Brazil’s ANAC Certifies AFS Inlet Barrier Filter for Eurocopter EC130 and AS350B3 Dual Hydraulic Helicopters

Brazil’s ANAC Certifies AFS Inlet Barrier Filter for Eurocopter EC130 and AS350B3 Dual Hydraulic Helicopters

15-Apr-2010 Source: Aerospace Filtration Systems

Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) and a division of the Aerospace and Defense Group, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for the Eurocopter EC130 B4 and Eurocopter AS350B3 helicopters with dual hydraulic systems.

Donaldson Inlet Barrier Filter systems are already in use on Eurocopter AS350 and EC130 models worldwide, providing reliable performance to operators worldwide, performing law enforcement, air medical, firefighting, news gathering and utility missions.

“We are very pleased to now offer our proven EC130/AS350B3 IBF to operators in Brazil,” said Donaldson St. Louis Business Development Director Robert Stenberg.  “This important ANAC certification gives individual and mixed fleet operators the ability to equip their helicopters with the best engine protection available.”  The approval allows operation to the basic inlet performance charts with no inlet driven flight or gross weight restrictions, and pilots have the option to use the sand filter performance charts when required.

The Donaldson system features a sealed intake plenum that replaces the inlet screens, sand filter/particle separator or alternate barrier filter.  Design of the IBF allows easy installation, utilizing the existing cowl with top surface modification only.  The filter and aft-facing bypass system are flush with the upper surface of the EC130 or B3 dual hydraulic cowling, utilizing an internal bypass plenum.  The bypass capability is an important IBF safety feature that is lacking in most traditional sand filters and particle separators.

Providing the most comprehensive line of IBF solutions, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense is the industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance engine IBF systems for commercial and military propulsion systems.
Through their Donaldson St. Louis location, AFS provides certified IBF solutions for the following:
•    AgustaWestland A119 Koala, AW119Ke and AW139
•    Bell 205A1, 206B, 407, 206L-3/4, 206L-1(C30), 429 and 430
•    Eurocopter EC130, AS350 B/BA/B1/B2/B3, AS350’s with Soloy or Heli-Lynx Honeywell engine conversions
•    MD Helicopters MD 369H Series, MD 500D/E/F and MD 900/902
IBF solutions for the AgustaWestland AW109 Power and Grand, Eurocopter EC135 as well as the Bell 206L are currently in development.

To learn more about the Donaldson Aerospace & Defense group, visit www.donaldson.aero or www.afs.donaldson.com.

About Donaldson Aerospace & Defense
Donaldson’s Aerospace & Defense group is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems for the aerospace and defense industry. Our filtration solutions protect fixed wing aircraft, rotorcraft, military ground vehicles, electronic equipment, space vehicles, missiles, military shipboard systems, and amphibious vehicles. We are committed to advancing filtration technology, providing quality products and prompt customer service. Our group serves customers from sales, engineering, and manufacturing locations around the world.

About Donaldson Company
Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people’s lives, enhance our customers’ equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven company committed to satisfying our customers’ needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our employees contribute to the company’s success by supporting our customers at our more than 100 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world. Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at www.donaldson.com.

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