Mario Vittone

Mario is the General Manager of LSC. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 22 years of military service. He was a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer on both H-60 and H-65 aircraft, was an instructor and course writer at AST A-School, and ended his career with four years in maritime accident investigation. His writing has appeared in Yachting Magazine, Soundings, Reader's Digest, and The Washington Post.

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LSC Receives CASA Approval for Quick Strops

Lifesaving Systems Corp. is pleased to announce that our Quick Strops, #214-A and #214-SAP-A, have received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) ATSO-C1003 approval. Currently in use around the world, the quick strop has been used on countless rescues and is available to all rescue organizations. Constructed of MIL-SPEC webbing and stainless steel hardware, the …

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT: MIL-LOK HOIST HOOK

Mil-LOK Hoist hook NSN:  4030-01-605-5110 LSC Part # 412 MEETS MIL-DTL-23599A MEETS MIL-DTL-23599B Introduction The Lifesaving Systems Mil-LOK  hook  is an auto-locking hoist hook built and tested to Military Specification MEETS MIL-DTL-23599 and has been field proven by the French Navy and the United States Air Force Osprey Program since 2010. The Mil-LOK hook defaults …

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CLARIFICATION ON TERM “UNINJURED” IN LSC OWNERS MANUALS

Some customers   have expressed concern, and even confusion,  over the term “uninjured”  in our owner’s manuals.  For example, “The Quick Strop shall be used to hoist uninjured persons only,” is stated in the Quick Strop manual  and one rescue swimmer argued that anyone who is even mildly hypothermic has an “environmental injury” and that we …

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LSC nyutvikler D-LOK

  Lifesaving Systems har omformet dobbeltlåsfestet til heisekroken D-LOK basert på tilbakemeldinger fra kunder og problemer knyttet til dynamisk utrulling, samt den stadige utviklingen av metoden for helikopterredning og utstyr som brukes av våre kunder. For fullt ut å forstå årsakene til designendringen passer det seg med en oppsummering av produktutviklingen og helikopter-heisekroker generelt. Krokens …

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LSC Redesigns the D-LOK

(Les denne artikkelen på norsk) Lifesaving Systems has redesigned the double-locking gate for our D-LOK hoist hook in response to customer feedback and issues relating to dynamic rollout and the ever-changing tactics in helicopter rescue and and equipment utilized by our customers.  To fully understand the reasons behind the design change, a history of the …

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The Next Bright Idea – the SIRIUS-LRS Available Now

I’ve always said that my favorite nighttime signalling device is one that isn’t  Coast Guard approved.  A good waterproof LED flashlight, with its focused beam, can reach out to any light you can see in the sky.  If you can see a boat on the horizon or helicopter searching a focused flash light will definitely …

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Packing Your Vest: Why Signalling Strobes Belong on the Outside

When LSC designed the Low Profile Flotation Collar (LPFC), it was in response to a real need for helicopter aviators: the need to look around. Where the collar crosses over the shoulders the collar is only 6mm thick when properly packed. This allows a flyer with a helmet to easily turn their head without making …

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