Quick Release Box Mk-4 released
The Mk-4 version of our wellknown Quick Release Box (QRB) is now released. Factory new QRB's are now solid black with a number of vital improvements in relation to previously Mk-2 and Mk-3:
• Improved lifting plate with closed lobes
• New back plate with single flush hole
• Countersunk rubber protection plug
• Black ionized scratch resistant surface
The improved lifting plate with closed or interconnected lobes greatly
reduces the risk of foreign objects, like rubber plugs, getting trapped inside the QRB. This lifting plate represents such a great security enhancement, that we have chosen to make the upgrade mandatory.
EuroRSA 2012 in Aalborg
European Rescue Swimmers Association (EuroRSA) held the annual summit in Aalborg, Denmark, in early May. During three sunny and beautifull days, some fifty-or-so rescue swimmers from all over Europe, Australia and United States shared their experience and knowledge. They even found time to play with the Danish EH-101 helicopters.
Lite Flite was invited to showcase the helicopter rescue equipment, which we proudly did, and we were very impressed by the meeting and the content. It was simply great fun and very informal !
New Lanyard Connector
In early february, we introduced the new lanyard connector, requested by a customer looking for an easier and safer way of keeping the helicopter winch man secured. It is nothing more but a short strap with a hook or carabiner that can be clipped on to the middle D-ring of the QRB suspension strap in one end, and a click lock tang for attaching our click lock lanyards in the other.
By using this little device and a hoist harness equipped with a similar tang, the winch man can be secured in the helicopter, without the need for a seperate gunner- or monkey belt. When returning from what may be cold water, the rescuer can be secured even before he re-enters the helicopter !
XL Hook Knife
Our new, extra large hook knife, is designed by request from the Danish Air Force SQ 722 SAR team. This hook knife features a 20 mm (0.8") opening, enough for cutting guide lines, heavy duty webbing or even the attachment loops at the top of fast ropes.
The hook knife is made from laser cut stainless steel and keeps 2 extra spare blades inside. The handle is designed just thick enough to ensure a good grip, and just thin enough to not being bulky in a narrow pocket.
New Rescue Harness
The new harness for rescue men, which we designed for the Scottish Coast Guard, was on display for the first time at Helitech 2011.
This extremely comfortable harness is constructed without shoulder straps. Due to the special design of the front part, the waist belt locks itself on to the hips in case of a head down position, preventing the rescue man to slide in the harness.
The harness features alpine style, fully padded, open leg straps and our unique elastic suspensions for walking or swimming. In addition, the harness has D-rings for auxillary equipment and a strap for radio attachment. For the safety of the winchman returning from the water with cold hands, we have added a click-lock tang and a D-ring as lanyard attachment points at the rear of the harness. All in all, a very versatile harness, specifically designed for demanding helicopter SAR crews.
Lite Flite exhibited late September at Helitech 2011 in Duxford, Europes largest helicopter show. As you may know, Duxford Airfield is home of the Imperial War Museum. An extremely interesting place to visit.
If you love old war birds you should go there. The very sound of a Spitfire in a dog fight with a Messerschmitt Me 109, not to mention flying a DeHavilland Dragon Rapide from 1943, is by far worth the travel.
The 25th Helitech Helicopter Show was the biggest ever, displaying some 150 helicopters, hosting more than 200 indoor exhibitors, displaying everything from infrared cameras over firefighting equipment to Lite Flites helicopter rescue gear.
We want to thank all of you who visited our booth and showed interest in our equipment. Thanks to you we were extremely busy at the stand. We are proud to be able to present a couple of new things to ease the work for the SAR teams around the world.
As of September this year, we employed Thomas Knudstrup as Senior Product Manager. Thomas holds a B.Sc. in Engineering and started working for us as parachute rigger back in the 80's when the security and rescue market was just emerging.
After spending several years in the IT security and development industri, 46-year old Thomas has decided to return to his roots and join us on a part time basis. His main tasks will be developing our product port folio and solutions, as well as taking care of our website and external communication. In the nearest future, he will enter into the jungle of Part 145 and Part 21 certification processes.
Naturally, Thomas will assist in the pre- and post sale too, and you will all get to meet with him in one or another way.
Helitech 2011 will be held at Imperial War Museum in Duxford, UK, September 27-29th. We are proud to be there, displaying our helicopter rescue equipment.
We will off course be displaying our search- and rescue gear too, at SAR 2012 i Dublin, Ireland, March 15-16th, 2012. If you are a Search And Rescue professional, you know that this is the conference and display, not to be missed.
