EASA Approves an Apical Cable Cutter Kit

PINEY FLATS, TN -- Dart Helicopter Services announces that its subsidiary partner, Apical Industries, has received EASA approval for their AS350 Cable Cutters Kit. Transport Canada approval pending.

The Cable Cutters Kit provides a means of protecting the helicopter during a wire strike by providing the capability to cut a cable wire before catastrophic damage occurs. The kit is designed to reduce the possibility of a cable wire entering the cockpit and to reduce the chance of flight control damage. Similar cable/wire cutting devices have proven to be effective even during multiple wire strikes. The kit incorporates both an upper and lower cutter and each cutter is designed with high strength cutting blades. The Apical cutter design was tested to verify the capability to cut a cable wire having a 14,000 lb tensile strength.

"Apical will continue a strong effort in product diversification in 2009 to include additional cable cutters kits and air conditioning systems," says Ron Gladnick Jr., President of Apical Industries Inc. "Our goals in regard to new products will be to follow a time tested strategy of continued innovation and great value for our customers around the world."