Donaldson to develop Inlet filters for AW169
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense signed an agreement with Leonardo to develop two new Inlet Barrier Filters for the AW169 helicopter.
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, based in St. Louis, signed an agreement with Leonardo to develop two new Inlet Barrier Filters (IBF) for the AW169 helicopter.
The company will aim to have the dry and oiled media IBFs approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an addition to the Type Certificate. Donaldson IBFs are already EASA-certified for installation on AW139 and, soon, on AW189 helicopters.
Once certified, the new 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 are being designed to 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,” said Fabio Nannoni, SVP engineering of Leonardo Helicopters. “Donaldson is the right choice to provide a superior filtration solution for our new generation family of helicopters.”
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