Airbus Helicopters H130. File photo
Aerometals has received FAA supplemental type certification to install its inlet barrier filter (IBF) system on Airbus Helicopters H130s, the manufacturer said Sunday.
Aerometals' IBF features computational fluid dynamics modeling software for improved operating efficiency. The company offers IBF systems for various single- and twin-engine aircraft, including the Sikorsky S-92, Bell 206 and MD 500, among others.
Along with Donaldson Aerospace Systems, Aerometals is one of the largest IBF manufacturers for helicopters. IBFs are designed to keep dirt, dust, sand, foreign objects and other contaminants from entering a helicopter engine and can provide greater protection than traditional particle separator/inertial separator systems or foreign object debris (FOD) screens — suitable for rotorcraft flying in sandy and other risky environments.
The filters were at the center of much debate between regulators and the industry in 2016 when the FAA proposed more stringent certification standards in an effort to prove their installation does not affect power performance.