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climbinDec. 17, 2009 – DART Helicopter Services announces that their subsidiary partner Apical Industries, Inc. has received FAA approval for their AB139 & AW139 High Density Liferaft Kit.  Transport Canada and EASA approvals are still pending.


December 17, 2009
By Melissa Damota

Dec. 17, 2009 –



DART Helicopter Services announces that their
subsidiary partner Apical Industries, Inc. has received FAA approval for their
AB139 & AW139 High Density Liferaft Kit.  Transport Canada and EASA approvals are still pending.

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The Liferaft Kit consists of two
externally mounted Liferaft Pod Assemblies (LH and RH),  a Liferaft inflation reservoir with a
mechanical activation system, as well as all of the plumbing, pull cables, and
hardware required for installation. 
The Liferaft Pod Assemblies are comprised of an aluminum mounting
structure, a fabric top cover, a carbon fiber bottom cover, a reversible
Liferaft and an integrated composite Passenger Step.

The High Density Liferaft Kit is
a new version of Apical’s previously approved Liferaft Kit which is designed
for use with the AB139 & AW139 high density aircraft seating configuration.
The new kit includes two 12-man reversible Liferafts instead of the 10-man
Liferafts provided with the standard kit.

The Liferafts are comprised of a
twin tube design, a canopy, a survival kit, and meet all applicable TSO-C70a
requirements. The Liferafts have a 17-man overload capacity.

The Liferafts are deployed using the mechanical Liferaft
inflation system consisting of two cockpit mounted Inflation Handles mounted
along the pilot and co-pilot’s door frame, and one T-Handle mounted on the
passenger compartment subfloor which is easily accessible through an access
panel.

Product Benefits:

  • Significant weight (80 lb) reduction over other
    available liferaft system
  • Significant drag reduction over other available
    liferaft system
  • No change in aircraft limitations
  • Exchange program available for Liferaft Pods and
    Reservoir








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