Cessna 208B FAA/STC Dual Retractable Sensor Mounts

CLICK FOR DEMONSTRATION VIDEO. With this kit, operators can adapt various types of payloads in either a single or dual retractable configuration which the operator deploys during airborne operations and retracts for taxi, take-off, and landings. Based on the successful External Load Provisions (C208ELP) belly rail kit for mounting various types of accessories on the Cessna 208B, Paravion has taken the configuration a step further and developed a cargo pod compatible retraction device capable of handling various sizes of sensor systems and payloads. Please feel free to visit our C208RT webpage or feel free to call a representative.

Revised STC offers additional sizes of workstations for Cessna 208/208B

Paravion Technology, Inc. announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved revisions to Paravion’s STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) SA00685DE, to include two new workstation configurations for Cessna 208 and 208B aircraft. These workstations are commonly used for ISR and utility operations. The workstation provides operators using mission-specific equipment, such as airborne mapping and camera systems, an effective and ergonomic design from which to perform their duties. The workstations include a comfortable desktop, front face, and various panels for mounting monitors, keyboards, radios, control heads, switches, and other necessary items.

The new workstation configurations include a standard size unit with a vertical front face to offer more comfortable viewing of equipment, in addition to a larger unit that offers more space for wide-screen displays and other mission-specific items. Power supplies, electronic control units, video distribution boxes, downlink equipment, mapping and mission computers, and other similar items are easily mounted within the cabinet. The workstations mount to existing seat tracks and can be quickly installed and removed to reconfigure the aircraft for different mission profiles.

The workstation comes ready for modification to accept the customer’s choice of equipment or the customer can provide their equipment to Paravion for integration into the cabinet at additional expense.

The workstation is a perfect complement to the Paravion Technology, Inc. External Load Provisions STC kit which offers a versatile solution for mounting cameras systems, LIDAR systems, and many other external devices on the Cessna 208B Caravan.

For additional information visit the Cessna Caravan Mounts & Surveillance Accessories page on the Paravion Technology, Inc. website.

Compact Ground Handling Wheels

The CGHW-100 kit is a pair of compact hydraulic ground handling wheels which easily stow in a small area of the baggage compartment or other storage area during flights. Quick and simple to use in the situation of an unplanned landing, weather forced landing at a remote airport, landing at an airport with no helicopter ground handling equipment, or even as a daily backup to the standard wheels. They come in a rolling storage bag and weigh approximately 52 lbs.

They are currently available for the Bell 206L Series, Bell 407, Airbus AS350/H125, and Aibus AS355.


Bell 429 Blade Fold Kit

The Paravion Blade Fold Kit for the Bell 429 folds the main rotor blades into a two-blade forward, two-blade aft configuration. This allows the aircraft to be stored in a smaller foot print for compact locations, such as field hangars, long-term storage, or aboard ocean-going vessles.

The complete kit includes FAA STC approved fixed provisions that are permanently installed on the aircraft. The nose installation includes two brackets that are installed on the nose just forward of the left and right door posts and one bracket is installed on the center windshield post. The aft support provisions include two brackets attached at existing fastener locations on the fuselage side of the tailboom attach point and one just above the aft, right-side cargo cowling or clam shell door. These provisions are designed to be small and light weight so as not to adversely affect aircraft performance. The provisions can be purchased separately in order to accomodate multiple aircraft installations for just one set of main rotor blade supports.

The main rotor blade supports are designed to be easy to install and remove, but also provide the required structure to handle adverse conditions that may be found in certain applications. The forward support is attached to two pins that are inserted into the forward fixed provisions. Once the support is raised into position, it is attached to the center winshield post via a clasp on the support rope. The aft support is installed on two pins that are inserted into the aft brackets and then pushed forward, raising the blade off of its droop stop and held in place by inserting the support strut into the mount above the aft cargo cowling or clam shell door.

With the supports in place, the inboard expandable blade bolts can be removed from the two supported blades. The tail rotor is then turned to bring the two perpendicular blades, parallel with the supported blades. These two blades are then secured to the blade fold supports.

This process takes two personnel, approximately 15 minutes to fold the blades. The procedure is reversed to return the aircraft to a flyable configuration.

Typical installation labor time for the fixed provisions is 8 tech-hours.