Pall Corp. has signed an agreement with Carson Helicopters under which Pall will supply its Centrisep engine advanced protection systems (EAPSs) to support a joint modernization program for the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter. With approximately 620 aircraft in service today, the S-61 model is one of the most widely used commercial and military helicopters. The modernization program provides enhancements to this aircraft that will enable it to perform effectively in severe operating environments and allow for many more years of service. Pall’s EAPS technology is a key contributor to these improvements, providing engine protection under conditions that include sand, dust, rain, snow and ice. Centrisep EAPSs protect helicopter engines from airborne contamination by utilizing centrifugal force to continuously remove particles before they can enter the engine air intake. The EAPS technology extends the life of a helicopter engine against erosion, while enhancing engine safety, reliability, availability and performance. Under the terms of the agreement, Carson Helicopter will hold the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) on the Pall EAPS. Carson is a US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA
)-approved helicopter repair station for the overhaul, repair and remanufacture of all major model helicopters.