The best way to save money on regularly-scheduled, in-shop helicopter engine checks is to properly maintain an engine in the field, so there is less damage and wear to be remedied in the shop.
As the world’s largest service center for Honeywell (formerly Lycoming) LTS101 engines and the only service center for the newly-released Honeywell HTS900 engine, Intermountain Turbine Services (ITS) of Lindon, Utah, wants to keep costs as low as possible for its customers.
“As a company who builds and values long-term relationships with helicopter owners and operators, we want to help them control their costs,” said Darryl K. Christensen, ITS president and CEO.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada have approved both engine training courses, which play a key role in ensuring the longevity of these engine types.
The LTS101 is used in helicopters such as the Airbus BK117 and AS350; the AVIC AC311; and the Bell 222. The model’s popularity is reflected in the fact that more than 2,100 have been delivered to customers around the world since 1975, logging over 11 million service hours.
Meanwhile, Eagle Copters is retrofitting the new HTS900 engine into its Bell 407HP helicopter, and the HTS900 is also the engine of choice for Marenco Helicopters’ new SKYe SH09.
“We have a dedicated classroom in our maintenance facility, which is equipped with the latest teaching equipment and educational aids,” said Christensen.
“This is where our skilled and knowledgeable instructors, who are also helicopter technicians in their own right, intensively educate our students to the LTS101 and HTS900.”
Even for students who already have experience working on the LTS101, these classes can be quite eye-opening. That’s because ITS staff stays on top of the latest information from Honeywell and incorporates experience they gather in the field about managing the engine properly.
Meanwhile, the company’s HTS900 classes provide even the most knowledgeable students with sophisticated insights into this 21st century powerplant.
“As the only authorized maintenance facility for the HST900, we know it probably better than anyone else, except perhaps for Honeywell,” said Christensen.
“We also know how to expertly decipher the manuals associated with both engines, ensuring that our students use them properly when doing maintenance on their own.”
This said, it is with hands-on engine maintenance training that ITS truly shines.
“Obviously, we are not going to let students do work on clients’ engines, for which they are not yet qualified,” said Christensen.
“But it is incredibly useful for students to get hands-on instructor demonstrations on viable LTS101s and HTS900s. And when they are ready to take that step, our students can try their hands on these functional engines–the kind that they will encounter in their own fleets today, and in the future.”
ITS’ training is part of the company’s enlightened approach to helicopter engine maintenance.
The bottom line: For top-quality maintenance training on these venerable engines, plus solid field and in-shop servicing, repair, and overhauls, Intermountain Turbine Services is an essential provider with the ability to serve operators around the world.
“We want to keep you flying, and doing so at the lowest cost and minimal downtime,” said Christensen. “That’s what we’re all about.”