DART Helicopter Services has announced that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received FAA and EASA approval of the DART Spacepod™. Transport Canada approval has been previously received.
With the DART Spacepod™ operators can increase their stowing capability by 5.5 ft³ and 140 pounds per side. Installation net weight is increased by only 13 pounds per side. This unit has been approved to be flown on either or both sides, with no flight limitations. Additionally, this installation does double duty; not only can it stow equipment, but it can also function as a working platform. Taking this application into consideration, DART applies a non-skid surface for increased personal safety. The Spacepod™ can be easily installed and removed, in the field or in the hangar, with very little effort. The forward opening doors feature an automatic door opener that damps door swing and supports the door in the open position.
The Hinge Modification Kit modifies the existing sliding door to make it compatible with the Spacepod™. The sliding door is modified to a forward hinging configuration that is ideal for easy passenger loading. LH Spacepod™ is supplied with the Hinge Mod Kit or the Hinge Mod Kit may be purchased and installed independently of the Spacepod™ for operators interested in an alternative to the OEM sliding door.
“The DART Spacepod™ for the EC 130 B4 is an economical and practical solution for operators seeking a cargo expansion solution. Although the Hinge Modification Kit is required for installation of the LH Spacepod™, it is also ideal as a stand alone modification for anyone interested in an alternative to the existing sliding door.” Quote Bill Beckett, General Manager, DART Aerospace Ltd.