Tue, Feb 23, 2010
New Upgrade Delivers 12 Percent Increase In Single Engine Hover
Weight For Eurocopter BK117 Helos
Flight testing of the LTS101 engine upgrade from Airwork New
Zealand for the Eurocopter BK117 has recently been completed,
Honeywell announced Sunday at Heli-Expo 2010.
All flight testing has been completed and paperwork has been
submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New Zealand. A
Supplemental Type Certificate is anticipated shortly. This will be
followed shortly afterwards by European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) and FAA certifications.
The LTS101 upgrade, which updates the engines to the
LTS101-850B-2, delivers 15 percent more take off power and 18
percent more power for hot day operations.
"The LTS101-850B-2 engine is a drop-in replacement with no
external changes," said Paul Vidano, vice president, Militaries and
Operators, Honeywell Aerospace. "Operators can upgrade their
engines during normal scheduled inspection intervals or through
direct purchase and core credit."
"Flight testing revealed the Honeywell-powered BK117 exceeds the
BK117 C-1 performance," said Kevin Johnson, group CEO of Airwork.
"The LTS101 upgrade will provide significant benefits for BK117
One Engine Inoperative (OEI) power increases by 14 percent,
providing a 12 percent increase in maximum OEI hover weight, which
increases safety during single engine operations. Hot day takeoff
power increases by 18 percent, resulting in a 13 percent increase
in maximum takeoff gross weight. A 20 percent hot day continuous
power increase results in a 25 percent reduction in the time to
climb from sea level to 10,000 feet, a three-minute savings.
The LTS101 engine family has accumulated more than 10 million
flight hours of operation.
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