Dart provides 14 new AKV engine cycle counters to LA County Sheriff

Dart provides 14 new AKV engine cycle counters to LA County Sheriff 16 Feb, 11, Source: DART Helicopter Services

Oceanside, CA, February 16, 2011 — DART Helicopter Services will improve operational safety and maintenance efficiency for one of the nation’s leading law enforcement aviation units.  DART will provide 14 AKV advanced rotary wing cycle counters with Vehicle and Engine Management Display (VEMD) capabilities to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s (LASD) Aero Bureau.  The procurement program, valued at $53,000, will deliver one unit each month until the order is complete.

The LASD’s Aero Bureau flies in support of patrol and homeland security operations, law enforcement ground activities and transport for several specialized units.

“The Aero Bureau’s purchase of 14 advanced AKV cycle counters and two ground support programming kits will enhance the unit’s maintenance management and planning,” said Steve Joseph, DART Helicopter Services’ Chief Operating Officer.

LASD first equipped its fleet of AS350B2 helicopters with AKV cycle counters in 2008 and found that these systems reduced both pilot and maintainer workloads by providing accurate assessments of dynamic component utilization rates. The AKV Cycle Counters are the only programmable systems available on the market that conform to the current cycle counting procedure for not only the gas generator (Ng) speed but also the latest partial cycle counting requirement for the free turbine (Nf) speed. After installation, maintenance personnel will have the ability to update the starting totals of the new cycle counters to match the airframe and engine log books and in the future, when the need arises, during engine changes.  No other engine cycle counters are field programmable.

“DART is proud to serve as AKV’s exclusive global distributor for the company’s entire product line, including helicopter cycle counters, turbine engine compressor wash carts, and a wide range of custom components,” Joseph concluded. “We are equally proud to support the LASD’s Aero Bureau, recognized as a leader in tactical aviation law.”

AKV, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of rotorcraft cycle counters and other equipment for a variety of popular helicopter models.  The company is located in Camarillo, Calif.  For more information, call 805-437-1739, fax 805-437-1783, e-mail [email protected] or visit the company’s web site, www.akvinc.com.

About DART Helicopter Services
DART Helicopter Services LLC., has set a global standard for developing, producing and distributing outstanding helicopter accessories and components that improve rotary wing fleet operations. Headquartered in California, the company and its sales, marketing and service associates operate a worldwide network from many strategic locations serving more than 120 nations on six continents. DART has become the world’s largest rotorcraft accessory provider in just five years, offering more than 3,500 helicopter aftermarket products that improve rotorcraft safety, efficiency and reliability. The company also manufactures 1,200 components, and its network owns more than 600 Supplemental Type Certificates and 45 U.S. patents.  Learn more about DART at www.darthelicopterservices.com

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