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Life Cycle Cost Advantages Help Donaldson Win Competition to Equip L.A. County Sheriff Department AS350s With Filters

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., is helping one of the nation’s lead- ing local law enforcement agen- cies improve the safety, efficiency and cost-effective operation of its aviation unit. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department (LASD) Aero Bureau selected the company to provide inlet barrier filters (IBF) for the Bureau’s fleet of 12 new American Eurocopter AS350B2 AStar helicopters. IBFs are exceptionally efficient filtration systems that prevent ingestion of airborne contaminants during flight operations without affect- ing the rotorcraft’s engine power and life capabilities.


Known for exceptionally low life cycle costs (4,500-hour fil- ter life), Donaldson IBFs pro- tect vital turbine engine com- pressor components from costly erosion by desert or coastal sand, soot from fires and other particles that enter engine intakes during flight or ground operations.

“Controlling and reducing

direct operating costs are pri- orities for those who fly impor- tant public service missions — and compromising service or safety is not an option,” said Bob Stenberg, Donaldson St. Louis Business Development Director. “After careful review, the Aero Bureau determined Donaldson provides the lowest life cycle costs due to long filter life, less frequent inspections, rugged component design and simple, intuitive maintenance.” Donaldson IBFs also are com- patible with the AS350 and EC130’s operating manual, allowing flight to basic inlet rotorcraft performance charts, with no restrictions or penal- ties. As a result, operators can


expect to attain the most aircraft performance at the most eco- nomical life cycle cost. The AS350 and EC130 IBFs have been designed for cus- tomer-friendly installation and maintenance. The rugged flat filter assembly with its corrosion and erosion resistant stainless- steel-encased media can be quickly and easily removed for cleaning and reinstallation. No composite modification is required for installation, and the system withstands the high heat environment of the heli- copter engine compartment for years of service thanks to its durable design. The Aero Bureau flies a range of missions, including patrol and homeland security, averaging over 300 rescue missions annu- ally above all terrain, including mountainous regions and over water. Law enforcement depart- ments deserve the best protection available, and they often demand Donaldson. ◆

The Aviation Unit provides airborne law enforcement sup- port to all components within the Pasco Sheriff’s Office seven days a week. The aviation unit is responsible for covering approximately 745 square miles of land, 21 miles of coastline, and 180 square miles of water- ways. Duties include search, res- cue and recovery missions, sur- veillance operations, domestic marijuana eradication, traffic enforcement, investigative transportation and aerial pho- tography for investigation and courtroom presentation. “Pasco County has a lot of difficult terrain to protect 24/7 and has been looking to acquire NVGs for some time now,” explained Randy Rowles, VP Business Development and Director of NVG Training at Night Flight Concepts. “We are pleased to be given the oppor- tunity to assist their unit with NVG planning, acquisition and training,” Rowles said. ◆

Pasco County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit Selects Night Flight Concepts to Provide NVG Equipment and Training

Night Flight Concepts, a leading provider of night vision solutions, is pleased to announce that it has been selected to provide Night Vision Goggles (NVG) and training to the Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Aviation Unit.

Howard County Police Maryland Receives Aero Dynamix NVG Conversion

Aero Dynamix Inc. is very proud to announce the comple-

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