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Netherlands Coastguard Depends on TPE331 Engines for North Sea Missions

Netherlands Coastguard Depends on TPE331 Engines for North Sea Missions


Honeywell TPE331 engines operate on longer maintenance period times

The engines provide exceptional horsepower, quick throttle response, shorter take-offs, fuel economy and good power to weight ratio

They also decrease time-to-climb, have quieter flyover and cruise faster


Name: Netherlands Coastguard 
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Industry: Coastguard
Honeywell Solution: TPE331 engine & Maintenance from Honeywell partner JetSupport

Monitoring and responding to distress signals, pollution control, conducting search and rescue missions and maintaining coastal law and order are just some of the many tasks carried out by Netherlands Coastguard. Its law enforcement tasks include monitoring import, export and the transit of goods, upholding laws regarding the environment and sea fishing. With no assets of its own, the coastguard boats, helicopters and aircraft are provided by other organizations and include two Dornier 228 aircraft.

Challenge: Major Kjeld Gunderson is an air force pilot who flies the coastguard’s two Dornier 228 aircraft. “For the Netherlands Coastguard and for me as a pilot, it’s very important that we have a reliable engine,” he explained.

Solution: The TPE331, developed for many markets, including the military, is one of the most reliable and proven engines in the world, with more than 13,000 units sold and over 122 million hours of flight time recorded. The series now includes 18 engine models and 106 configurations. The engine is particularly suitable for the Netherlands Coastguard because of its exceptional horsepower, quick throttle response, shorter take-offs, fuel economy and good power to weight ratio. It also decreases time-to-climb, has a quieter flyover, cruises faster and makes each aircraft more productive with longer maintenance intervals.


“The Honeywell TPE331 is suitable because it’s a basic, simple engine and in the harsh environments of the North Sea, reliability is what we need. We don't need a lot of electronics, and the TPE331 does the job very well.”


The aircraft must be well maintained to ensure their high availability, and that is in the hands of Honeywell partner JetSupport. Based at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, JetSupport is an EASA Part-145 certified maintenance, report and overhaul (MRO) company.  A Honeywell service partner for more than five years, JetSupport has been working with Netherlands Coastguard for 12 years.

Benefits: “JetSupport has a direct line to Honeywell so parts delivery and communications are good. They’re very quick and that's what we need. It’s most beneficial,” added Gunderson.

“Operating in the harsh environment over the North Sea is one of the main reasons we use these aircraft because they are so simple. They are always working and thanks to JetSupport and Honeywell, we can keep them airborne at all times.”

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