Bell and DART Deliver First Bell 505 Emergency Flotation System to the Japan Coast Guard
The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) accepts its fleet of four Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, newly equipped with the DART Aerospace Emergency Flotation System, into service.
Installation of the kits took place in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan, where the JCG’s 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarter is located. A DART project engineer travelled to the Kagoshima site to support Bell for the first kit installation.
DART announces that this project is the first entry-into-service for the 505 Emergency Flotation System, a technical solution which DART designed and developed with the full support of Bell. Within 12 months from project kick-off, DART Aerospace successfully received Transport Canada certification (TCCA) on the flotation system. Shortly thereafter the company received Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) validation to support the 505 aircraft and flotation system acceptance by the JCG.
Bell and DART Aerospace have worked closely to deliver professional results for the Bell 505 Emergency Flotation System to the client. The system has just recently received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).