Vancouver, Washington-based Onboard Systems International, Inc. has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the Bell 407 aircraft featuring their Surefire release technology, the company said.
Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification.
The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button, guarding against inadvertent releases caused by accidental contact with the release button during flight.
In addition to offering the Surefire release technology option on new equipment, Onboard Systems can upgrade existing equipment for select models of certified cargo hooks at the factory during overhauls or upon request.
Onboard Systems International, 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. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a privately held US corporation.