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AS350/EC130 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How long does installation of the new Vector/Robertson Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT) take?                                        
A: Approximately 16 hrs for initial retrofit, 6 hrs post-installation work (e.g. repaint) 


Q: What is the refill rate on the new CRFT?                                                                                                                                           
A: 35 GPM (same as the original tank) 


Q: What is the weight of new CRFT compared to the old tank?                                                                                                        
A: Est. +40 lbs (+18 kg) weight differential, reflecting the extensive safety modifications introduced.


Q: What is the fuel capacity of new CRFT?                                                                                                                                            
A: 143 U.S. Gal (same as the original tank)


Q: Which Service Bulletin (SB) is required for older aircraft fuel indicating systems to be compatible with the new  CRFT? 
A: ASB 350-28.00.12


Q: Is there any electrical work required to interface the new CRFT?                                                                                                
A: Yes, connectors for fuel pump and sender units


Q: What type of fuel pump(s) are used in the new CRFT?                                                                                                
A: Cartridge type (one or two pumps), depending on aircraft model and serial number


Q: What is the inspection interval on the fuel pumps?                                                                                                                                     
A: 5,000 hrs brush replacement (vs original 2,400 hrs inspection interval on AS350 B2’s and prior)


Q: What is approximate cost of the fuel pumps should they fail?                                                                                                         
A: To be determined


Q: Are the fuel pumps brushless? What is their Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)?                                                                    
A: No. MTBF is 35,000 hrs


Q: Can the fuel pumps be replaced without defueling?                                                                                                                            

A: Yes


Q: How is the new CRFT calibrated?                                                                                                                                         

A: Verified at installation (no field service calibration) 


Q: Will the new CRFT be compatible with aircraft equipped with the Purolator fuel filter mod?                                                     
A: Yes


Q: Which Cargo swings are compatible with the new CRFT?                                                 
A: Airbus Helicopters and Onboard Systems


Q: Which Cargo hooks are compatible with the new CRFT?                                                                                       
A: Airbus Helicopters and Onboard Systems


Q: Will the new CRFT be compatible with "squirrel cheeks"?                                                                                                              
A: Yes, (Dart Spacepod only; compatibility with Airbus Helicopters Canada "squirrel cheeks" (/cargo pods) TBD) 


Q: Will the new CRFT's bladder be approved to FAA Technical Standard Order TSO-C8-0 ("Flexible and oil cell material")?             
A: Yes


Q: When will the new CRFT be available as a FAA STC? Production kits?                                                                                                         
A: STC availability Q3 2017, production kits late 2017


Q: Will the new CRFT also be available as an EASA STC?                                                                                                                                      
A: Yes, 8 -12 weeks after the FAA STC is in place


Q: Will the new CRFT be compatible with Honeywell LTS101-powered aircraft?                                                                   
A: Yes, (OEM engine installations only, i.e. AS350 C and AS350 D only; compatibility with aftermarket LTS101 modifications (e.g. Heli-Lynx and Soloy) TBD).


Q: When will replacement parts for the new CRFT be available?                                                                                                                          
A: Readily available from late-2017 onwards


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Q: Is there any electrical work required to interface the new CRFT?                                                                                                
A: Yes, connectors for fuel pump and sender units