Helicopters Magazine

Jenoptik unveils prototype of new civilian rescue hoist

March 3, 2017  By Jenoptik

The “SkyHoist 800 surpasses the conventional market parameters with its sophisticated capstan technology, dead weight of maximum 50 kilograms, hoisting capacity of up to 350 kilograms, cable length of 120 metres and maximum hoisting speed of 2 metres per second. Its modular design also reduces maintenance-related stop times and therefore saves money.

Not only does the rescue hoist score points because of its technical specifications, but it is also easy on the eye. Its shape combines aerodynamic and safety-related requirements with innovative product functions to reveal a new, compact design. It also blends into the design of the helicopter in an elegant way.

Aviation Product Design Awarded
In December 2016 the “SkyHoist 800” won the Good Design Award in the “Safety & Security” category. The international prize for product design is presented annually by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.

The “SkyHoist 800” received the German Design Award “Special Mention” for its design back in October 2016. The German Design Council has presented this award every year since 2012 for pioneering entries from product and communication design in the international design landscape. The “Special Mention” rating acknowledges work whose design contains particularly successful aspects or solutions. The German Design Council was established in 1953 by the German Government in order to help the German economy to achieve consistent brand equity using design.

The design of the “SkyHoist 800” is the first project on which Jenoptik Aviation division has collaborated with designer Ralf Jakubowski, who has also been designing Jenoptik traffic safety systems for more than ten years.

As a specialist from the aviation supply industry, Jenoptik can look back on forty years of tradition in hoist production. Rescue hoists were already being used on life-saving missions on the Bell UH 1D helicopter back in the 1970s. NATO also flies missions with the NH 90 transport helicopter with a Jenoptik hoist.


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