PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., February 21, 2010 - Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Carson Helicopters, Inc. Pall will supply its Centrisep® engine advanced protection systems (EAPSs) to support a joint modernization program for the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter.
With approximately 620 aircraft in service today, the S-61 model is one of the most widely used commercial and military helicopters. The modernization program provides enhancements to this well-known aircraft that will enable it to perform effectively in severe operating environments and allow for many more years of service. Pall’s EAPS technology is a key contributor to these improvements, providing superior engine protection under conditions that include sand, dust, rain, snow and ice.
Centrisep EAPSs protect helicopter engines from airborne contamination by utilizing centrifugal force to continuously remove particles before they can enter the engine air intake. The EAPS technology extends the life of a helicopter engine against erosion, while enhancing engine safety, reliability, availability and performance.
Under the terms of the agreement, Carson Helicopter will hold the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) on the Pall EAPS. Carson is a US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA)-approved helicopter repair station for the overhaul, repair and remanufacture of all major model helicopters. The Company holds over 20 STCs for improvements and modifications to the Sikorsky S-61 and was the first to develop performance enhancements such as composite main rotor blades and a shortened version of the aircraft for commercial and government use.
"As the recognized leader in aerospace filtration, separation, and purification systems and technologies, we are honored that our technology has been selected for this modernization program. Together with Carson we will deliver unique performance capabilities to an iconic aircraft," stated Jim Western, president, Pall Aerospace.
Pall Aerospace provides filtration and separation solutions for a broad range of commercial and military fluid applications, including air, fuel, lube, hydraulic and transmission. Its filter products are used on major aircraft platforms and ground service and military equipment worldwide.
Centrisep engine advanced protection systems (EAPSs) have been protecting helicopter engines since the 1960s. With over fifty different certified designs available, the EAPS positions Pall as the leader in helicopter engine protection. To learn more, please go to www.pall.com/Centrisep.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its Sikorsky Aerospace Services business designs and applies advanced logistics and supply chain solutions for commercial rotary, military rotary and fixed wing customers.
Carson Helicopters (www.carsonhelicopters.com) provides a unique array of services, ranging from airlifting external and internal cargo, carrying personnel, suppressing wildfires, carrying out emergency search and rescues, performing high-rise rooftop installations, pouring concrete, and erecting steel structures and power lines in areas where ground-based cranes cannot access.
About Pall Corporation
Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) is a filtration, separation and purification leader providing Total Fluid ManagementSM solutions to meet the critical needs of customers in biopharmaceutical, hospital and transfusion medicine, energy and alternative energy, electronics, municipal and industrial water, aerospace, transportation and broad industrial markets. Together with our customers, we foster health, safety and environmentally responsible technologies. The Company’s engineered solutions enable process and product innovation and minimize emissions and waste. Pall Corporation, with total revenues of $2.3 billion for fiscal 2009, is an S&P 500 company with more than 10,000 employees servicing customers worldwide. Pall has been named a top "green company" by Newsweek magazine. To see how Pall is helping enable a greener and more sustainable future, visit www.pall.com.