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FDC/aerofilter Systems for S-76 A+, A++, C - Now approved by JCAB

5th December 2008 - 05:21 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The JCAB of Japan announced on 12 December 2008 that FAA STC SR01616SE has been formerly approved in Japan with No Operational restrictions.

The entire Sikorsky S76 fleet operated by the Japanese Coast Guard is now equipped with FDC/aerofilter Media Barrier filter systems, with the J.C.G. S76 fleet used for Maritime law enforcement, patrol, and rescue operations in all weather conditions.

FDC/aerofilter points out that all Sikorsky S-76 Turbomeca Arriel 1 & 2 powered helicopters are now FAA approved for installation of FDC filter systems.

EASA approval for Europe is also imminent with an announcement to be made shortly.

FDC president Andrew Rowen notes, '' The equipping of the Japanese Coast Guard's Sikorsky S76 Arriel powered fleet with FDC/aerofilter Media Barrier Systems is a follow-up to the FAA's removal of snow restrictions on our S-76C+ system in the United States and the addition of the A+, A++ and C models to the FAA STC.

The Flight testing for this approval had previously been carried out on an S76A++ belonging to Lloyd helicopters, as part of the flight testing and documentation process the presentation and layout of the Flight Manual for S76 FDC equipped helicopters has been harmonized for all models.

FDC president Andrew Rowen also noted that the application C+, C++ system to the earlier A+, A++, C models was achieved with greater than 97% parts commonality, with the Filter Health Monitor requiring a change due to differences between the Turbomeca Arriel 1 & 2 series power plant parameters.

FDC/aerofilter systems provide total engine protection for turbine helicopters under all conditions, increasing safety, reducing maintenance costs, eliminating FOD and erosion. The Japanese Coast Guards further acquisition of FDC Filter systems for the earlier models of the S76 is another clear example of our product's value to government and civil helicopter operators around the world. Look for additional approvals on existing and new helicopter IBF systems in the near future''

About FDC/aerofilter

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 series, 600 and OH6, Sikorsky S-76 C++ and C+, AS350 Helilynx & Soloy Honeywell conversions. 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.fdcaerofilter.com


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