DART’s Round-I-BeamTM Skidtubes for the SA 315
April 17, 2009 – Dart Helicopter Services' has announced that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received EASA certification of the Round-I-BeamTM Skidtube for SA 315 aircraft. FAA and Transport Canada STC's received.
DART created the Round-I-BeamTM skidtube because conventional skidtubes are under-designed for the types of landings most helicopters encounter. Conventional skidtubes tend to puncture, dent, and bend when faced with the critical loading conditions encountered when landing on uneven ground.
DART's revolutionary patented Round-I-BeamTM technology combines the conventional round tube with the strength of the I-beam made from 6061-T6 aluminum.
The central I-beam web absorbs most of the impact on landing so the tube maintains its integrity. Even with the addition of a central web, the weight is comparable to that of conventional skidtubes.
The DART Round-I-BeamTM Skidtube was designed to accommodate the extreme conditions involved in military use.
The DART Round-I-Beam
Up to 10 times more resistant to damage
Increased resistance to corrosion and stress corrosion cracking
Full length carbon steel wearplates & wearpads with tungsten carbide welds
Manufactured from 6061-T6 aluminum
"The DART Round-I-BeamTM Skidtube has been providing the helicopter industry with a more durable and functional skidtube for over 13 years. DART is pleased to now be bringing this proven technology to SA 315 operators in Europe." Quote Bill Beckett, General Manager DART Aerospace Ltd.