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StandardAero announced on June 25 the attainment of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) system for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters. The newly approved CRFT was developed in partnership with Robertson Fuel Systems, the leader in the design and manufacture of fuel containment systems.
StandardAero achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in early December 2017 and has since begun delivery of CRFT kits to its customers, including launch customers Air Methods and WeatherTech Aviation LLC.
StandardAero and Robertson jointly recognized Air Methods in a celebratory event during HAI Heli-Expo 2018, at the time commemorating the successful installation of 11 crash-resistant fuel tank retrofits, representing the first step in updating their entire fleet of affected aircraft.
Since FAA certification, StandardAero has delivered 40 CRFT kits to its customers and has been actively engaged with several fleet operators interested in enhancing their fleet with this new technology.
“We are extremely pleased to have received EASA certification following FAA certification in December,” said Rick Stine, president of StandardAero components, helicopters and accessories. “It evidences that our industry as a whole is keenly focused on making safety enhancements a reality, and StandardAero is proud to not only be at the forefront of this critical initiative, but to now be able to deliver this life-saving equipment to European operators as well.”