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ON FINAL APPROACH
Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc.
Certifies High Performance Engine Inlet Filter For Bell 430
Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. • Unique intake bypass system not tional capability while maintaining
(AFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of available with the certified 430 parti- maximum engine protection.
Donaldson Company, Inc. and a division cle separator;
of the Aerospace & Defense group, has • Simple compact cockpit switch, com- To achieve the certification, AFS
received a Supplemental Type Certificate mon with all our certified systems, worked in partnership with a large off-
from the Federal Aviation Administration allows indication and activation of shore energy exploration operator who as-
for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for the bypass system; sisted in the flight test development
the Bell 430 helicopter. With this new IBF • Integral Filter Maintenance Aid al- program. “We are eager to support cus-
solution, Bell 430 fleet operators will lows for on-condition inspections be- tomers’ needs. Operators worldwide have
quickly realize a return on their invest- tween established cleaning intervals, contacted us requesting assistance in im-
ment through reduced operating costs eliminating unnecessary service--fil- proving engine protection for their 430 he-
along with enhanced performance and ex- ter service cycle is required at 300 licopters,” said Robert Stenberg, Business
panded operational capabilities. flight hours or one year with each fil- Development Director for AFS. “Our Bell
The IBF system includes the
ter capable of 15 service cycles 430 system can help offshore, corporate,
(4,500 flight hours) or possibly helicopter emergency medical services
following features:
sooner if operating in high sand/dust and other operators reduce the likelihood
• Sealed intake plenum on each engine content adverse environment condi- of engine damage from foreign object de-
intake with integral filter elements tions; and bris, salt-spray corrosion and other conta-
that replace the inlet screens or inter- • Performance operation to the basic minants, offering a better solution than
nal particle separator; inlet charts providing operators addi- currently available.”
HELI-EXPO BOOTH #2921
46 ROTORCRAFT PROFESSIONAL • January 2010
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