DART Aerospace received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its EC145 skidtubes. The company also recently received FAA approval for its BK117 Heli-Utility-Basket.
With DART skidtubes, the central I-beam web absorbs most of the impact on landing so the tube maintains its integrity. Even with the addition of this central web, the weight is comparable to that of conventional skidtubes. The DART Heli-Utility-Basket is constructed of corrosion-resistant stainless steel, coated with a high-gloss, scratch-resistant white finish and a self-locking handle to keep cargo secure during flight.