High density liferaft kit for AB139 & AW139
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.
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.
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
- Significant weight (80 lb) reduction over other
available liferaft system
- Significant drag reduction over other available
- No change in aircraft limitations
- Exchange program available for Liferaft Pods and