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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Donaldson Hosts Session Amid Flurry of Activity

Donaldson recently received FAA certification for its AS350B3e filter on the Turbomeca Arriel 2D.  Photos courtesy of Donaldson 

St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth 8451) is holding an engine filter seminar at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. The workshop, “Engine Protection—Realizing Return on Investment (ROI) Quickly,” comes after a series of recent agreements with various operators across the spectrum, including for offshore, EMS and police, in addition to military users of the company’s inlet barrier filters (IBFs).

Just before the show, Donaldson inked a contract with Saudi Aramco to supply IBF systems on a fleet of 14 AgustaWestland AW139s. With the order, Saudi Aramco is set to become the largest fleet operator for the AW139 filter system.

Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare (IHC)’s Life Flight has also chosen an IBF for its AW109SP. The HEMS provider operates the Wasatch Mountain Range around Salt Lake City and in hot landing zones of St. George in southern Utah.

In addition, Donaldson has provided an IBF system for Kenya Police Air-Wing’s Eurocopter AS350 B3e. Eurocopter South Africa installed the filter in the new helicopter. Kenya Police Air-Wing becomes the first IBF operator in Africa.

On the military side, Donaldson recently delivered filters for the last of more than 180 U.S. Army Bell TH-67 trainers. Installation took place at the Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.

The engine filter seminar will take place in Room C-145 of the convention center. Topics will include how filtration affects engine performance and what to expect after installing an inlet barrier filter.

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