Electric Rescue Hoist Ground Support Equipment


Mobile Electric RHGSE with standard Three Groove Capstans. (Does not include MagSens).
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Mobile Electric RHGSE with standard Three Groove Capstans and MagSens.
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Mobile Electric RHGSE with optional Four Groove Capstans(Does not include MagSens).
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Mobile Electric RHGSE with optional Four Groove Capstans and MagSens.
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Zephyr introduces the latest version of its patented rescue hoist ground support equipment. Building on the manual rescue hoist ground support tool, the new design incorporates an electrical motor to extend the cable instead of requiring the operator to crank the handle to extend the cable. The design is such that the manual crank handle is retained so that the tool can be used on the flight line in the manual mode. This version provides great versatility and simplicity to the user.

While in the hanger it can be electrically operated while extending and automatic while retracting.  As a back up or on the flight line it is manually operated while extend and automatic while retracting.

The Electrical RHGSE will extend the rescue hoist cable at loads in excess of 25 lbs / 11.4 kg. and allows the retracting of the cable with loads up to the rated load of the rescue hoist.

Capstans and Pressure Roller Arms

The load is transmitted to the cable using two capstan drive rollers. Each roller is precisely sized to accommodate the cable and feeding it into the rotating tub. The capstans are made from a material that maintains high friction between the cable and the rollers, even if the cable is lubricated. The cable is held tight against the capstans by two pressure roller arms at the entry and exit tangent points where the cable makes contact.

The Electric RHGSE can use either three or four groove Capstans, depending on the model purchased or if upgraded.

Standard Three Groove Capstans

For the three groove versions, the upper capstan and the lower capstans are made of different hardness material. The lower capstan is harder to react to the load and the upper capstan is softer to provide a good grip on the cable.

Optional Four Groove Capstans

The (optional) four groove versions use a stainless steel first groove and both upper and lower capstans use the same urethane material. The first groove takes the high loads and the remaining three grooves provide the grip to develop the load on the cable.

Load Indication System

The load indication system uses a load cell to measure the torque in the system and visually displays the load in the cable.

The electrical power required is 110 VAC up to 10 amps or 220 VAC up to 5 amps.  The operator plugs the unit in to the shop power source and attaches the rescue hoist cable and then actuates the extend switch and the system is ready to extend the entire length of cable.  Then the operator engages the clutch system and the cable can be retracted while the load is displayed on the digital readout. The system includes the ability to wash, dry, and lubricate the cable and is compatible with the MagSens rescue hoist cable inspection system.

Lubridryer Assembly

The cable is cleaned, dried and can be lubricated using the Lubridryer. The Lubridryer includes replaceable pads that clean the wire and also can be used to provide lubrication to the cable. If the rotating tub has been filled with fresh water to wash the saline residue off the cable, compressed air from the onboard air compressor is fed to the Lubridryer to dry the cable as it is reeled back on the rescue hoist. The Lubridryer is equipped with an oil shut off valve in order to provide you the flexibility of starting or stopping the lubricant from being released.

Easily Transportable

Easily transported by one person, forklift or tug.

Optional Accessories


Magnetic Rescue Hoist Cable Inspection System
NSN: 3950-01-580-1775

The cable structural integrity is measured using the MagSens head. The system requires a customer supplied laptop computer to interface with the system electronics via a USB cable to measure and record permanent records of the cable structural integrity.

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Protective Cover used on the Manual and Electric RHGSE (Top only, color black).
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Technical Specifications

  • Maximum load retracting 600 lbs / 272.7 kg
  • Minimum load retracting 10 lbs / 4.5 kg
  • Maximum load extending 50 lbs / 22.7 kg
  • Maximum speed- unlimited
  • Maximum length cable- 300 ft / 91.44 m
  • • Load indication- standard
  • • Cable cleaning and desalination system standard
  • Input Power • 110 VAC 6 amps • 220 VAC 3 amps
  • Dimensional Data:
  • • Length - 28 in / 71.1cm
  • • Width – 33 in / 83.8 cm
  • • Height – 52 in / 132.1 cm • Weight - 600 lbs / 272.7 kg
  • Easily transported by one person, forklift or tug.