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Honeywell Selects Soloy To Develop STC For LTS101-700D-2 Engine Installation In AS350B2 Helicopters


Papillon Helicopters to be Launch Customer

For New AStar Engine Installation



PHOENIX, February 6, 2005 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has signed a teaming agreement with Soloy, LLC to develop a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of Honeywell’s latest LTS101 turboshaft engine upgrade for the AS350B2 AStar helicopter.



Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters will be the launch customer for the new conversion.



“Honeywell’s LTS101-700D-2 turboshaft engine is designed to provide more than a 14 percent take-off power improvement at sea level and 18 percent more power in hot day conditions,” said Bob Miller, Director, Honeywell Light Utility Helicopter programs. “The improved power is generated by a new cooled gas producer (GP) turbine assembly that also increases GP disk life from 6,300 cycles to 15,000 cycles, helping reduce our customer’s operating costs. The LTS101-700D-2 also incorporates an updated and proven reduction gear-set that reduces accumulated power turbine cycles by 35 percent and increases torque limits by 6 percent.”



The engine footprint is identical to existing versions of LTS101 engines so current LTS101 operators can take advantage of the growth capability with no significant change to the installation or mechanical interfaces.



Soloy has already begun the new engine installation on a B2 Astar at its Olympia, Washington, facility.



Soloy has more than 30 years of experience in aircraft modifications and has completed numerous re-engine programs producing over 49 STC’s with certifications in 29 different countries.



“The Soloy STC, coupled with existing service bulletins, will allow operators of any model AStar helicopter to upgrade to the B2 configuration and then convert to the Honeywell LTS 101-700D-2 engine,” said David Stauffer, President of Soloy, “Our STC FAA certification is planned for early 2005.”



Soloy has begun taking orders for the AS350B2 upgrade, which they’re labeling the “Super D2”. Papillon Helicopters, who currently operate four “Super D” AStar helicopters with the LTS101-600A-3A engine, will be the launch customer for the new conversion.



“Our current LTS101 engines are burning almost 25 percent less block fuel per hour on our tour missions compared with competitive engine installations and are delivering significantly lower maintenance costs” said Dean Brandt, Papillon Helicopters Director of Maintenance. “We expect that same level of performance from these new LTS101-700D-2 engines.”



The LTS101 engine family has accrued more than 8 million hours of in flight operation. Honeywell has continuously improved this product through the infusion of recent technologies and upgrades. As a result, this engine family has demonstrated a four-fold improvement in reliability since 1996 and unscheduled removals and warranty claims have been driven to the lowest values in the history of the engine.


Honeywell International is a $23 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com

Based in Phoenix, Honeywell’s aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.


This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts as further described in our filings under the Securities Exchange Act.



Media Contact:

Bill Reavis

(602) 365-2055

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First the Bell 407 and now the Eurocopter AS 350 B-2! :shock:

Honeywell must have a great insurance policy. They must be giving their engines away because this craziness is beyond belief. I can't believe peoples memories are that short? Make it stop.................................. :blink:

One incident and this engine's previous history will rekindle the s..t storm it caused in the past.

No thanks! The engines belong in tanks not aircraft.

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For all of those who will be trading in their 1D1's please PM with your name and address and take them off of your hands. Since the demand for the LTS will be so high I am sure those unreliable/part hungry/overpriced 1D1's will be available for a dime a dozen just like those pesky 47's. :rolleyes:

I almost forgot just how supportive Honeywell has been with their products in the past, good thing they have so much recent experience in supplying large numbers of helicopter engines to the light/intermediate market.

Bell 222, BO 105, AS 350 D/BA + ............ :D

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Any alternative to the soreing costs of ops and O/H of the Arriel would be a great thing. I'm a huge fan of the Turbomecas but it getting harder and harder to deal with those people for a cost point of view. Not to mention the continuing problems we have been having with FCU this past 12 months. Montreal is supposed to have the most sofisticated FCU O/H in the world. I beg to differ.


Sorry Turbo, but lets try to get things together guys. ;)

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