Zephyr has developed a patented method of maintaining the rescue hoist and its cable as required by the hoist OEMs without having to fly the helicopter, in a safe and efficient manner. The Zephyr Rescue Hoist Ground Support Equipment (RHGSE) was introduced in 2005. The RHGSE provides the capabilities of protecting, tensioning, cleaning, drying, and lubricating the rescue hoist cable as required by the hoist OEMs after each mission and/or at hoist and cable maintenance times, without having to fly the helicopter.
In addition, along with the RHGSE, Zephyr developed a method of inspecting the rescue hoist cable with the introduction of the Zephyr Rescue Hoist Magnetic Inspection System, (MagSens™) in 2005. The MagSens system provides the rescue hoist maintainer the capability to measure and record locations of defects/indications, both internally and externally, in the rescue hoist cable and provides a permanent record of the inspection results in a matter of minutes.