Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), continues to see growing utilization of its new AgustaWestland AW109E/S/SP Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system by helicopter operators across the globe. Â Idahoâ€™s Summit Air Ambulance was the first AW109E operator to implement the IBF and provided key assistance in developing the barrier filter system.
â€œWe were fortunate to assist Donaldson in performing the initial flight testing and certification of the 109 Inlet Barrier Filter system,â€ said Summit Senior Vice President Larry Bacus. â€œWe fly in extremely dusty environments and I believe this system will cut our non-scheduled maintenance and our engine overhaul costs drastically. The return on investment is substantial and it also enhances our safety program.â€
Installed on Summitâ€™s AW109E ships, the IBF systems will lead to a direct reduction in engine damage and related operating costs for this longtime air medical helicopter operator. Â The IBF provides the most effective protection package available in the industry, preventing engine damage in adverse conditions and ramp environments alike, while maintaining performance.
Summitâ€™s operations include high-altitude landings to assist patients in Idaho, Nevada and across the Western U.S. Â Thanks to the IBF, Summit continues to operate effectively in these service areas, now allowing engines to reach TBO without erosion, glazing or other environmental damage. Â The combination of engine protection and high altitude performance benefits the most important part of Summitâ€™s program which is the ability to provide consistent service to patients.
IBFs are available for three of AgustaWestlandâ€™s AW109 series aircraft; the AW109E Power, AW109S Grand and the AW109SP Grand New. Â Operators of these helicopters can benefit from reduced operating costs, without experiencing performance or drag penalties.
The new IBF is a drop-in system with minimal installation impact. Features include:
- Streamlined conformal filter assemblies on each side, mounted into the existing engine cowl.
- An alternate inlet air bypass system, mounted and hidden within the AW109 upper aft fairing. This emergency bypass capability is an important IBF feature, not included with particle separator alternatives.
- A design that does not interfere with the sliding door and allows for quick removal and service.
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 its St. Louis, Missouri location, Donaldson provides certified IBF solutions for the AgustaWestland AW109E/S/SP, AW119 Koala, AW119Ke and AW139; Bell 205A1, 206B, 407, 206L-3/4, 206L-1(C30), 230, 429 and 430; Eurocopter EC130, AS350 B/BA/B1/B2/B3/B3e, AS350s with Soloy or Heli-Lynx Honeywell engine conversions; and MD Helicopters MD 369H Series, MD 500D/E/F and MD 900/902.Â To learn more about the Donaldson Aerospace & Defense group, visitÂ www.DonaldsonAerospace-Defense.com