9-May-2016 Source: Boost Systems
Boost Human External Cargo Systems Inc. has secured Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for an innovative new HEC System for light helicopters. This provides American-based operators, industry, and rescue teams access to the most advanced dual hook equipment for HEC fixed line helicopter operations.
Boost Systems (http://www.boostsystems.ca) specializes in human external cargo (HEC) kits that are certified to 1100 pounds (500 kg), effectively doubling the capacity of most systems currently in use. The company now holds both Transport Canada and FAA-issued STCs for the equipment, which is easy to install, does not use a belly-band and allows use with the helicopter doors on or off. The pilot is in control of the primary hydraulic release and back-up electrical release making the spotter position optional.
“This equipment radically changed North Shore Rescue’s HEC program by expediting our response and allowing for double the payload at the end of line,” says Mike Danks, Team Leader, North Shore Rescue. “We now have more options for insertion and extraction in the field and can safely evacuate double the number of people at one time. The advance in technology and safety is welcome and long overdue.”
The need to advance the safety, capacity and technology of short haul rescue equipment used by search and rescue (SAR), and industry teams was clear. Boost Systems tapped into a wealth of experience in SAR, helicopter operations and aviation engineering to change the scope and capacity of teams undertaking long line rescue activities. The company also sourced highly rated components, including TALON® Keeperless cargo hooks from Onboard Systems®, which many operators consider to be the safest cargo hooks available.*
“Aspects of HEC equipment have not changed for over a decade,” explains Derek Thomas, President, Boost Systems. “The system’s design improves helicopter utilization and personnel safety, as the hook assembly can remain on the helicopter through refueling and positioning flights.”
Transitioning to the new system is smooth and and adoption of the kit does not require additional rescue technician training; only installation training is entailed. A dual hook system for the Bell 407 will be completed shortly, with the PCDS system being interchangeable from the AS350/355, 407 and the EC135.