Hartzell Engine Tech recently received FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) for its Sky-Tec HT (high tech) starters for Robinson piston-engine R22 and R44 helicopters. The starters work with the helicopters’ Lycoming engines and feature an integrated self-resetting kickback protection system (KPS) that safeguards the powerplant from engine kickback.
According to Hartzell, the PMA was obtained via the company’s organization designation authorization (ODA) program. Robinson operators can check the Hartzell Engine Tech website to determine whether their model is covered under the PMA and find distributors.
The new starters are in “full production and available today,” said Keith Bagley, Hartzell Engine Tech president. “They replace our older starters installed by Robinson Helicopter at the factory” and starters manufactured by competitors. Robinson has produced more than 10,000 R22 and R44-series helicopters since 1979. Hartzell Engine Tech offers engine accessories and heating products through its family of brands, including Janitrol Aero, Fuelcraft, Plane-Power, Sky-Tec, and AeroForce Turbocharger System.