IN LESS THAN 9 MONTHS, DART AEROSPACE BRINGS THE 505 BEARPAW TO THE GLOBAL MARKET
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.