Hartzell Engine Technologies Reintroduces the Sky-Tec 149/122NL 12-Volt Starter for Lycoming Engines

Sept. 3, 2019
Designed specifically for 12-volt systems, the 149/122NL delivers exceptional reliability in addition to offering popular Sky-Tec features like the Kickback Protection System.

Representatives of Hartzell Engine Technologies have announced that the company has reintroduced its lightweight, Sky-Tec starter specifically for 12-volt electrical systems.   

“As the number-one lightweight replacement for legacy Bendix-drive style units, our 149/122NL starter has been extremely popular with Lycoming operators for a long time. It was originally approved to work with either 12- or 24-volt systems,” explained Keith Bagley, president, Hartzell Engine Technologies. “But, that flexibility came at a cost – we have learned that when operated in a 24-volt system, the convertible unit does not provide the durability our customers deserve.” 

“That my not be an issue for low-cycle 24-volt system users like homebuilders, but it has proven to be a major issue when they are installed in certified aircraft with 24-volt systems,” he said. “Flight schools in particular have reported on-going reliability concerns with convertible starters used in 24-volt systems.”  

“We are confident that by realigning the 149/122NL starter specifically for 12-volt systems, it will eliminate those reliability concerns,” Bagley said. “Customers will just have to make sure they are using the correct 149-series starter for their application. Failing to do so will void the warranty.”