ecms Aviation Systems has delivered its first adapter to make its fixed-arm hoist on the EC145 retractable. The Remseck, Germany-based firm developed the adapter for its External Abseil Device (EAD01) hoist for the Germany's Hessen police, for which the hoist also was developed. That agency got the first adapters for the Eurocopter
aircraft. According to the company, the adapter allows extension and retraction of the hoist arm for rescue (as well as fast-roping operations) with no onboard tools. It said the adapter has been certified by EASA and FAA
approval is pending. Adapters also are available for the EC135.