AS350 CRFT Completed its First Test


Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace is an industry leader provider in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul. They have nearly 2,200 people in 22 locations across the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, South Australia, Kenya and Singapore. Their customer line includes regional airlines, corporate flight department, government agencies and defense departments. On the other hand, its partner Robertson Fuel Systems has been preventing post-incident fires in aircraft and ground vehicles since 1976. They have helped grow the local economy by supplying hundreds of jobs in aerospace, engineering and manufacturing. Therefore, these two companies together have completed the first test flights for crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) designed for the Airbus AS350 light single helicopter family.

The test’s purpose was to help to reconstruct CRFT to obtain the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications and to follow an FAA-certified 50ft drop test that proved the tank’s qualifications to combat impact without any outflow, helping to prevent post-crash fires.

Vector Aerospace CRFT programme manager Jeff Booker said: “This milestone is a testament to the team here at Vector, which has been working hard to bring this product to market for our customers. As soon as the drop testing was complete we began the process of installation to move us into this new test phase.”

Two flight test aircrafts, AS350 B2 and AS350 B3 have already been equipped with the new CRFT and they are experiencing ground- testing activities.

Moreover, Onboard Systems is Vector’s new partner in incorporating cargo swing solutions as a adaptable option that can be used with the new crash-resistant fuel tank.


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