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DART Helicopter Services Announces FAA Certification for DART’s Complete Landing Gear on Civil UH-1 Models

 Dart Helicopter Services’ affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received FAA approval to add certain UH-1 model aircraft to their existing STC’s covering landing gear components. The UH-1 models included are those that have been FAA certified per FAR21.25(a)(2) for civil use.


DART currently offers replacement low narrow, standard low, standard high, 31” extended height, and 39” landing gear solutions for Bell 204/205/210/212/214/412 & civil UH-1 model helicopters.  The extended height landing gears provide extra ground clearance for the installation of water bombing or other belly mounted equipment.  These specialized landing gears, which are only available from DART, are 4” higher (D205-594-013/-023) and 12” higher (D205-594-011/-021) than standard high landing gear.  

DART crosstubes have been designed to be compatible with both DART Round-I-Beam and OEM skidtubes and are easily installed using a thru bolt system. DART crosstubes are manufactured by means of an environmentally friendly process and utilize clamp-on stainless steel supports to avoid rivet holes in high stress regions of the crosstube. DART crosstubes are not life-limited, rather, all DART crosstubes have been engineered to be replaced on-condition according to a max spread criteria. 

DART’s patented Round-I-Beam Skidtube features a high strength I-beam combined with a conventional tube to create a skidtube that better resists puncturing, denting or bending than any other tube on currently available.  The central I-beam absorbs most of the impact on landing so the tube maintains its integrity when landing on uneven ground, rocks, tree roots, and other small objects.  Even with the addition of the central web, there is minimal weight increase due to the materials used in production.  DART’s skidtubes have many corrosion resistance features including full length stainless steel wearplates with tungsten carbide welds.

In addition to landing gear, DART Aerospace also offers Adjustable Engine Mounts and Replacement Engine Mounts FAA approved for civil UH-1 models:

“DART is pleased to be able to offer FAA approved complete landing gear solutions for operators of civil UH-1 model helicopters; we recognize the procurement difficulties these models may represent.” Quote Bill Beckett, General Manager, DART Aerospace Ltd.
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