The platform design has special features for comfort and for convenience such as an ergonomic folding footrest. There are special quick-connect clamps for mounting the platform to the cross tubes. The platform can be safely moved into a vertical position on a helicopter if the platform is not necessary for a flight. The technicians do not need to make special modifications to the helicopter framework while they are installing the platform. The design has features for handling the need for quick action during a mission.
Statistics for Durability
The materials have the highest ratings for quality and for reliability. After the initial phase for testing a helicopter mount, there is usually a short time period when some minor problems become evident. There are several statistics for verifying the durability of the TSOP. The platforms have been used on more than 50,000 missions for more than 200,000 flight hours. The statistical evidence supports the durability of the materials and the reliability of the platform design for a helicopter framework.
The platform has been used by teams for police missions, for surveillance operations and for search and rescue efforts during emergencies. There are several tactical applications such as for transporting boxes of emergency supplies, using rappelling equipment for emergency rescues on rooftops and for providing a police officer with an unobstructed view for aiming a weapon. A member of an emergency rescue team can safely sit on the platform while also using a rope to lower boxes of food and medical supplies to the stranded victims in a flooded area.
The lightweight, aerodynamic design is crucial for flight missions because the weight of the helicopter must be lifted by the forces from the rotor blades. The platform does not add a hazardous amount of weight to the helicopter, which increases the degree of practicality for the platform. The helicopter mount be used to lift several boxes of supplies or more than one member of an emergency team without exceeding the maximum load limit.
The anchor points for safety harnesses or for seat belts also increase the practicality of the platform because a tactical team is not forced to install anchor clips or rings on the helicopter framework. The safety features are designed to increase the usefulness of the helicopter mount by simplifying the tasks for emergency personnel. Tactical teams can use less time for preparing the platform and more time for completing important missions. Versatility and convenience are top reasons for using the Tyler Special Operations Platform.