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EASA Approval of DART Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes

Oct. 18, 2007 - DART Helicopter Services has announced that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd, has received EASA approval of their revolutionary Round-I-Beam™ skidtube for the Bell 206/A/B/L/L1/L3/L4/407 models.


October 19, 2007
By Corrie


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Oct.
18, 2007 – DART Helicopter Services has announced that their affiliated
partner, DART Aerospace Ltd, has received EASA approval of their
revolutionary Round-I-Beam™ skidtube for the Bell
206/A/B/L/L1/L3/L4/407 models. Both standard and float configurations
are available. Canada and FAA approval have been previously received.

DART
Round-I-Beam™ skidtubes for Bell 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 skidtubes feature full length carbon or
stainless steel Wearplates and additional tungsten carbide welded
Wearpads and high strength CNC machined split saddles. Bolt-on saddles
make installation and field replacement easy.

 

To
ensure that DART can fulfill the landing gear requirements of all
operators, the DART Round-I- Beam™ skidtubes have been designed for
compatibility with DART, OEM and equivalent crosstubes.

DART
Float Skidtubes come standard with Stainless Steel Wearplates and
Wearpads for improved corrosion resistance. Additional anti-corrosion
measures are utilized in the production of all DART Skidtubes to
provide a high quality and durable product.

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DART Round-I-Beam™ skidtubes are also available for the following aircraft models

  • 204, 205, 212, 412, UH-1
  • Bell 210, AB412, AB412EP
  • AS 350, AS 355
  • EC 135
  • BO 105
  • SA 315B
  • OH-58
  • AH-1
  • BK 117 (approval pending)

"The
206 series and 407 Skidtubes, like many of the Dart skidtubes, are
LH/RH interchangeable which allows operators to reduce their inventory.
This, coupled with the proven durability of the product, ensures an
overall cost savings to operators," commented Jeff Shapiro, CEO of Dart
Helicopter Services.


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