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.

LSC’s Osprey System Now FAA Certified: TSO-C13G

LSC’s  list of  FAA Approved flight equipment continues to grow with the Osprey System finally receiving approval under TSO-C13G.  The Osprey System required just three changes from it’s original design to meet the approval; a change in oral inflation tubes, the position of the beaded inflation lanyard, and the addition of our FAA Certified #640-LRS, …

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The TRITON Quad-LOK Release Harness – FAA APPROVED

In November of last year, I made the guess that the FAA Approval of the TRITON with QLR would come in by early March of this year.  The FAA signed the letter on March 3rd.  Our TRITON II QLR  Harness system has received approval under TSO-C167 for human external cargo (HEC) operations.   The 490-VOT Vest which integrates with …

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New Floating Marker Light – Approved and Shipping

LSC is proud to announce the next generation Floating Marker Light – the #650 FML-7.  This light provides a solution for mariners that incorporates modern electronics and performance with LSCs rugged design standards to create a device that will stand up to the harsh conditions of the maritime environment.  The FML-7 (Part # 650) is …

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Rescuer being lowered by helicopter

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 the 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, …

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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 …


rescue work on cliff


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,” used to be stated in the Quick Strop manual  and one rescue swimmer argued that anyone who is even mildly hypothermic has an “environmental injury” and …


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 equipment utilized by our customers.  To fully understand the reasons behind the design change, a history of the development …

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