Collins Aerospace Systems has announced that three of the world´s top aerial firefighting agencies are equipping their helicopters with the Goodrich 44318, the company´s newest rescue hoist, the company said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) selected the hoist for their S-70i FIREHAWK helicopters, while the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) selected the hoist for an HH-60L BLACK HAWK helicopter it is converting to aerial firefighting configuration.
Goodrich 44318 is Collins Aerospace´s latest, most advanced rescue hoist. Compared to the Goodrich 44311, which has been flying on LACoFD´s S-70ATM FIREHAWK helicopters since they entered service nearly two decades ago, the 44318 boasts a number of improvements. The new hoist meets regulatory agencies´ current requirements for Human External Cargo, meaning people can stay on the line longer for transport or rescue missions; features a 600-pound max lift load; and allows operators to continuously rescue multiple victims without a cool-down period. The 44318 is currently in service on several platforms, including the Leonardo AW189, Airbus EC225 and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries UH-60J.
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry.
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