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Vector Aerospace and Robertson Fuel Systems finalizing design of AS350/EC130 retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Vector Aerospace and Robertson Fuel Systems finalizing design of AS350/EC130 retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank

Dallas, TX – Vector Aerospace a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has over the past year continued to pursue certification of the crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) being developed with Robertson Fuel Systems LLC as a retrofit for the Airbus AS350/EC130 family of helicopters.

Vector and Robertson have undertaken substantial testing of this safety enhancing technology, including both prototype hardware drop testing and computer aided design and simulation.  The two companies are designing the retrofittable CRFT to satisfy U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards for newly certified aircraft.

The development of this crash-resistant fuel tank technology as a retrofittable upgrade for legacy helicopter types has been substantiated by a recommendation made by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) last April that the FAA and EASA prioritize approval of such retrofit solutions for the AS350.

Similarly, a report issued to the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) by the Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group late last year confirmed that compliance with the resistant fuel system standards of 14 Code of Federal Regulations 27/29.952 is “extremely effective at preventing post-crash fires and thermal injuries.”

“We are confident that our diligent testing and modification work on the CRFT over the past year has paid off,” said Elvis Moniz, Vice President, Business Development at Vector.  “The result will be an outstanding crash-resistant fuel tank for the AS350/EC130 series, which will satisfy the more stringent requirements for newly certified aircraft in order to maximize safety and anticipate future mandates. Vector is excited to be working with Robertson to bring this crash-resistant fuel tank to the market later this year.”

About Vector Aerospace 

Vector Aerospace is a global provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Through facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, South Africa, Kenya and Singapore, Vector Aerospace provides services to commercial and military customers for gas turbine engines, components and helicopter airframes. Vector’s customer-focused team includes over 2,200 motivated employees. 

Vector Aerospace holds approvals from some of the world's leading turbine engine, airframe and avionics OEMs. Powerplants supported include a wide range of turboshafts, turboprops and turbofans from General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce and Safran. Vector Aerospace also provides support for a wide range of airframes from Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Boeing, Leonardo Helicopters and Sikorsky, its capabilities including major inspections and dynamic component overhaul, and offers full-service avionics capability, including aircraft rewiring, mission equipment installation and glass cockpit upgrades. 

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Information Contacts:

Chelsie Aichelberger
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services - North America
Tel: +1 604.276.7685

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