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Onboard receives STC for MD500 cargo hooks

21st April 2017 - 01:04 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Onboard Systems has received Federal Aviation Administration supplemental type certification for several new cargo hook kits for the MD Helicopters MD 500 light utility civilian and military helicopters, the company announced on 20 April.

The newly certified Surefire cargo hook kits include the TALON LC hydraulic hook kit, the TALON LC hydraulic hook kit with onboard weighing system and the TALON LC hydraulic hook kit with onboard weighing system and NVG backlight.

The new cargo hook kits feature Surefire release technology. The Surefire circuit needs a purposeful, half-second press against the hook release button, protecting against involuntary releases caused by accidental contact with the release button during flight.

Onboard Systems can also upgrade selected existing equipment for certified cargo hooks to include Surefire technology at the factory during overhauls or upon request. Upgrade kits will also be available for operators with the capabilities to perform this work in house or through a local service facility.

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