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Airwork has announced it has signed a contract with Soloy, LLC trading as Soloy Aviation Solutions to acquire several of its helicopter engine modification supplemental type certificates (STCs).
These STCs allow Airwork as the exclusive owner to convert the turbine engine in AS350-BA and B2 aircraft from a Safran Arriel engine to the Honeywell LTS101 or Rolls Royce 250-C30 engine.
Airwork will leverage its long-standing engine overhaul capabilities and its manufacturing expertise to continue to produce Soloy conversion kits for operators who are seeking the benefits of a Honeywell LTS101 engine upgrade for their AS350 fleet. Airwork is also an authorized Airbus service center and able to assist operators with the installation of their engine conversion kits.
Shane McMahon, Airwork general manager, welcomed the announcement, stating that the acquisition represents an acknowledgement of the industry-leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities that Airwork offers.
“The Soloy STC is known around the world, and we are thrilled they have given Airwork exclusive ownership of the Soloy AS350 Super D, Super D1 and Super D2 STCs. These are a valued addition to the range of design modifications already held by Airwork under [the] FAA, Transport Canada and EASA,” McMahon said.
Elling Halvorson, a director of Soloy, said he is “pleased to be able to pass stewardship of these Soloy STCs to a company with the breadth of capability to be able to support our existing customers and continue to service the huge demand for this modification.”
Existing operators of the Soloy AS350 engine STC will continue to be supported by the Airwork customer care team, with spare parts provisioning and technical advice for their Honeywell LTS101 and Rolls Royce 250-C30 engine modification.
“The Soloy STCs acquired by Airwork ensures that our industry continues to receive service for the relevant Soloy installation, as well as the assurance of continued support for the LTS101 engine product line from our Honeywell Approved Service Centre.”
This is a significant strategic acquisition for Airwork and represents a great opportunity for operators to receive bolstered support for their Airbus AS350 helicopters.