FDC/aerofilter Receives Transport Canada Acceptance AS350 B3 Dual Hydraulics IBF System STC
IBF industry leader FDC/aerofilter announced today that its FAA STC'd filtration system for the dual-hydraulic system AS350 B3 has been accepted by Transport Canada. The system can be Operated in Falling and Blowing Snow with No Restriction. Eurocopter adapted the cowling system from the EC130 B4 for the dual-hydraulic AS350 B3, making it a logical choice for FDC to likewise adapt the company's approved EC130 filtration system and cowling interface to the aircraft. The new installation only raises the overall height of the cowling 4 inches.
FDC president Andrew Rowen is particularly enthusiastic about the latest approval, mostly because the aircraft's first Canadian Customer is through the OEM. "The inaugural USA customer for the B3 was the Department of Homeland Security, who is working in some of the most demanding operating conditions in the world, patrolling the US Southern border" says Rowen. "Our filter made a night and day difference for the US Border Patrol, who were operating in the same desert environment and only getting a few hundred hours before their engines were unserviceable. Our product extended the service life of their engines three to five times longer, which saved them an enormous amount of money and downtime. Homeland Security will likely enjoy the same cost savings, maintenance benefits, and increased flight safety."
FDC/aerofilter originated the inlet barrier filtration (IBF) system for turbine engine helicopters in 1995. The system is proven to eliminate FOD and engine erosion under the harshest operating environments worldwide. FDC/aerofilter offers the most comprehensive line of certified systems, including the Bell 206B/OH58, 206L1/3/4 and 407, Eurocopter AS350B series D, EC120, EC130, MD500, 600 and OH6, Sikorsky S-76 C+ and Soloy AS350 Honeywell conversion. Clean air dramatically cuts operating costs and increases reliability by reducing engine maintenance, decreasing downtime, and maintaining engine health. For more information on current products, please visit FDC/aerofilter's website at: http://www.fdc-aerofilter.com
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