DART Helicopter Services Announces FAA Approval of DART Round-I-Beam™ Skidtube

DART Helicopter Services Announces FAA Approval of DART Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes for Eurocopter BK117 model aircraft.

DART Helicopter Services has announced that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received FAA approval of their revolutionary Round-I-Beam™ skidtube for the Eurocopter BK117A1/A3/A4/B1/B2/C1 model aircraft. EASA and Transport Canada applications have been submitted for approval.

The Dart Round-I-Beam™ skidtube has long been a staple in the rotary wing industry and has received recognition around the globe for providing a high quality, easy to install and durable skidtube solution. In recent years, Dart has extended the advantages of Round-I-Beam™ technology to an ever increasing variety of aircraft, including Light and Medium Bell, Eurocopter AS350/355, BO 105, SA 315, EC 135 and now the BK 117.

DART Round-I-Beam™ skidtubes for Eurocopter BK 117 aircraft are LH/RH interchangeable. The central I-beam web in DART skidtubes absorbs most of the impact on landing so the tube maintains its structural integrity and, even with the addition of a central web, the weight is comparable to that of conventional skidtubes. DART BK117 skidtubes come complete with full length stainless steel wearplates that are installed with a protective membrane between the tube and the wearplate, virtually eliminating any galvanic corrosion.

Other features of DART’s Round-I-Beam™ BK117 skidtubes are:

• Round-I-Beam™ construction that is up to 10 times more resistant to damage compared to conventional skidtubes

• Pre-drilled for compatibility with Bristol WSPS Kit

• Available Settling Protector Kit (modifies skidtube for compatibility with OEM settling protector)

“We have seen so much success with all versions of the I-Beam Skidtube, that we are pleased to have now added the BK117 to the roster of aircraft who can take advantage of this durable design. Our experience has also allowed us to incorporate compatibility with both the Bristol WSPS and the OEM Settling Protector.” Quote by Bill Beckett, General Manager of DART Aerospace.

DART Helicopter Services LLC (www.darthelicopterservices.com), is a privately held Sales, Marketing and Manufacturing company whose primary focus is developing innovative STC’d products and creating sales networks for aerospace manufacturers who are looking to benefit from DART’s global marketing network and sales channel. DART is the logical choice for rotary wing operators who are seeking a supplier with a comprehensive product line and superior customer support. DART’S subsidiary and affiliated companies own over 400 STC’s and manufacture over 500 products. With its highly trained and knowledgeable North American and International sales team, DART Helicopter Services distributes more than 1300 aftermarket products to over 120 countries. For further information, please call N. American Sales 1 (800) 556 4166 or 1 (613) 632 3336 or Int’l Sales 1 (246) 420 7282 sales@darthelicopterservices.com.