Part # 499-B Helicopter Rescue Basket

Owner's Manual

AND

Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

(Document Control Date: April 28, 2021)

For LSC Part Numbers

Part # Basket Type
499-B Helicopter Rescue Basket - Compact

 

WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS

The products offered for sale by LSC are intended for use in rescue operations and survival . Inherent to all rescue and survival environments is an increased risk of injury and/or possible death to an individual or group of individuals. The equipment offered by LSC is intended to aid the professional rescuer(s) and/or survival victim(s). However, the risk of injury or death cannot be completely eliminated or foreseen. Equipment training, maintenance and continual reviews of user proficiency is vital to the proper and safe use of all rescue and survival equipment. It is the responsibility of the purchasing and end-user organization or individual to:

  • Determine the suitability of equipment for the selected application.
  • Define the operational procedures and safety guidelines associated with the proper utilization, maintenance (including service life) and storage of the rescue and survival equipment.
  • Ensure that all individuals are thoroughly trained and familiarized with the intended purpose, correct use and function, and serviceability of the equipment.
  • Ensure that the equipment is properly maintained, inspected, and ready for use at all times.
  • Changes to the configuration of or modifications to LSC products are not authorized by Lifesaving Systems Corp. and are not recommended.

Deviations from these warnings and cautions may result in serious injury or death.

BAIL RETAINER WARNING

  • Do not move or lift the rescue basket with only the bail retainer supporting the bail assembly.

  • Do not lift the basket by the bail retainer.

  • The Bail Retainer is intended to temporarily support the bails of the Rescue Basket in the up position prior to attachment of the hoist hook and after removal of the hoist hook.

  • Always attach the hoist hook through the bail eyes prior to moving or hoisting the rescue basket.

Description

LSC’s original compact Rescue Basket is standard equipment aboard all US Coast Guard rescue helicopters, and in service with numerous international military & civilian operators. The frame opening has been enlarged to better accommodate two adults without increasing the overall dimensions, and an integrated, yet flexible stainless steel bail retainer has been added to keep the bails from dropping after removing the hoist hook. The frame of the Basket is constructed of tubular stainless steel for low maintenance. The bail assembly folds into the basket for compact stowage. Bottom is enclosed with a plastic mesh liner. Basket provides excellent flotation performance and is self-righting with 100% reserve buoyancy. Float covers have reflective markings and are printed with safety pictorials. Measures 441/2” long x 25” wide x 39” high assembled and only 21” high when stowed.

Weight: 39 lbs. NSN: 4240-01-HS1-9969.

Limitations

  • WLL - 600 lbs (272 kg)
  • Life Limit - 25 years from the DOM or 20 years from the date placed in service.

 

Label Information

All part number, serial number, and date of manufacture are laser etched or peened on one of the bail lifting eyes.

Maintenance and Inspection Requirements

Rescue Basket Initial Inspection

Acceptance Inspection

All LSC equipment passes rigorous quality inspections during manufacture and prior to shipping. However, given the high-risk nature of professional rescue, LSC recommends a formal acceptance inspection be performed and documented in accordance with local policies. The acceptance inspection should include - at minimum - all pre-use inspections below. Should any discrepancies be found or suspected, please contact LSC immediately by emailing [email protected] or by calling +1-813-538-3170.

 

Rescue Basket Pre-Use Inspection

To be performed prior to use in the aircraft.  Recommended interval of no greater than weekly.

 

  1. Assure all four hinge points operate freely.

  2. Examine the bail retainer components. Check the retainer pin and cable for damage and corrosion. Check for loose attachment hardware.

  3. Check that lifting eyes align, allowing bail retainer installation.

  4. Check float covers, floats and plastic net liner for cuts, tears, abrasion and any other visible damage.

  5. Check the floor netting for security.

  6. Repair or replace as required.

 

Rescue Basket Post-Use Inspection

To be performed after operational use or immersion.

 

  1. If the Rescue Basket has been immersed in salt water, rinse generously with fresh water and detergent. Flush water through all bail hinge points.

  2. Allow basket to thoroughly dry.

  3. Lubricate the bail hinge points (4 each) and the drop- down toggle of the bail retainer pin with light machine oil.

  4. Check attachment bolt on the bail retainer for tightness.

  5. Inspect the Rescue Basket bails for bends, or deformations that prevent lifting eye alignment, and/or the operation of the bail retainer.

