Here are just some of the innumerable positive reviews of
Sky-Tec starters we have received in the past ten years...
This is a long overdue letter to the folks at
Sky-Tec. A few months back I sent in a bad Sky-Tec
starter. I sent it on a Friday and received a phone call
on Monday that it was a solenoid wire that had broken
internally on the starter. It was out of warranty, how
every your company said they would fix it and send it out that
day. I received it on Wednesday and had the plane back
in service on Thursday. What great service! I wish
more companies would be like Sky-Tec. The starter
performs flawlessly and turns the engine over much faster than
the old Delco starter.
Again my apologies for this late letter but I
just can not say enough about you company and your service.
Thank you very much.
- Dan Thurnau
We installed a Sky-Tec Starter last year when
we did a Firewall-Forward Re-Man on our 1968 C-177 With a
O-360/CSP, I’ve owned this plane since 1979, and I can
Honestly state that if I knew then, what I know
now, I would have bought your starter MANY, MANY
What a Marvelous Improvement. I am
certain that it was worth the price even if there is nothing
wrong with the existing starter. I used to service the Bendix
sleeve with silicone grease religiously, and still had
events where the Bendix stayed locked-up.
One thing I will say, Everything you
state in your ads is absolutely true. This is important
to a C-177 owner, as the CG on the 1968 180 HP
conversion is WAY too far forward.
The weight savings was a godsend!
Having said that, I love the starter
and am grateful for your developing and marketing it.
- Rick Paquette
New Zealand Chieftain
A follow up on the two 149NL/EC's you very
kindly sent to us in New Zealand, they've done just on 250
hours now with no problems at all. The pilots love them! I'm
even thinking of trying a Sky-Tec on my 150 now.....
Thanks again for your help and especially your
commitment to customer service.
- Mat Bailey
Sky-Tec Far and Wide
I've bought several of these Skytecs in the
last year or two.
I've tried Skytec (and all other brand)
starters. This Sky-Tec is the best by a wide margin.
Sky-Tec has them all beat.
- Dan Thomas
You have exceeded every expectation that I may
have had. Best of luck with your business in the future.
Regards from a very happy customer.
- Graham Dawes
Customer for Life
I just wanted to let you know that you have
made a customer (and friend) for life. I needed to bring in my
149-NL for service and I must say I can't remember when I have
ever been treated so nice. From the moment I walked in the
front door to the moment I paid my bill and left, it was as if
the entire staff dropped what they were doing and focused
solely on my needs. I know you do this for all your customers,
but wow, how refreshing it is to experience this level of
Most places I deal with just tell you to drop
off your part and come back later to pick it up. Not so with
Sky-Tec. How cool is it that as a customer, you are actually
invited back to the shop to watch and ask questions. A special
thanks to Ken in the rebuild shop for taking the time to
explain every step of the process, and to Miranda at the front
desk for making checkout fun (she likes to talk politics,
too...so do I). I will be telling everyone I know that they
should choose Sky-Tec for all their starter needs.
- Wayne Patterson
Richardson, TX 75082
Good Afternoon ! I just want to say thank you,
Sky-Tec for the outstanding service regarding my Sky-Tec
starter. When I spoke with tech support, I was expecting
a lot of excuses regarding the problems I was having with my
new starter (only 5 start attempts and out of warranty) that
came with my new Aero Sport Power engine. Instead I
received a phone call from him when my starter arrived for
evaluation and said Sky Tec would fix the problem and ship it
back to me at no cost.
This was not the response I was expecting
! It is very nice to know that an
American Company stands behind their product and
will do whatever is right to make the customer happy...much
like the Old Sears and Roebuck Co. use to do.
The starter has been reinstalled and works
perfect ! Thank you again.
- Rich Brazell
Last week I returned a starter to you and
would like to thanks you for the speedy service. Do appreciate
the service…Thanks again.
- Doug Hackler
My Sky-Tec starter renewed my love for flying.
Now I can fuel up and can start my engine like
most planes. I wonder how the FAA could ever have
approved the (other manufacturer’s) starters but it doesn't
Pillar in the Industry
Your success is due to the pillars of a good
product, reasonable pricing, and great customer service.
For many of us repeat customers, it is the friendly and
efficient customer (repair) service that tends to dominate our
decision to keep coming back.
We were one of your early adopters 15+ years
ago, and our entire little fleet sports 12 Sky-Tec
- John Hunter
Wings of Carolina Flying Club
Hey! Sky-Tec…just a line to say how great my
new Sky-Tec 149-NL went on….for my Cherokee Six 260.
Sounds strong, spins fast and super easy to install and while
I had onlookers, I sold three to the guys at the
airport. Got it from Aircraft spruce.
I know good products and I refuse to settle
for anything less, I ran across you a couple of weeks ago with
questions on a starter for my experimental aircraft and I must
say you and that Joe Loggie from Champion sure are great
assets to your company. It is so satisfying to a consumer to
get knowledgeable response, and timely is a plus.
