Fulcrum Receives STC for Bell 429 Hardpoints
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Fulcrum a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) #SR01068DE for external carriage hardpoints for the Bell 429 helicopter.
Fulcrum Concepts is pleased to announce that the FAA has approved a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Fulcrum designed hardpoints for the Bell 429 helicopter. The hardpoints increase the Bell 429 aircraft capability by providing mounts for carriage of side-mounted external payloads.
Fulcrum’s Bell 429 Hardpoints include a common hardpoint lug pitch without infringing on the aircraft’s door functionality. The hardpoints provide both forward and aft mount support and add the ability to mount wings and other external stores on the Bell 429 where none existed before. Each of the four hardpoint locations can structurally support up to 950 lbs.
In September 2020, Fulcrum’s FAA Part 145 Repair Station modified FLIR Systems Inc. Bell 429 helicopter with the hardpoints. According to Scott Richman, Fulcrum Managing Member, “These B429 Hardpoints enable increased aircraft capabilities by allowing third-party equipment to attach to the aircraft without adversely affecting cabin door functionality of the aircraft.”
Fulcrum is working on a host of additional equipment items for attachment to the hardpoints including weapon and sensor stores as well as various camera fittings and cargo containers to meet the needs of their diverse customer base. An ICD (Interface Control Document) will be available to equipment manufacturers for inclusion of third-party items.
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