Airlines Off to a Good Start with Reliable Honeywell Starter

August 18, 2015

Some things you just expect to work. Your car, for example. If the vehicle doesn’t start, you spend the rest of your day scrambling to get the car repaired and finding a Plan B for transportation.

When an aircraft’s starter fails, it triggers a domino effect of its own: flight delays and cancellations, and increased repair costs. And for an airline’s customers, a faulty starter means delays and cancellations that add up to significant inconvenience.

That’s why for more than a half-century commercial and military customers have turned to Honeywell for reliable aircraft engine starters, including the industry-leading Air Turbine Starter.

Honeywell’s air turbine starter systems consists of two components: the starter itself and the starter air valve. The air turbine starter is powered by complex turbo machinery to provide starting power to a gas turbine engine. The starter air valve controls air flow from the engine bleed system to the air turbine starter, and has built-in protection features that reduce start-induced stresses to the engine. Together, the components convert pneumatic, or air, energy to mechanical torque which accelerates the engine to its required ignition speed.

“There is a demand in the market for components that deliver efficient, high-temperature capabilities aerospace customers can count on,” says Honeywell’s Mabel Ramirez. “Honeywell’s air turbine starter meets both of these criteria and it delivers high horsepower-to-weight ratios, providing the lowest-weight starting technology available today.”

The company's air turbine technologies provide highly efficient engine-starting performance. The air turbine starter is one of more than 165 starters available.  From full-range overrunning clutch designs that accommodate reengagement up to cut-out speeds to proprietary long-life non-contacting, high-speed seals, Honeywell air turbine starters are proven to reduce the cost of ownership.