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StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems have announced the certification of their AS350/EC130 crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) by another international airworthiness authority, Transport Canada. This most recent approval represents the third regulatory agency to certify the solution, in addition to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Bolstered by Robertson’s extensive history in developing military standard fuel containment solutions, the StandardAero/Robertson CRFT provides the highest quality, safety-driven solution available to AS350/EC130 operators, featuring a durable composite material container that is strategically reinforced in the most susceptible areas to distribute impact loads in an accident.
The CRFT is fully compliant with stringent part 27.952 fuel system crash resistance requirements both with and without cargo swing/hook equipment installed. This achievement demonstrates the intentional design process which evaluated a number of real-life external threats to ultimately produce an exceptionally robust fuel tank to reduce the threat of post-crash fires in a wide variety of emergency landing scenarios.
“With nearly 600 AS350s flying in Canada, roughly 75 percent of which are legacy variants for which no other CRFS [crash-resistant fuel system] solution exists, there is a clear safety gap which we are intent on addressing, so we are extremely pleased to now have a certified solution in Canada to begin retrofitting these aircraft,” said Elvis Moniz, StandardAero’s vice president of business development for airframe and avionics solutions. “Canadian operators have established these legacy aircraft as proven workhorses for the susceptible, low-level utility and tour flying that the majority of these machines perform, which is very unique to the region and presents a distinct challenge in terms of crew and passenger safety.