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Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of helicopter cargo hook equipment, has announced that it has developed a keeperless version of the TALON 3.3K Remote Cargo Hook, as well as a retrofit kit to convert existing TALON 3.3K Remote Cargo Hooks to a keeperless configuration as needed.
According to Karsten Lemmon, vice president of sales and marketing for Onboard Systems, “Many U.S. operators working under contract with the United States Forest Service [USFS] or the Department of the Interior [DOI] receive load rings and swivel assemblies for these missions that are not compatible for use with the keepered version of our 3.3K Remote Cargo Hook. For example, the load rings supplied are often larger than specified in our remote hook owner’s manual, potentially leading to dynamic rollout. Keeperless hooks are able to work with a wide variety of load ring sizes and styles, which will enable our customers to safely use the agency-issued equipment.”
The TALON Keeperless Retrofit Kit for 3.3K Half Cage Remote Hook (P/N 212-057-00) allows operators to convert their existing TALON 3.3K Remote Cargo Hooks into keeperless hooks as needed. Operators can switch back to the original keepered version at any time by following the instructions in the documentation. In addition, operators who purchase the new TALON 3.3K Remote Cargo Hook (P/N 528-018-09) can convert it to the keepered version by contacting their sales rep to order the necessary parts. Finally, these hooks can be reconfigured into either the keepered or keeperless version by the factory during the standard overhaul or repair process. Please contact us for more information.