Airwork (NZ) continues to deliver BK117-B2 helicopter upgrades

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Since September 2016, Airwork (NZ) has delivered three more aircraft upgrades on the BK117‐B2 helicopter, to the BK117‐850D2. This upgrade provides the operator with Category A/Class 1 Performance.

The BK117‐850D2 offers the operator an economical way to meet Category A/Class 1 requirements while dramatically enhancing the performance, safety and capabilities of the helicopter for the benefit of the operator, crew and its clients. Airwork Photo
The BK117‐850D2 offers the operator an economical way to meet Category A/Class 1 requirements while dramatically enhancing the performance, safety and capabilities of the helicopter for the benefit of the operator, crew and its clients. Airwork Photo

This is timely as a number of aviation authorities push for compliance to such performance levels. Airwork holds the only supplemental type certificate (STC) for the BK117‐850D2. The BK117‐850D2 offers the operator an economical way to meet Category A/Class 1 requirements while dramatically enhancing the performance, safety and capabilities of the helicopter for the benefit of the operator, crew and its clients.

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All three operators who received the upgrade, who operate in the emergency medical services and utility market segments, are excited by the OEI and “hot and high” performance gains of the LTS101‐850B‐2 engines. One client commented, “We are excited at the fact our EMS/SAR [search-and-rescue] aircraft is now Cat A, Class 1 compliant giving our crew and patients that extra safety factor that they didn’t have before.”
The upgrade only takes three days to perform, achieving minimal downtime and can be done by the operator or maintenance, repair and overhaul.
Airwork (NZ) Ltd is part of the Airwork Group of companies, which is New Zealand’s largest diversified general aviation business operating in multiple countries providing maintenance work, dynamic component overhaul, turbine support, design and manufacture. Airwork (NZ) Ltd is an authorized service centre for Honeywell, Airbus Helicopters, Kawasaki and Breeze‐Eastern.

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