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flight in falling or blowing snow or with visible moisture in non-icing conditions. Installation is straightforward,

with a drop-in design requiring lit- tle aircraft modification. Providing the most comprehensive line of

IBF solutions, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense is the indus- try leader in the design, develop- ment and manufacture of high- performance engine IBF systems for commercial and military propulsion systems. ◆

sages are sent instantaneously using a reliable satellite network with global coverage to ensure efficient com- munications. In addi- tion to its low weight (350 grams, or about 12 ounces), the G5 can

be mounted in the cockpit in a Dzus-rail

tional capabilities an IBF offers. Donaldson Inlet Barrier Filter

Donaldson Announces European STC for Inlet Barrier Filter for AgustaWestland A119/AW119 Ke Helicopters

Donaldson Aerospace &

Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for the AgustaWestland A119/AW119 Ke helicopters. A welcome equipment addition

to these versatile aircraft, the IBF helps prevent engine damage in all environments including maritime and land-based operations alike. European A119/AW119 Ke opera- tors now have the opportunity to realize the proven operating cost reductions and increased opera-


systems are already in use by operators worldwide in corporate, rescue, firefighting and utility mis- sions. IBFs prevent particulates and contaminants from damaging the turbine, including very small diameter sand/ramp grit and salt spray. Strong engine performance is maintained with IBF installation. The A119/AW119 Ke IBF sys-

tem features flat filter assemblies with an integral bypass design, creating a sealed intake plenum. The emergency bypass capability is an important IBF feature and is not included in traditional sand fil- ters and particle separators. A simple compact cockpit switch allows for indication/activation of the bypass system, and an inte- gral Filter Maintenance Aid also allows for on-condition inspec- tions, pre- and post-flight, to assist in mission planning and visual inspection of filter condition. No restrictions are imposed for

4 Guardian 5 Makes Its Debut

Guardian Mobility recently announced the release of its newest product, the Guardian 5. The Guardian 5, part of a full line of satellite-based aircraft commu- nications and data solutions, brings new functionality to the arena of portable satellite Automated Flight Following (AFF) systems by allowing real-time, two-way text messaging. Authorized ground personnel can send messages to and receive messages from the crew, any- where in the world, from any internet-connected computer or smart phone using the Iridium satellite network. The crew can select any one of

dozens of user-defined, canned messages or, using the unique scroll-wheel/cursor control, enter free-form messages. All mes-

rack or in a portable cradle that allows it to be removed from the aircraft for true bat-

tery-powered, portable operation not requiring an STC. "We are excited to expand our

family of products to provide increased functionality to our cus- tomers. With the G5, the flight crew can be connected to the ground crew without any limita- tions," said Howard Pearl, Guardian's President and CEO. "This demonstrates the adaptabili- ty of our network infrastructure to enable cutting-edge features as technology evolves," he com- mented.

Guardian Mobility Updates its FDM STC for AS350 helicopters

Guardian Mobility also announced that its STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) for installation of its Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) equipment on

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