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.
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
- 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.