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New Engine For As350b2 Certificated

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Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Soloy, LLC announced today that they have obtained an Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC SR01647SE) for the installation of Honeywell’s LTS101-700D-2 turboshaft engine upgrade for the AS350B2 AStar helicopter.


Honeywell’s LTS101-700D-2 is the latest model of the LTS101 engine installed in the AStar. It is designed to provide more than a 14 percent take-off power improvement at sea level and 18 percent at hot day conditions by the introduction of a new gas producer (GP) turbine assembly when compared to the LTS101-600A-3A. The cooled GP turbine not only increases available power, it increases GP disk life from 6,300 to 15,000 cycles, resulting in reduced operating costs. The LTS101-700D-2 also incorporates an updated and proven reduction gear-set from other LTS101 models. These changes reduce accumulated power turbine cycles by 35 percent and increase torque limits by 6 percent.


“We developed this program to satisfy operator demand for the LTS101 engine,” Said Doug Kult, Sales Director, Honeywell Light Utility Helicopter programs. “Collectively, Honeywell and Soloy have made great progress.”


Soloy has completed the new engine installation at its Olympia, Washington facility. Soloy has over 30 years of experience in aircraft modifications and has completed numerous re-engine programs. They have also produced more than 49 STCs with certifications in 29 different countries.


“Soloy has received interest in this product from operators worldwide, accepting 17 orders for the new conversion to date,” said David Stauffer, CEO of Soloy, “We’re excited about bringing this cost effective engine alternative for the AS350B2 to the marketplace and anticipate producing more than 30 conversion kits this year.”


Soloy and Honeywell are also offering the Helicopter Service Plan (HSP) price-per-flight-hour program that is an option for customers to set their engine cost of operation.


The LTS101 engine family has accrued more than eight 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 $28 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.

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Rumor is Honeywell was unable to meet the engine delivery time for the new engine. Bell will be equiping the first ARH 407's with C47's. Heard they are having trouble meeting the rated power settings they promised.

Anyways, the LTS installation on the B2 is a STC, Eurocopter would never put one of those pieces a crap in again as an factory option. The only reason that boat anchor was put in an AStar in the first place was to sell the aircraft in the US market causes then needed to meet the US's content rules.

Whatever name you call a LTS or any its derivative it should include the words "pieces" and "crap".

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Maybe one day someone at Bell or Eurocopter will STC a Pratt instalation for the 407 and Astar...Now that would be something. I guess only Agusta were smart enough to figure that out. Funny how the CEO of Bell used to be the CEO of Honeywell. Decisions are not based on merit..they are based on colusion. It is shame!

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