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Donaldson Aerospace & Defense Aligns with Global Aviation Services

 - March 6, 2013, 12:20 PM
AgustaWestland AW109

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth No. N6001) a division of Donaldson Company, had plenty of news at Heli-Expo ’13.

On the hardware side, the company announced that its oil filter assemblies have been selected for the Rolls-Royce M250-C30 and -C47 650 to 700-shp engines, powering helicopters such as the Bell 407 and MD600N.

“We believe that our scavenger oil filter assemblies’ design optimizes performance, minimizes weight and provides a balance of operating life and efficiency for aircraft components,” said Mike Trevino, director of sales for Donaldson.

Donaldson also announced an STC from Transport Canada for an inlet barrier filter system (IBF) for the Bell 206L/LR helicopter. The IBF system features a panel that allows filter removal and plenum visualization without cowl removal, which is particularly useful in remote-area operations. The system also includes the Donaldson inlet air bypass, which integrates a cockpit post light and switch for indication and activation.

These announcements come on the heels of last year’s IBF developments for the AgustaWestland AW109E/S/SP, Bell 407GX and 206LR and Eurocopter AS350B3e. Both Japan and Brazil approved IBF use on AW109s, as well.

The company’s final announcement is its strategic alliance with Bahrain-based Global Aviation Services, which will serve to strengthen Donaldson’s support for customers operating in the Middle East.

“This alliance will shorten the supply chain for Donaldson’s customers, allowing them to benefit from both time and cost savings,” said John Smith, CEO and COO of Global Aviation Services.