Helicopter cargo hook specialist Onboard Systems International has received an FAA STC for its new C-40 Cockpit Indicator for use in the company’s load weighing kit for the Airbus H125 (formerly AS350).
The C-40 is an easily changeable upgrade over the C-39, which has been in service for more than two decades and offers improvements including simplified hook TBO tracking, improved LCD screen contrast, and a digital weight reading with an analog bar display. A future software upgrade will allow operators to record time, load weight, and the GPS coordinates for load pick up and drop off coordinates. Such upgrades will be available for download from the company’s website to a thumb drive for easy field installation to the unit.
“After many years of testing and development, we are excited to begin the process of rolling out our new C-40 cockpit indicator across our entire line of Onboard weighing systems,” said Karsten Lemmon, vice president of sales and marketing for the Vancouver, Wash.-based company. “The H125/AS350 is used by many of our customers for external load missions, so it made sense to launch the C-40 indicator in one of our load weighing kits for this aircraft.”
The device is also awaiting Transport Canada and EASA certification. The company expects to expand its availability to other aircraft in the coming months.