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DONALDSON ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN STC FOR INLET BARRIER FILTER FOR AGUSTAWESTLAND A119/AW119 Ke HELICOPTERS

St. Louis, MO, Sept. 26, 2011 -  Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for the AgustaWestland A119/AW119 Ke helicopters. 

A welcome equipment addition to these versatile aircraft, the IBF helps prevent engine damage in all environments including maritime and land-based operations alike. European A119/AW119 Ke operators now have the opportunity to realize the proven operating cost reductions and increased operational capabilities an IBF offers. 

Donaldson Inlet Barrier Filter systems are already in use by operators worldwide in corporate, rescue, firefighting and utility missions.  IBFs prevent particulates and contaminants from damaging the turbine, including very small diameter sand/ramp grit and salt spray.  Strong engine performance is maintained with IBF installation. 

The A119/AW119 Ke IBF system features flat filter assemblies with an integral bypass design creating a sealed intake plenum.  The emergency bypass capability is an important IBF feature and is not included in traditional sand filters and particle separators.  A simple compact cockpit switch allows for indication/activation of the bypass system, and an integral Filter Maintenance Aid also allows for on-condition inspections, pre- and post-flight, to assist in mission planning and visual inspection of filter condition.  

No restrictions are imposed for flight in falling or blowing snow or with visible moisture in non-icing conditions. 

Installation is straightforward, with a drop-in design requiring little aircraft modification. Providing the most comprehensive line of IBF solutions, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense is the industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance engine IBF systems for commercial and military propulsion systems.  Visit Donaldson representatives at Helitech Exhibit #1916 this week at Duxford.

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About Donaldson Aerospace & Defense

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems for the aerospace and defense industry. Our filtration solutions protect fixed wing aircraft, rotorcraft, military ground vehicles, electronic equipment, space vehicles, missiles, military shipboard systems, and amphibious vehicles. We are committed to advancing filtration technology, providing quality products and prompt customer service. Our group serves customers from sales, engineering, and manufacturing locations around the world.

About Donaldson Company

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people’s lives, enhance our Customers’ equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers’ needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our over 13,000 employees contribute to the Company’s success by supporting our Customers at our more than 100 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world.

Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at

www.DonaldsonAerospace-Defense.com. www.donaldson.com.

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