Research Leads to Love
Hello. I just wanted to let you know
that I love my Sky-Tec starter! The (other) unit I
removed was terrible, and I considered another (competitor’s)
starter but went with you guys based on research. So
glad I did! Thanks!
- Scott Grant
In May we changed the 4 aircraft we have
operating in the pax role over to these starters. We
calculated that they should give the following benefits:
1. At the price of them ( for a
new, throw away item) compared to what we were paying for
overhaul of the (heavyweight) starters, we calculated that
with no northbound shipping, we needed to achieve 500 to 600
hours per unit. Our fleet leader for these now is at 1200
hours per unit, day ( a rough calculation based on landings is
approx 3500 starts and then add a factor for engineering).
- Improved starting – true they really do throw the
- Weight saving of 3Kg per engine. This does not sound
much but when we operate into grass strips that have take
off weight limitations, every Kg counts!
So far, we have found them to be excellent
value for money and very reliable (no reported failures).
We are very happy with our Sky-Tec’s and when
we have consumed our stocks of serviceable (heavyweight
rebuilds) on our Fishery Patrol aircraft, we will fit Sky-Tec
starters to all of them.
- Jim Parke
Falkland Islands Government Air Service
The best thing we ever did was to convert our
two Hughes 300C helicopters to Sky-Tec starters years ago.
- Pete Gillies, Chief Pilot
Western Helicopters, Inc.
Above and Beyond
Once in a while the service you get from a
company is so far beyond expectation that mention has to be
made of it.
My Prestolite starter gave up the ghost
with 900 hrs on it. I thought I would try a
Sky-Tec lightweight. It sure was light. But I soon
broke it when the engine was not going and I ENGAGED THE
STARTER WITH THE PROP COMING OFF A COMPRESSION STROKE
GOING BACKWARDS. Not a good thing.
I called Sky-Tec and told them what I
had done and the problem was corrected so fast I almost
didn’t miss the starter. All this at no cost
in spite of the fact I truly believe is was more than a
BIT my fault.
I recommend Sky-tec to everyone. I have had
absolutely no starter issues now.
Someone to Speak With
My company, Electroimpact Inc www.electroimpact.com,
also believes that the customer needs to talk to an engineer.
Being a customer of Sky-Tec and getting to talk to Rich
within the first 10s of my phone call made me realize how much
our customers must appreciate this.
I finished my RV8 in late 2003, and since then
put 1000+ punishing hours, flying plenty of IMC in rain and
snow as well as acro and formation flight nearly every week.
The starter always works fine and cranks the IO360
Good job guys.
Bite the bullet and buy a Sky-Tec. the first
year I had my '74 RG (2 1/2 years ago) I had a rash of starter
problems, five to be exact. One of them cost me a ring
gear. The last starter I got from (another manufacturer) did
not even work right out of the box.
Since I installed the Sky-Tec it has been
trouble free. This past weekend I flew Young Eagles for EAA at
a charity event. Average flight time was about 10 min. and I
easily did 10 to 15 hot starts.
- Mike Anderson
N2043Q '74 RG
Every Day Starter
After numerous (other brand) starter failures,
my mechanic suggested I buy a real starter: a Sky-Tec 149-NL.
I agreed … and the airplane started every day there after.
Why didn’t I do that in the first place!?
I want to express my thanks to you and your
company. I used your trouble shooting guide to determine
that I did not need a new starter. Turns out it was a
faulty ground wire. I appreciate your advice, and, in
the future, when I do need a starter, I know where to come
- Ed Stephens
Thanks so much for the troubleshooting help! I
went back through my electrical system. I found one possible
problem inside the starter switch. It was a little dirty on
the contacts points. Of course, when I checked it with the ohm
meter it showed no resistance and naturally, before and after
assembly it demonstrated no problems.
Your company is very refreshing to deal
- Jack Sayger
My new NL starter works GREAT! in my Comanche
250. I have struggled with starting this bird since I
bought it in 1999. This was the fix. Thanks,
- Ed Zeigler
I am following up with this email to thank you
for your help with my recent “electrical” problem in my 1980
ARCHER II. As we discussed I was having both battery charge
issues and really slow starts with my Sky-Tec starter. You
indicated that the starter needs a good ground to properly
operate. I found two things as a result of our
conversation 1) my battery ground was a little corroded
which I cleaned and re-installed. 2) with inspections from
both of my IA’s that I use it was determined that apparently
Archers do not have a ground in the engine compartments. My IA
owns a Warrior and told me that his never had a ground either.
I found this to be quite odd and had my IA make me a ground to
install in the plane. WOW-is the only word to describe the
difference that made when turning the key to the starter. It
spun so quick I could hardly see the prop. Either a ground was
never replaced when my plane had previous engine replacements
or Piper grounds the engine is some other way which is not
conducive to good operations for the Sky-Tec system. In any
event I am a very happy 59 yr old pilot at the moment. Thanks
again for all your friendly assistance.
