A Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department AS350 trains for wildland firefighting in a desert park east of the city. Photo by Mark Bennett
StandardAero has received EASA certification for its retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank system for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 an EC130.
The company, which developed the fuel tank with Robertson Fuel Systems, received FAA certification in December 2017 and has since delivered 40 tanks to customers, including Air Methods and WeatherTech Aviation LLC.
The tank is a direct replacement for legacy AS350 models, including the AS350D, AS350B/B1/B2/BA/B3 and AS350B3e (H125), as well as for the EC130B4. StandardAero provides installation and technical support.
The system features a fuel bladder with great capacity than the legacy fuel cell and introduces magnetic field sensor fuel gauging technology, a recessed sump drain valve, quick-change cartridge fuel pump design and vent system roll-over protection.
A bill passed by the U.S. House in April to renew the FAA's funding at $4.35 billion annually through 2023 lists a requirement for all newly manufactured helicopters to feature crash-resistant fuel-system configurations. It is currently awaiting the U.S. Senate's passage.