19-Sep-2013 Source: Donaldson
Donaldson Aerospace and Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (DCI) is exhibiting the company’s Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) at Helitech 2013 in London, 24-26 September, Stand L41. IBFs protect valuable aircraft engine components via an innovative inlet protection technology while allowing maximum aircraft performance, and lower engine maintenance expense and program operating costs.
Certified with no restrictions, Donaldson IBFs allow year-round operations, providing operators confidence that their engine is fully protected during flight in changing weather conditions. Whether flying in snow conditions in the Alps, hot/high summer weather in the Pyrenees or calm coastal skies in the Cote d’Azure, operators equipped with the Donaldson IBF can carry out their mission effectively.
The Donaldson AS350 system features a sealed intake plenum that replaces the inlet screens, sand filter/particle separator or alternate barrier filter. Design allows easy installation, and an inlet bypass system is standard on each model. An intake bypass capability is an important IBF feature that is lacking in most traditional sand filters and particle separators.
EASA certification of the Donaldson IBF for the Eurocopter AS350B3e and other AS350 series aircraft allows European operators access to this proven system. Inlet Barrier Filter systems are already in use by AS350 and EC130 operators worldwide performing law enforcement, air medical, firefighting, news gathering, and utility missions.
Operators recently implementing Donaldson AS350 IBFs include Sweden’s Scandair, Laroyflyg and Walthers Flygservice, as well as Nord Helikopters Norway. Helitrans Pyrenees in Spain has also chosen the IBF for their new AS350B3e. Longtime operators include Specialist Aviation Services in the UK (MD902 IBFs); Hahn Helicopters in Germany (AS350 and MD500 barrier filter systems); and CDC Helicopters and Heli-Swiss.
“Customers from Germany to Nepal and South Africa to Australia are choosing the Donaldson AFS inlet protection solution,” said Business Development Director Robert Stenberg. “Improvements in performance and reduced direct operating costs can be obtained by utilizing the AS350 IBF as compared with alternative inlet protection. The same experience is available throughout our family of IBF products.”
Several IBFs for additional models await EASA approvals including the Eurocopter EC130 B4 and AS350B3 helicopters with dual hydraulic systems as well as the AgustaWestland AW139. Donaldson offers certified IBFs for operators worldwide flying aircraft from AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Bell, and MD Helicopters. Global approvals are also in process in Japan, South America and other regions.
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, and Paris, France, locations, Donaldson provides certified IBF solutions for the AgustaWestland AW109E/S/SP, AW119 Koala, AW119Ke/Kx and AW139; Bell 205A1, 206B, 407, 206L-3/4, 206L-1(C30), 206LR, 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.
Learn more about Donaldson’s line of IBF Systems at www.DonaldsonRotorcraft.com.
About Donaldson Aerospace & Defense
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense 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 approximately 12,600 employees contribute to the Company’s success by supporting our Customers at our more than 140 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.