Hoist harness

The unique design of the hoist harness offers a safe and comfortable solution for SAR crews all over the world.

Our hoist harness comes in several versions to match specific needs and fits perfectly together with the rest of Lite Flite’s helicopter rescue equipment

Maximum comfort

In general, our hoist harness is constructed without shoulder straps in order to secure maximum comfort and to allow the winchman to move his legs freely in order to support the rescued person during the hoist ride to the helicopter. Likewise, to prevent the winchman to slide  in case of a head down position, the harness has a unique design of the front part, where the waist belt locks itself on to the hips. It is important that each winchman has a harness that fits him perfectly, which is why our harnesses come in different sizes. We even have an extra small version specifically made for the Asian market. Custom designs can usually be made upon request, if the EC type certification is not breached. In short, we have a hoist harness for every winchman.

 

Next generation

Lite Flite hoist harnesses next generation 1493-series has replaced our classic 1453-series. All of them can be used together with our lanyards, lanyard connector, Quick Release Box and the rest of our helicopter equipment. They all have accessory D-rings that will break away if the force exceeds some 40-60kg. Thus, you can carry a guide line or a pair of swim fins, but if these items get stuck, it will not cause you and the helicopter to be accidently firmly tied to i.e. ship wreckage.
The next generation harnesses have been optimized to be even safer and more comfortable than the classic series. We have for instance moved the side adjusters a little bit forward to reduce the risk of having your ribs hurt in a fall.

 

Materials for the marine environment

In order to maximize product lifetime, we naturally only use the best materials. Thus, all adapters, rings and adjusters are made of corrosion treated stainless steel resistant for the marine environment. The new generation hoist harnesses have webbing made of polyester. Polyester is our latest go-to fabric as it does not absorb water and is impervious to dirt. Our comfort paddings are made by utilizing a 3D-spacer material. It is light weight and only 6mm thick, but with the same protection as the classic, dual layer, traditional 15mm cell foam. The padding is slightly drop shaped and extends below the harness, to protect the lower part of the spine and coccyx. The padding on the leg straps has a curved and slotted inner profile. Because the padding is moveable, even under suspension, it is very easy to distribute the pressure at the back of the thighs. This is not for comfort only; it also reduces the risk of suspension trauma. These paddings can be replaced as they may be exposed to wear.

Winchman hoist harness

Multiple ways of suspension

All Lite Flite hoist harnesses feature our specially made tang for Quick Release Box, QRB. Some harnesses are delivered with an additional D-ring in front of (shown) or behind the QRB tang. The latter can be utilized by using a karabiner suspension strap.

Type certification

Lite Flite hoist harnesses are type tested and -approved iaw European Council Regulation 2016/425 and associated European Norms EN813, EN1497, EN358 etc. The EC Regulation has replaced the old, so-called Fall Protection Directive 89/686.

Lite Flite hoist harnesses are considered “Simple PCDS” iaw EASA Certification Memo CM-CS-005, as included in the latest amendment of CS-27 and CS-29.

Selected Part Numbers

Part No.Product 
60081491Helicopter Hoist Harness NG, S-M, adj. lanyard attachment, NSN 1680226306213Product Sheet
60081492Helicopter Hoist Harness NG, XS, adj. lanyard attachment
60081493Helicopter Hoist Harness NG, M-L, adj. lanyard attachment, NSN 1680226306214
60081495Helicopter Hoist Harness NG, XL, adj. lanyard attachment, NSN 1680226313178
60081491LDHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, fully padded, S-M, adj. lanyard att., extra D-ring at front, NSN 1680226311214
60081491LTHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, fully padded, S-M, adj. lanyard att., extra D-ring at front
60081493LDHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, fully padded, M-L, adj. lanyard att., extra D-ring at front, NSN 1680226311212
60081493LTHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, fully padded, M-L, adj. lanyard att., extra D-ring at front
60081495LDHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, fully padded, XL, adj. lanyard att., extra D-ring at front
60081495LTHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, fully padded, XL, adj. lanyard att., extra D-ring at front
60081491NHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, S-M, adj. lanyard attachment, equipment loops, shoulder strap attachment
60081493NHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, M-L, adj. lanyard attachment, equipment loops, shoulder strap attachment
60081495NHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, XL, adj. lanyard attachment, equipment loops, shoulder strap attachment
60081498NShoulder straps / Chest harness, S-M / M-L, for 60081491N/60081493N
60081499NShoulder straps / Chest harness, M-L / XL, for 60081493N/60081495N
60081491RHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, S-M, adj. lanyard attachment, opt. shoulder strap attachment
60081493RHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, M-L, adj. lanyard attachment, opt. shoulder strap attachment
60081495RHelicopter Hoist Harness NG, XL, adj. lanyard attachment, opt. shoulder strap attachment
60081498RShoulder straps / Chest harness, S-M / M-L, for 60081491R/60081493R
60081499RShoulder straps / Chest harness, M-L / XL, for 60081493R/60081495R
60081447Helicopter Hoist Harness, non-padded, leg loops, NSN 4240223090845
60081447LHelicopter Hoist Harness, non-padded, leg loops, additional D-ring front
Note:This is just a selection of our range of products. Please ask for what you do not see !