17-Dec-2011 Source: Simplex
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted an STC for Simplex Aerospaceâ€™s new power line insulator and windmill cleaning system for the Eurocopter AS350 and 355 series. The STC, number SR02207SE issued on 12-15-2011, is the newest product in the companyâ€™s 65 year history of innovation. The Aerial Cleaning system represents the thirdÂ generation of aerial cleaning equipment delivering superior performance and value to power utility providers and helicopter operators.
Routine cleaning of power line insulators and windmills significantly enhances power transmission and generation. â€œThis new system from Simplex will allow operators to accomplish the power line and windmill cleaning mission with enhanced productivity and safetyâ€, said Mark Zimmerman, President and CEO of Simplex.Â Â â€œThis product represents several years of refinement resulting in the most efficient and effective solution for utility cleaning.â€
The Aerial Cleaning system utilizes a 180 gallon water tank significantly increasing operating times between refills. The nozzled boom extends past the rotor tips providing extended washing distance permitting operators to clean hard to reach insulator strings. The power assisted operator control reduces operator fatigue facilitating safer and longer operating days. In total test results show the Aerial Cleaning system delivers three times the productivity of other systems.
Operators and utility providers continue to find new uses for Simplexâ€™s versatile washing system. Canadian Helicopters Ltd. purchased the first Aerial Cleaning system for use on the AS350B3 for windmill de-icing operations in Canada.
Founded in 1946, Simplex has built a reputation as the leader in design, manufacturing, and certification of aerial application systems and mission equipment for helicopters. Simplex maintains its industry leadership by incorporating the latest technology in design and manufacturing systems from high-strength, low-weight composite materials to produce cost-effective systems for firefighting and other aerial applications.