Donaldson to Develop Inlet Barrier Filters for Leonardo AW169 Helicopters
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), signs an agreement with Leonardo to develop two new inlet barrier filters (IBF) for the AW169 helicopter.
After development and testing, the dry and oiled media IBFs will be approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an addition to the type certificate. Once certified, the IBFs will be available as a factory option for new Leonardo helicopters as well as retrofitted to in-service European AW169s as a customer option. The IBFs will keep contamination—including dirt, dust, salt and foreign objects—from degrading the performance of the AW169’s twin 1,000-shaft horsepower Pratt & Whitney PW210A engines.
“Providing world-class engine protection to our customers is an ongoing priority for Leonardo Helicopters,” says Fabio Nannoni, SVP of Engineering of Leonardo Helicopters. “Donaldson is the right choice to provide a superior filtration solution for our new generation family of helicopters.”
Donaldson IBFs are already EASA-certified for installation on AW139 and, soon, on AW189 helicopters.
“We are pleased and privileged to be working with Leonardo to bring Donaldson IBF-level protection to the AW169,” says Dan Larsen, general manager, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense. “It’s part of our ongoing commitment to help operators fly even more effectively and efficiently.”
Donaldson’s IBF systems are a key component for lowering aircraft operating costs.
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