In addition, we are looking forward to display at The Helicopter Show 2012 which will be held at the world-famous race track Silverstone, UK, 26-27th September, 2012.
We are going to Heli Expo 2011 in Orlando, Florida from March 5th to 8th. Here will we meet potential new partners and look for exiting new products.
From April 13th to 14th, we will be at Search and Rescue 2011 in Bournemouth, UK. We will display our own products and meet with friends and partners. You are welcome to join us at booth no. 4 in Bournemouth International Centre.
Updated news from both events will be available as soon as possible.
New Lite Flite harness used in rescue operation
CHC Coast Guard Operations are very valued customers of Lite Flites. On request from Scottish Coast Guard at Stornoway we designed a new harness for the rescue men, which was on evaluation last week when a Tornado Fighter aircraft was reported on fire 26 miles south of their position abeam Stornoway.
The 2 pilots ejected and parachuted down into the sea. Immediately the rescue helicopter sat course for the position and thanks to the CHC rescue team the 2 airmen were recovered from the wet invironment with the winch man using the new Lite Flite harness.
We were very proud to receive these fine words from the SAR team:
"I would like to thank the Lite Flite staff involved in the construction of the harness. The high quality of the design and construction enabled us to save the lives of two airmen."
Growing list of Minor Change Approval
We are happy to announce that the quantity of Minor Change Approvals from EASA is growing. From the grid you can see for which aircraft we have Technical Orders and are able to help our customers with different kinds of interior and various cargo nets from Siren. Please contact us for quotations.
|Cougar GA 7||Interior|
|Piper PA 28||Interior|
|Aermacchi SF 260||Interior|
|To be approved soon|
|Cessna Citation C500 & C 550||Interior|
Danish Aerotech awarded as best subsupplier for AWACS
For many years now Lite Flite has had the pleasure of refurbishing seat covers and arm rests and other interior details in the NATO AWACS aircraft. All these sewn items we deliver to Danish Aerotech in Karup, who is the contract holder of NAMSA, which is the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency.
In Karup Danish Aerotech is taking care of assembling all the seats from the AWACS aircraft, and we are proud to announce that we were honoured when Danish Aerotech for the third time received the award as best subsupplier of the year.
We strive to continue the good quality and lead times for the AWACS aircraft also in the future.
ETSO Workshop in Cologne, December 2010
The ETSO workshop held in Cologne was attended by EASA, FAA, TCCA (CAAC unfortunately wasn't able to attend).
The industry was represented by Aerospace and Defence, GAMA, and a substantial number of representatives from the rest of the industry. The Danish industry was represented by Evan Grønhøj, Continuing Airworthiness Manager, Scandinavian Aircraft Technologies A/S and Johnny Kristensen, Quality Assurance Manager, Lite Flite Aps. Due to the large number of participants, it was decided to make other arrangements for the next workshop in order to allow for more attendants. Several were turned down this year, as there wasn't room for them.
The main subject at the workshop was the harmonization of the legislation of the area, as many FAA-TSO, CAN-TSO and EASA-ETSO are not yet in sync. Only about half of the CAN-TSO are on a common list with EASA ETSO. The authorities promised to do what they can to speed up this process. Besides the work with the (E)TSO, a lot is being done in order to better the AMC og GM of the area in order to improve the understanding of what can be done under Part 21.
Another happy customer: CHC-SAR
We are very proud to announce, that CHC, one of the worlds largest helicopter operators, are extremely satisfied with our Quick Release Box. We've been allowed to quote Friedrich Manson from CHC, Sumburgh, Shetland, who claims that our QRB's are fantastic !
SAR 2010 Aberdeen
This year the Shephard SAR 2010 conference was held in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland and the following ash cloud that put a total stop to all air traffic in Europe in May, the exhibition was postponed until September. So the doors opened to the SAR 2010 in Aberdeen Conference and Exhibition Centre September 15th with a touch of Scottish autumn.
In spite of the later time of the year, the exhibition was fairly well visited. The SAR conference is the largest gathering of Search and Rescue specialists in Europe.
Since LITE FLITE was the only company represented with Search and Rescue equipment, we experienced a massive interest in our products. This resulted in many new and welcomed visitors. It also resulted in a very welcomed and interesting cementation of the relationship with customers who have been skilled users of LITE FLITE rescue gear for many years.
The well-known LITE FLITE philosophy of educating the end users with technical courses, enabling the in-house engineers to maintain the gear has more than one goal.
Firstly the ability to maintain quick release boxes etc. on site is saving the operator a lot of money. Secondly this education will secure the company policy to observe and fulfill the need of knowledge about the equipment in house.
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