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Crash-resistant fuel tank FAA certified

12th December 2017 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of helicopters.

The certification has cleared the way for delivery to launch customers Air Methods Corporation and WeatherTech Aviation to begin.

The CRFT has been developed as a direct replacement for all AS350 models, including the AS350 C, AS350 D/D1, AS350 B/B1/B2/BA/B3 and AS350 B3e (H125), and the EC130 B4. The tank has a crash-resistant fuel bladder with the same capacity as the legacy fuel cell, and uses magnetic field sensor fuel gauging technology and vent system roll-over protection. The CRFT is compliant with the latest FAR Part 27.952 fuel system crash resistance requirements, even when used in combination with a cargo swing.

Elvis Moniz, StandardAero’s vice president of business development for airframe and avionics solutions, said: ‘We are delighted that, through our long-standing record in successful STC development and Robertson’s established reputation in developing fuel containment solutions, we have been able to jointly make this retrofittable crash-worthy fuel system a cost-effective reality for civilian, governmental and military operators worldwide.’

European Aviation Safety Agency certification of the CRFT is expected to follow shortly.

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