Hawkesbury, Ontario – April 19th, 2018 – On July 13th 2017, DART Aerospace gathered key members of its Canadian product development team, based in both Calgary, Alberta and Hawkesbury, Ontario to kick off a project for bearpaws on the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.
The goal of the project was simple: bring to the global marketplace the performance, value and user friendliness that customers have come to expect from a DART Bearpaw. With DART Bearpaws present on nearly every production skid gear equipped helicopter today, it was an obvious decision for DART to develop this product.
“The objective was to bring a lightweight bearpaw product to market that provided better stability when the Bell 505 lands in soft conditions”, said David Shepherd, DART VP of Certification. “We were also successful at incorporating a full length wearplate option to improve longevity and ease installation”.
On April 10th 2018, less than 9 months after kicking off the project, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for this product, joining the already approved Transport Canada (February 23) and European Aviation Safety Agency (March 22) STCs. With these three approvals and the associated bilateral agreements upwards of 70%, the helicopter operating world can legally install this product.
All this was accomplished in a project that lasted less than 9 months and included flight testing.
“Overall we are proud of the product we’ve put forward and the speed with which we were able to execute the program” concluded Shepherd.
ABOUT DART AEROSPACE
DART Aerospace is a privately held aerospace company. DART provides industry-leading design, manufacturing and market-certified solutions for the helicopter and aerospace industry. With an impressive line-up of over 850 STC's and 4,500 products, DART offers a comprehensive portfolio of: aftermarket products, accessories, spare parts and tools for civil and military operators, all major rotorcraft OEMs, completion centers and MR&O facilities. DART's key products include: flotation systems, landing gears, interior and exterior accessories, cargo expansion, external loads, cable cutters and filters. All this, in addition to extensive engineering capabilities and manufacturing centers delivering fast time-to-market solutions with superior customer support in over 120 countries worldwide.