Static Discharge Cable Removed from AWR 980

A number of years ago, based on numerous requests from the field, the #415 Static Discharge Cable (manufactured by Lifesaving Systems Corporation (LSC)) was added to AWR 980. This cable can be used to dissipate the static discharge that is sometimes experienced during hoisting operations. Since then, there have been requests about similar products made by other manufacturers. The decision was recently made to remove the static discharge cable from AWR 980 – not because it can no longer be used, but because its use does not require an AWR to begin with. It does not have an ON/OFF switch,…
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Now Offering Zephyr Training

Now Offering Zephyr Training

In coordination with Zephyr International LLC, Vertical Lift Consulting is now offering training for the Zephyr Rescue Hoist Ground Support Equipment (RHGSE). Training is available for this equipment in one of two ways: On-site at the manufacturer’s location in Conway, SC.Off-site where we bring the training to you. Our training will mirror the 2021 On-Site curriculum for Zephyr International, which is now limited to one day with a maximum of ten (10) students. The 2021 schedule for on-site classes is as follows: Thursday, 28 JANThursday, 15 APRThursday, 24 JUNThursday, 26 AUGThursday, 28 OCT You can register for these classes or…
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Update on Hoist Cable Set Screws

What is the purpose of the cable set screw? You know…that small screw that gets torqued to 10-12 in-lbs after installation of a new hoist cable? Let’s start off by saying what IS NOT the purpose of the screw. It IS NOT the purpose of the screw to hold the rated load of the hoist (600 lbs). If that WAS the purpose, it would need to be a much larger screw, indeed! So, if it is not the purpose of the set screw to hold the load, then what IS its purpose? The purpose of that screw is simply to…
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Four-Strand LUE #3 Underway at NTC

The third Limited User Evaluation (LUE) for the Four-Strand cable is well underway in the middle of the Mojave Desert, with the US Army Air Ambulance Detachment from the National Training Center (NTC) hosting the event. Phase I of the evaluation was completed 23-25 JUL 2019 by C Co, 2916th Avn Bn, Ft. Irwin, CA. Phase II of the evaluation will run for 90 days. The new hoist weight system (aka, “lift bag kit”) is also featured in some of the photos below. [wonderplugin_gridgallery id=10]
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What You Need to Know About Using the Hook Eyelet

By now, everyone using the hoist should be familiar with the concept of “dynamic rollout” – a phenomenon that can occur when adverse geometry, slack in the cable, and an inadequate (or unlocked) locking mechanism combine to allow a lifting device to separate (roll out) from the hoist hook. Following a rollout event in 2016 that left a hoist rider permanently disabled, a number of incremental safety measures have been taken to remove the danger of a reoccurrence. One of the early safety measures, authorized by H-60-17-SOF-03, approved use of the hook eyelet as a primary attachment point for weights…
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