A shiny red-and-white Eurocopter AS350B2, newly converted to Honeywell LTS-101-700D2 turbine power, dominates Soloy Aviation’s exhibit here at Heli-Expo2011 (Booth No. 1628). Inside is an operating example of a new electronic engine display soon to be added as an option to the already STC’d Soloy conversion kit for replacing the original Turbomeca Arriel B2 with the Honeywell engine.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Naasco Northeast for an improvement to S-76 helicopter starter-generators. According to Naasco, the Mercury Mod improvements have been shown to extend the time between overhauls and typical life of the starter-generators by providing a cooler operating temperature while also offering lower operating costs and enhanced performance.
General Electric’s Unison Industries subsidiary has sold its Aircraft Parts Corporation (APC) business unit to TransDigm Group for approximately $68 million in cash. APC, a 50-year-old company based in Holtsville, N.Y., manufactures turbine-engine starter generators, generator control units and related components for Cessna Citations, Bombardier Learjets and Bell and Agusta helicopters.
Naasco Northeast has announced its Mercury Mod configured starter generators have accumulated more than one million combined flight hours on Eurocopters, including the AS 350, AS 355, AS 365, EC 120, EC 130, EC 135 and EC 145.
Honeywell will announce a new APU at the NBAA Convention this month aimed at turboprops, light jets and small helicopters. The company said the RE-50 is the first oilless and gearless APU with an integrated generator on the same shaft, and at 50 pounds it is about one-third the weight of Honeywell’s RE-150.
StarterGenerator.com of The Woodlands, Texas, is at Booth No. 2921 to publicize its aftermarket support for Bombardier Learjet 60 engine and APU starter-generators. As distributor for Unison and its Aircraft Parts Corp. subsidiary, StarterGenerator.com now maintains an inventory of factory-new and factory-overhauled Unison Learjet 60 starter-generators. Units are warehoused in Houston and ready for immediate dispatch worldwide.