Wipaire has received approval for the installation of single-point fuel in the Airbus Puma 330 series helicopter. Previously approved on fixed-wing aircraft such as the Cessna Caravan series and the Quest KODIAK, the Puma 330 is the first rotary wing application of the Wipaire single-point fuel system, and the first Part 29 certification Wipaire has received.
A large transport category helicopter, the Puma 330 is operated around the globe in both passenger and cargo applications.
Wipaire’s single-point fueling system increases the convenience of fueling the Puma, and opens up more use options, such as naval ship-borne operations, company officials said. The electronic monitoring system ensures that the aircraft is reliably topped off and provides information to crew members throughout the process, they add.
The system was developed, prototyped, and tested at Wipaire’s Leesburg, Florida, service center.