Brazil certifies Donaldson filters for H130

Brazil certifies Donaldson filters for H130

20-Oct-2015 Source: Donaldson

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense’s Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) are helping operators of more than 275 Airbus Helicopters H130 and H125B3/B3e dual hydraulic aircraft protect their engines — and now, new certification from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has cleared the way for H130T2 operators in Brazil to realize the same benefits.

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a business unit within Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), will be displaying IBF systems for the H130T2 and the Bell Helicopter 407 in Booth 535 at the 2015 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Long Beach, California, Oct. 19-21.

One of many satisfied H130 customers is John Butera, Chief Executive Officer of Hospital Wing. Butera’s organization operates five helicopters with Donaldson IBF protection. According to Butera, “Hospital Wing decided to install the Donaldson IBF on our first EC130B4 that we placed in service in 2013. We were searching for a solution that would help us get closer to reaching engine time between overhaul (TBO) limits and to reduce foreign object damage (FOD) and environmentally induced erosion issues causing aircraft down time and escalated maintenance costs.” Butera said Hospital Wing’s experience has been “only positive,” adding, “you can see the difference that the filtration provides with the naked eye. Our filtered engines are noticeably cleaner on the inside with virtually no erosion and FOD damage.”

“Preventing damage in all environments is a critical factor when it comes to lifesaving missions,” said Matt Fortuna, General Manager for Global Aerospace and Defense. “Protecting the intake also provides another layer of safety by keeping damaging contaminants from entering the engine and degrading its performance.”

Design of the EC130T2 IBF features a sealed intake plenum that replaces inlet screens or less effective sand filter/particle separators and utilizes the existing cowl with minimal modification, including incorporation of an aft-facing bypass system.  The filter and bypass system are flush with the upper surface of the cowling, utilizing an internal bypass plenum.  Emergency bypass capability is an important Donaldson IBF feature that is lacking in most traditional sand filters and particle separators.

All electrical components are easily accessed from inside the cowling with minimal effort.  A simple compact cockpit switch, common with existing Donaldson IBF systems, allows indication and activation of the bypass system.  As with all Donaldson certified IBFs, an integral Filter Maintenance Aid allows for on-condition inspections between established service intervals, eliminating unnecessary filter servicing. The flat filter design also allows for quick removal and easy service.

About Donaldson Aerospace & Defense

Donaldson’s Aerospace & Defense business unit 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 and providing quality products and prompt customer service. Our group serves customers from sales, engineering and manufacturing locations around the world.

About Donaldson

Founded 100 years ago, Donaldson (NYSE: DCI) is a global leader in the filtration industry. The Company’s innovative filtration technologies improve people’s lives, enhance Customers’ equipment performance and protect the environment. More than 12,500 employees support Customers at 140 sales, manufacturing and distribution locations. For more information, visit http://www.Donaldson.com.

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