-I-Beam™ skidtube for the Eurocopter BK117A1/A3/A4/B1/B2/C1 model aircraft. FAA approval has previously been received and the EASA application has been submitted for approval.

The Dart Round-I-Beam™ skidtube has long been a staple in the rotary wing industry and has received recognition around the globe for providing a high quality, easy to install and durable skidtube solution. In recent years, Dart has extended the advantages of Round-I-Beam™ technology to an ever increasing variety of aircraft, including Light and Medium Bell, Eurocopter AS350/355, BO 105, SA 315, EC 135 and now the BK 117.

DART Round-I-Beam™ skidtubes for Eurocopter BK 117 aircraft are LH/RH interchangeable. The central I-beam web in DART skidtubes absorbs most of the impact on landing so the tube maintains its structural integrity and, even with the addition of a central web, the weight is comparable to that of conventional skidtubes.  DART BK117skidtubes come complete with full length stainless steel wearplates that are installed with a protective membrane between the tube and the wearplate, virtually eliminating any galvanic corrosion

Other features of DART’s Round-I-Beam™ BK117 skidtubes are:

•    Round-I-Beam™ construction that is up to 10 times more resistant to damage compared to conventional skidtubes.
•    Pre-drilled for compatibility with Bristol WSPS Kit
•    Available Settling Protector Kit (modifies skidtube for compatibility with OEM settling protector)

 “This rigorous design has been proving itself in the field for over 12 years.  Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes have been tested in every condition and have demonstrated unprecedented durability.” Quote by Bill Beckett, General Manager of DART Aerospace.


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