AeroBrigham LLC, based in Decatur, Texas, has completed a new Bell 505 helicopter accessory fitting designed to improve safety.

Developed as an attachment point for utility accessories such as personal restraint harnesses during doors-off flight operations, the assembly is now FAA-approved as a supplemental type certificate (STC) component.

Each machined aluminum assembly can be easily attached to existing Bell 505 rear seat hard points and allows for two rings supporting a total of 600 pounds (300 pounds per side).

Safety can be enhanced with harness systems

The fitting can be used in any of the three aft seat positions and can be installed and removed without tools or log entries. Flight testing of the device proved that safety can certainly be enhanced for rear seat passengers wearing restraint harness systems when operating with doors off in the Bell 505.