Onboard Systems’ new C-40 cargo hook cockpit indicator has been certified by the FAA for use on Onboard's model E-86 weighing system for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 and H125. The kit also has been submitted to Transport Canada and EASA for certification approval. This is the first Onboard weighing system approved for the C-40 indicator, which uses advanced microcontroller technology to measure and display the cargo weight on a hook.
“We look forward to announcing certification for the C-40 on many additional kits and aircraft in the months ahead," said Onboard vice president of sales and marketing Karsten Lemmon.
Onboard’s systems display the weight—accurate within 10 pounds—of the load on the cargo hook via a cockpit display. Weight on the hook is measured by an electronic, temperature-compensated load cell using strain-gauge technology. The C-40 indicator offers improvements over the current C-39 indicator including simplified hook TBO tracking, improved LCD screen contrast, and a digital weight reading with an analog bar display.
A forthcoming data logging software upgrade will allow operators to record time, load weight, and GPS coordinates for pick-up and drop-off locations. Software upgrades can be downloaded from Onboard’s website onto a thumb drive for field installation.