29-Feb-2016 Source: Robertson
Robertson Fuel Systems (RFS), a HEICO Company and renowned provider of military-grade fuel systems, is working with Firehawk Helicopters to test and certify a Conformal Auxiliary Fuel System (CAFS) for installation on commercial Sikorsky S-70 helicopters. Firehawk is currently flight testing the aircraft, and certification is expected by the end of 2016.
A BHI Squared Helicopters UH-60A with two 100-gallon external tanks will be featured in the Static Display area (1, 2, 3) throughout HAI HELI-EXPO 2016. More information about the CAFS is available at the BHI Squared Helicopters (12636) or Robertson exhibit (8739).
Firehawk Helicopters President Bart Brainerd said that once certified, the tanks will help his company compete for contracts that mandate auxiliary fuel tanks while enhancing the aircraft’s performance with more range and mission capability.
Two CAFS tanks will provide increased range of approximately 124 nautical miles or up to 75 minutes of additional aircraft endurance. The CAFS is a crashworthy, ballistically self-sealing, single-point pressure refuelable tank.
About Robertson Fuel Systems
Robertson Fuel Systems, a HEICO Company based in Tempe, Arizona, designs, develops, produces and sustains primary and auxiliary fuel systems for military and civil applications. HEICO Corporation is a New York Stock Exchange listed company (NYSE: HEI and HEI.A). The company’s technology-driven and electronics products have been used for aerospace, industrial, and defense industries for more than 55 years.
About BHI Squared Helicopters
BHI Squared Helicopters is collaboration between Brown Helicopter, Inc. of Pensacola, Florida and Brainerd Helicopters, Inc. of Leesburg, Florida. Collectively the two companies have over two decades of experience supporting and operating the Sikorsky UH-60/S-70 BLACK HAWKs. Firehawk Helicopters (a division of Brainerd Helicopters) operates eight commercially available Sikorsky S-70/UH-60 helicopters for multiple missions, including fire fighting, aerial crane, construction, and flight testing. The company also flies Airbus Helicopters H125s.