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FAA-PMA Certified

Aircraft Solenoids!



The Lightest Weight 

Lycoming Starter



Kickback Protection


on all Original High Torque HT Model Lycoming Starters



Sky-Tec's ALL NEW

line of

FAA-PMA Certified

Aircraft Solenoids 


Introducing Sky-Tec's newest product line: FAA-PMA Certified aircraft solenoids.


Finally there is a true, high-quality, high-performance FAA CERTIFIED OE-type solenoid available for most popular piston aircraft.   

Never again will you have to use overpriced "new old stock", questionable sources and non-certified tractor supply store products on your certified aircraft!


And because we're Sky-Tec, you can be assured the price is reasonable and factory support, should you ever need it, is second to none.


Features include:

Silver Tungsten-Carbide contacts for improved in-rush capability.

Engineered springs to minimizing arcing for improved longevity

Original terminal locations and sizes so changing out any solenoid is a snap

Sealed all-steel housing and mounting that matches the OE mounting configurations 




XLT Series

Ultra Lightweight Starters 


Introducing another world changing event from Sky-Tec:

The newest member of the Sky-Tec Flyweight starter family - the XLT series ultra lightweight Lycoming starter.


The XLT is now FAA PMA Certified for nearly all 4-cylinder Lycoming engines. It's light.  It's fast.  And it's TOUGH!


Like the Flyweight starters that precede it, the XLT series builds on 25 years and more than 50,000 LS and PM starters in service world-wide.  Or should we say, takes off from that experience in the form of only 6.5 lbs. total installed weight! 


XLT series starters are PERFECT for weight-obsessed 4-cylinder Lycoming applications including:

Lycoming powered Cubs

Lycoming powered LSA eligible aircraft

Weight obsessed Lycoming powered Experimental aircraft

and any other 4-cylinder Lycoming powered aircraft that needs to get nearly twelve pounds off the nose and up to twice the cranking RPM (compared to OE heavyweight Bendix starters).

now featuring


Sky-Tec's exclusive

KPS® (Kickback Protection System)



Sky-Tec HT series starters now feature the industry's first self-resetting Kickback Protection System!


A proprietary internal drive system automatically decouples the starter’s powerful high torque motor from the Lycoming engine’s flywheel in the event of an ignition kickback during startup.  The drive system automatically resets requiring  no replacement, adjustment, repair or maintenance before or after a kickback. 


The new kickback protected HT series starters are the perfect solution for Lycoming Powered helicopters including: 

Robinson R-22 (149-12HT-h),

Robinson R-44 (149-24HT-h),

Enstrom F28 (149-12HT or 149-24HT),

Schweitzer 269's (149-24HT),

and many others.


HT series starters feature:

Highly durable cast mount systems

Fast spin (no, not "too" fast)

PMA eligibility to replace Prestolite and B&C starters

Light weight, and Zero maintenance.  

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More than 100,000 pilots and aircraft owners like you have selected Sky-Tec starters for their aircraft. Sky-Tec's singular relentless focus is simple: offer customers the best value, best performing lightweight starters for their piston engine powered aircraft. That is all we do. And we do it quite well.


LEADERSHIP - No one sells more aircraft piston engine starters than Sky-Tec.  No one.  Lycoming, Continental, and engine rebuilders the world 'round have come to rely on Sky-Tec performance and Sky-Tec quality - first and foremost.


SINGULAR FOCUS | SINGULAR PASSION | TOTAL COMMITMENT - Sky-Tec is a family company with one product line, one obsession, and one commitment: to develop, manufacture, sell and support the world's best aircraft piston engine starters.  We are in this for the long-haul.  And our future depends on ALL Sky-Tec customers being satisfied.  Your satisfaction is our singular goal each and every day.


RELENTLESS PURSUIT - Sky-Tec starters may be the best Lycoming and Continental engine customers can buy, but Sky-Tec believes its starters can be even better.  That is why we continuously analyze, research, engineer, test, prove and improve all of our starter designs.  After all, we did say "obsession" (above)


EXPERIENCE - Sky-Tec's Partners have more than 125 years combined experience in product development, engineering, auto electric, manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support.  Sky-Tec enjoys supplier relationships dating back more than 30 years.


SENSIBLE APPROACH - Sky-Tec uses simple, affordable technologies in everything we do using electro-mechanical engagement drives, not centrifugal, throw-and-pray Bendix-type drives on all Lycoming starters and starter adapter friendly decoupling clutch mechanisms on Continental starters.  Whenever appropriate, Sky-Tec starters use its exclusive simple, reliable, maintenance-free KPS (Kickback Protection System).  And everything we do is geared toward sensible affordability, quality and value.


Flyweight™ - Don't confuse weight with power. Sky-Tec starters actually offer BOTH: Light weight AND high torque. It's how we roll.


High Torque - Sky-Tec starters utilize significant gear reduction methods to produce a vast increase in available torque and optimum cranking rotation speed.  Let no one mislead you by saying Sky-Tec starters spin "too fast."  Sky-Tec dials-in every starter to crank at the optimum cranking speed for the application.  On Lycoming applications, RPM is increased by 2X and sometimes even more over heavyweight OEM starters.  On Continental starters, slow and steady wins the race - our friends at Continental helped us dial our starters in at just the right RPM for reliably starting Continental engines.  


Rugged Designs - Sky-Tec starters are engineered to exceed engine TBO lifetimes and withstand the toughest operating environments.


Unmatched Customer Service - And if a starter happens to not make it past engine TBO, we roll up our sleeves and get your starter back in service better than anyone.  Sky-Tec understands how to take care of customers who happen upon a problem and we also know how to swallow our pride and take care of our customers when something Sky-Tec did contributed to the problem. When "it" happens, we get to work and take care of our customers. 



Personal & In Touch - We are pilots and aircraft owners too. We understand fitment, performance and troubleshooting issues.  And we can help.  If you have a question, contact us.  If you have a problem, contact us.  If you have feedback, contact us.  


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