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Onboard’s EC120 Cargo Hook Kit FAA Certified

December 10, 2007  By Corrie

Dec. 10, 2007 - Onboard has also submitted the kit to Transport Canada for approval.

Dec. 10, 2007 – Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook
equipment, announced that its new cargo hook kit for the Eurocopter
EC120 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and is currently in

Onboard has also submitted the kit to Transport Canada and
EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively.

“EC120 operators who are interested in adding external lifting
capabilities to their aircraft will be very excited about our new cargo
hook kit,” said Jason Lemmon, President and General Manager of Onboard
Systems. “In addition to containing all the latest safety
enhancements—including built in travel limits, improved ground
clearance and a hydraulic cargo hook—the kit also includes a reliable
Onboard Weighing System.”

Onboard’s innovative hydraulic hooks are designed to minimize the risk
of inadvertent cargo releases caused by excessive movement during
external load operations, which can activate an improperly rigged
manual release cable on a cargo hook system. Hydraulic hook systems
allow for simplified cable routing along the belly of the aircraft,
and snagging or damage to the cable will not lead to accidentally
dropping the cargo.


In addition to the hydraulic release, the new kit features a bumper
ring and built-in travel limits to protect the hook and control cables
from damage. The integrated weighing system improves safety, increases
productivity and decreases repairs due to overstress and overload. The
adjustable structural support cable allows for precise length
adjustment to ensure balanced load sharing throughout the aircraft. The
kit also offers improved ground clearance and all parts needed for
complete installation.

Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON
brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, onboard
weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality
products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies
and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and
support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard
Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an
international sales office in the UK.


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