New HEC Dual Hook given Transport Canada STC Approval

New HEC Dual Hook given Transport Canada STC Approval

13-Sep-2023 Source: Salus Aviation

Salus Aviation has developed a multi-purpose dual hook for use on the BK117 helicopter and is pleased to announce this system has now been approved by Transport Canada. This dual hook system meets 29.865 requirements and is capable of Class B and D Human External Cargo (HEC) load combinations per FAA AC133-1B. FAA Certification Pending 2023.

“The Salus BK117-850D2 aircraft equipped with the dual hook provides Human External Cargo (HEC) operators with the most cost-effective solution in regard to achieving Cat A/PC 1 safety performance.” Says Wayne Christie, Executive General Manager Aircraft Sales & Leasing.

The dual cargo hook system provides operational ease and versatility, the removable dual hook and beam assembly can be installed and removed in minutes without tooling. The approved STC offers multi-purpose HEC and Non-HEC capability with no reconfiguration required.

The dual hook system comes with improved 1,400kg Primary cargo hook capability (increased from 1,200kg OEM standard) and 500kg Secondary HEC hook, giving the operator the versatility of using the system for human cargo or standard external load cargo without changing configurations. The hooks remain clear of the ground when the aircraft lands thereby reducing wear and unintended snagging.

This system will allow operators to safely and efficiently conduct operations including EMS, firefighting, utility, powerline, SAR and personnel transfer capabilities.

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