Honeywell (Booth No. 1907) and Soloy (Booth No. 2207) have obtained an STC to install Honeywell’s latest version of the LTS101 turboshaft engine on the Eurocopter AS 350B2 AStar, and have delivered the first two converted helicopters.
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Lycoming Engines (Booth No. 1009) is at Heli-Expo 2006 highlighting certification and delivery of aircraft piston engines with roller tappet valve train technology, changes to the company’s exchange engine core policy and formation of a new Advanced Technology Center.
New Engine for AStars
Two instances of bearing failure in GE CT7-8A turboshaft engines prompted the FAA to issue an emergency AD (2006-06-51) on March 17. The directive requires Sikorsky S-92 operators to inspect the chip detector for debris at intervals of 25 hours. The FAA says aluminum oxide contamination caused the first failure and damage from improper use of a tool caused the bearing to fail in the second case.
A lawyer who filed a lawsuit on behalf of family members killed in a June 15, 2003, helicopter crash began taking depositions from defendant Rolls-Royce in March. Attorney Richard Genter of Jenkintown, Pa., filed the lawsuit on May 12 last year in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii. Genter is representing the families of the three passengers killed during a sightseeing flight in an MD 500D over Volcanoes National Park near Hilo, Hawaii.
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to advise owners, operators and repair stations of aircraft equipped with the Rolls-Royce (formerly Allison) 250-C30, -C40 and -C47 series engines that a recent suspected unapproved parts investigation revealed that some combustion liners might have been modified with an unapproved metal alloy.