Honeywell Engines to Upgrade STARS BK117 Fleet

Canadian emergency medical transport company Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) has upgraded the Honeywell turboshaft engines on three helicopters in its fleet.

Working with Airwork, a Honeywell channel partner based in New Zealand, STARS will replace the LTS101-750B1 engines on the three aircraft with the LTS101-850B2. The new engines will provide STARS with more power and improved fuel economy and reliability.

With the 850B2 model engine, the helicopters will meet Cat A, Class 1 requirements and Canada helipad standards, according to Scott Young, STARS vice president of aviation.

“The 850 upgrade has provided the performance to meet the unique operational requirements in several of our jurisdictions,” Young said. “The installation was completed smoothly, with the entire transition completed within the timelines provided by Airwork. We are confident that the 850 upgrade will provide us with the BK117 performance we will require into the near future.”

Honeywell has delivered more than 2,100 LTS101 engines, which have logged more than 11 million service hours.