Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero Accomplish FAA Certification of Heli Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

Posted on January 30, 2018 Jerold Perkins Aviation

Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero have received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for their retrofittable crash resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters. Production deliveries to launch partners Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and WeatherTech Aviation LLC are already ongoing, with additional orders now being taken from operators worldwide. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of the CRFT is expected to follow shortly.

The CRFT has been developed by StandardAero and Robertson as a direct replacement for all AS350 models, including the AS350 C, AS350 D/D1, AS350 B/B1/B2/BA/B3, and AS350 B3e (H125), as well as the EC130 B4. The tank’s unique design features a crash-resistant fuel bladder, with the same capacity as the legacy fuel cell, and uses several innovations including magnetic field sensor fuel gauging technology and vent system roll-over protection. The CRFT is compliant with the latest FAR Part 27.952 fuel system crash resistance requirements, even when used in combination with a cargo swing.

Public and regulatory focus on enhanced helicopter safety has continued to grow since the CRFT was first unveiled in 2015, and the FAA Reauthorization Act now includes an amendment that requires the FAA to make helicopter owners aware of fuel system retrofits and to urge them to install them.

StandardAero is a global independent provider of services, including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions, and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components, and energy markets. The company celebrated its 100th year of industry leadership in 2011.

Robertson Fuel Systems, founded in the 1960s, is a pioneer in the development of crashworthy fuel systems in rotorcraft and ground systems. It is owned by HEICO Corporation.

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