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AFS and Metro Aviation Collaborate on Innovative
EC135 Inlet Barrier Filter Design
Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. amount of modification and weight. We
(AFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Don- are very aware of the critical importance
aldson Company, Inc. and division of the of useful load on this multi-mission air-
Aerospace and Defense Group, announces craft, especially in Helicopter Emergency
a new partnership with Metro Aviation of Medical Service (HEMS) operations.”
Shreveport, La., on the development of an This project brings together two rotor-
innovative Eurocopter EC135 Inlet Barrier craft industry leaders, each continuing its
Filter (IBF) system. longtime commitment to providing the
Donaldson's Aerospace and Defense best solutions for customers. “The part-
Group is leading the design and develop- nership between Metro Aviation and Don-
ment program with assistance from Metro aldson Aerospace and Defense was a
Aviation along with an initial order for the natural progression. Often through collab-
first five kits to serve Metro's completion oration, the best companies in a select in-
customers and its operational fleet. The let design, we are able to capitalize on the dustry provide the best products,”
IBF system features multiple long-life fil- ram recovery characteristics without sac- commented Milton Geltz, Metro Aviation
ter assemblies that are internally mounted rifice to the internal component cooling Managing Director. “Metro wants to main-
to the existing EC135 cowlings, resulting margin afforded by airflow over the trans- tain its position as a leader in customer sat-
in no drag penalties and no potential for mission and associated drive train,” said isfaction and pioneering technology, as
environmental harm associated with ex- Michael Scimone, President of AFS. “We proven with our new EC135 air condition-
ternally mounted designs. are focused on the optimal configuration ing system, and this new IBF design con-
“By utilizing the existing Eurocopter in- for the EC135 helicopter with a minimal tinues the lineage of our leadership.”

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