  6. Inspect the Rescue Basket float suspension rod attachment hardware for presence, and security.

  7. Inspect the Rescue Basket float suspension rod for corrosion or bends.

  8. If the Rescue Basket float suspension rod is bent, repair or replace as required.

  9. If  suspension rod attachment hardware is missing, use appropriate replacement hardware.

  10. Inspect frame assembly and bails for broken welds, bends (deformation), corrosion and abrasion.

  11. Inspect the floor netting for damage, and secure attachment to the bottom of the basket.

  12. Document the inspection in accordance with local procedures.

Note: Replacement parts may be purchased from the manufacturer. Contact: Lifesaving Systems at 813-645-2748 or see parts list below

 

Rescue Basket 30-Day Inspection

 

 

  1. Inspect all four hinge points, bail assemblies and lifting eyes for damage, deformation, cracks, and severe corrosion.

  2. Inspect frame assembly and bails for broken welds, bends (deformation), corrosion and abrasion.

  3. Inspect float covers, floats and plastic net liner for cuts, tears, abrasion and any other visible damage. Repair or replace as required.

  4. Examine the bail retainer components. Check the retainer pin and cable for damage and corrosion and loose attachment hardware.

  5. Lubricate the bail hinge points (4 each) and the drop- down toggle of the bail retainer pin with light machine oil.

  6. Document the inspection in accordance with local procedures.

 

Note: Remove basket from service if inspection identifies any damage or abnormal conditions indicated above. Repair or replace the basket accordingly.

 

Bail Retainer Instructions

 

To engage the Bail Retainer;

  1. Insert the retainer pin located on the free end of the retainer cable into the small hole on the opposite bail assembly.

  2. Allow the toggle to drop down, thereby securing the pin.

  3. Secure the helicopter hoist hook through both lifting eyes of the bail assembly before moving or hoisting the rescue basket.

To engage the Bail Retainer;

  1. Press-in on the retainer pin compressing the coil spring.

  2. Lift or rotate the toggle so that it is parallel to the pin and then pull the pin out.

  3. Carefully stow the bail assemblies.

 

Repairs

Field repair is limited to replacement of parts listed below and lubrication of hinges. Dents to tubing of less than .5 inches to the frame are acceptable so long as the fit, form and function of the bail arms is not affected.

When replacing or repairing the bail retainer, remove any loose item, clean the screw threads, apply thread-locking compound and reinstall the hardware. Tighten the attachment bolt to 80 in*lbs.

WARNING: Damage to tubular frame members and welds, shall be reviewed by the manufacturer for repair and serviceability determination by contacting [email protected]

 

Replacement Parts

 

#499-1 Plastic Net Liner, EA. #495-03 Spreader Bar, Float

#499-2 Floats w/Covers, Pair #495-10 Bail Retainer

#499-3 Floats Covers, Pair #H099 Stainless Screw, Spreader Bar

#499-BGT Bail Guard Tape #H100 Stainless Lock Nut, Spreader Bar

Helicopter Bail Tape Installation Instructions

  1. Raise the two basket bail assemblies and engage bail retainer.

  2. Clean upper 6” of the 4 bail legs with alcohol or lacquer thinner, then wipe dry with a clean cloth.

  3. Measure 2-3/4” over from edge of hole in bail eye assembly and mark bail leg  with a permanent marker.

    a. Repeat for remaining 3 legs.

  4. Taking care to avoid touching the adhesive side of the Helicopter Tape, remove the white paper backing from the clear protective tape.

  5. Align the edge of tape with the 2-3/4” mark on bail and start applying the tape centered at the outside edge of each bail. (See picture below)

  6. Wrap the tape around each bail leg and press out any air bubbles.

    a. Repeat on other 3 Bail legs.

 

Replacement Parts

#499-1 Plastic Net Liner, EA.

#495-03 Spreader Bar, Float

#499-2 Floats w/Covers, Pair

#495-10 Bail Retainer

#499-3 Floats Covers, Pair #H099 Stainless Screw, Spreader Bar

#499-BGT Bail Guard Tape #H100 Stainless Lock Nut, Spreader Bar

 

Warranty

LSC products are warranted to the first consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of twelve (12) months. For complete warranty information and other terms visit lifesavingsystems.com/terms.


LIFESAVING SYSTEMS CORP.

220 ELSBERRY RD. APOLLO BEACH, FL 33572

PHONE: 813-645-2748

[email protected] - www.lifesavingsystems.com

Information in the manual is subject to change at the discretion of LSC.

Organizations which use printed manuals or create their own from manufacturer's recommendations should check this site often for changes.