25-Apr-2018 Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) today announced that the Civil Aviation Administration of China has validated the H125 (formerly AS350) Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificate, clearing the way for installation of IBFs on Airbus H125 helicopters in China.
Baoli Aviation is the first operator in China to install and fly with the IBFs. In addition to a range of other aircraft, Baoli operates a fleet of six H125s (B3e version), and has purchased three Donaldson IBF systems for the Airbus fleet. Two of the H125s are already flying with IBF protection, and Baoli is pleased with their performance, according to Marketing Director Ian Renyuan Wang.
The Baoli H125s fly a range of firefighting, agricultural spraying and load carrying missions in dusty and sandy environments, so quality inlet protection is essential to prevent damage to valuable engines, Wang said. “We compared IBFs and found that the Donaldson system provides the best protection,” he added. “The engine is so clean without any loss of power – all our pilots love it.”
“Donaldson is pleased to once again expand the reach of our IBF systems and bring superior engine protection to H125 operators in China,” said Dan Larsen, General Manager, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense. “We are also pleased to work with Baoli Aviation to introduce IBF protection to the country.”