After the initial setup, the equipment attaches easily to the helicopter framework without using tools. It permits ropes to be attached quickly for rappelling-like activities. Formerly, many agencies that use helicopters for emergency missions had their personnel stand on the skids and hold onto grab bars. This practice was not only relatively unsafe, but it limited what personnel could see. It also exposed their backs as targets. The use of grab bars on emergency helicopters is rapidly disappearing. TSOP brings increased safety and comfort to the special operations platform.
Tyler Technologies, a division of Tyler Camera Systems, is the designer and manufacturer of the bench. Tyler Camera Systems has been making camera mounts for helicopters for 40 years. Tyler Technologies designed the helicopter platform with the help of the Los Angeles Police Department. Made of aluminum tubing, it mounts to the skids with quick-connect clamps. Once the clamps are installed, TSOP can be installed within five minutes. When not in use, this special operations platform can be stored vertically.
TSOP is a helicopter platform equipped with folding footrests, which adds to comfort and practicality. Optional equipment for this special operations platform includes a rescue litter or carrier for external cargo outside the cabin.
The company’s Power Bench is a helicopter platform specially designed for use by electrical personnel so they can inspect and maintain overhead power lines. The anchor points and tie-in rings that the system is equipped with can accommodate, respectively, seat belts and safety harnesses for the maximum safety personnel.
Like the company’s other benches, the Power Bench brings safety to the forefront. It also allows personnel to work easily from the position of a comfortable seat. Though the bench allows most work to be completed swiftly, safety trumps speed every time.
Tyler Technologies has a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for the manufacture of TSOP that attaches to a helicopter framework. It’s compatible with the AS-350, AS-355, MD-500 and BH-407 helicopters, and it's becoming a standard, well-regarded element for the helicopter platform used in emergency situations.