New avionics + Donaldson Inlet Barrier Filter

24 November 2015

Another MD500 in our fleet has been upgraded with completely new avionics, this helicopter got equipped with a Garmin GTX330, GMA350 & GTR225. This one has also been modified with Donaldson’s Inlet Barrier Filter(IBF) which allows us to operate in falling and blowing snow.

We will evaluate the Donaldson Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) and the plan is to continue to upgrade our MD500 fleet with new avionics and Donaldson’s IBF. In addition to the advantage to be able to operate in falling snow, Donaldson’s IBF gives us an improved power margin, lower basic empty mass and a reduced turbine operating temperature (TOT).