- Dave Hahn
No More Wonder
My mechanic, who had grown tired of lubing the
"Bendix" on my pervious starter strongly recommended
that I spend the bucks and get a Sky-Tec starter. I did and
have been nothing but happy with it! No more "spin
tests", just rapid "sure fire" starts. There's
a reason the OEMs use Sky-Tec.
- Bob Hanson
'76 RG, N34565
Pleased Down Under
Due to your customer service and since I am
building another plane I specifically asked for one of your
starters again due to your customer support. So good things do
come back. Thank you.
- Chris McGough
Just wanted to say thanks to you and your
staff, received and reinstalled my starter yesterday, what a
hugh difference. Thanks for the prompt service and
- Denis Doster
I'd been having problems for a while starting
N99DR when she was hot. Cold starts were fine, if a little
slow, but hot starts seemed like the battery was low- one or
two blades, then just one blade each time I pushed the starter
until it caught. The last attempt produced scary grinding
noises and pulling the prop through showed the front end of
the starter Bendix shaft moving a quarter-inch in all
directions. Fortunately this was after refueling at home!
The new Sky-Tec starter fit perfectly-- not a
thing had to be changed or modified on my AA-1 except
re-routing the starter cable (Sky-Tec is shorter). Hot &
cold starts are near instantaneous-- I wonder how long the old
starter was dragging?
Sky-Tec service and starter gets my highest
- Wayne Moyer
I recently underwent a painful, yet necessary
engine overhaul and…while still smarting from the assault on
my checkbook for the parts to complete my O-320...I decided to
bite the bullet and replace my OEM starter with your 122-NL.
Best move I ever made. Now, mind you,
this is a fresh, 0-time overhaul. New jugs, crank, balanced
pistons, the whole magilla. But, your starter, besides
weighing 9 lbs less than the boat anchor that was on there,
spun my engine up on the pre-oil in 20 seconds
(unloaded...spark plugs were out of the jugs...), and for the
first start, turned the thing fast enough that the impulse
coupling was able to start her up on the second blade.
In my opinion, this was one of the best
investments I made during this overhaul. Lots of Piper
owners suffer from the bump start syndrome, and spend lots of
money on cables, solenoids, new batteries...bad starter
overhauls....you name it. Still have to do the Piper
"bumpstart". Not anymore...on the
pipercherokee email group on Yahoo...my mantra is clear: ditch
the old tech...and go Sky-Tec. Everyone I've pushed in
that direction, without fail has come back with the same
paraphrased comment: 'best damn investment in getting my plane
to turn over I've
Congrats, folks. You have some great
products, and I'm proud to let folks know what's starting my
Cherokee up these days
- Bryan Boyle
Grumman Gang Love
I'll just toss out that I had outstanding
service from Sky Tec last year. I had a bad solenoid and they
had me ship it to them, replaced at very reasonable cost,
upgraded the rest of the starter for free. I feel their
customer service is second to none.
I love my Sky-Tec 12LS starter. I
originally had a B&C but it would not fit the horizontal
induction engine with Silverhawk FI. Not to mention the
fiberglass horizontal stock intake from Vans Aircraft. I
called Sky-Tec and they explained everything with great
clarity and service.
Sky Tec has earned many more "above the
call of duty" positive comments, that I have read or
heard. Bang for the Buck if you can fit a LS or PM starter is
a bargain. If you want the ultimate, the NL is the option. The
NL option cost less than (other starters) and has the unique
shear pin concept. The "FUSE" pretty much eliminates
the chance of starter or ring gear damage for a kick back.
Clearly the PM/LS, HT and NL offer different performance, fit
and price points, but............
For me, I like the LS for the money and
weight. On the experimental RV the cowl clearance was a little
tight for the nose piece but it still fit. The HT may be a
better choice for the the RV. The NL is nice but cost more.
I was always a little wary when anticipating a
hot start until I got a Sky-Tec starter for my Tiger. It
- Ken Tusha
The Star of Texas
I cannot say enough positive things about Les
Staples and Sky-Tec starters. I haven't put in his new
lightweight alternator yet but it's on the list.
- Jay Carpenter
President - Texas Aviation Association
Baton Rouge Sierra
We installed our new starter yesterday on our
1981 Beech C24R Sierra. In the year that we have owned
the plane, I have been continually frustrated by the slow
cranking speed of the original starter, fearing that I would
wind up far from home with a dead set of batteries. The
first start with the Sky-Tec literally frightened me as it
happened so fast, and I didn't anticipate what was going to
happen. I actually felt the plane torque slightly to one
side during the split-second start. You need to put
warning labels on these things! Thanks for a great
- Bill Manhein
Baton Rouge, LA
There are a number of reports of premature
failures of (other manufacturer’s) starters. Mine went out
with less than 60 hours on a Lycoming factory reman. It worked
fine until the day it completely stopped working. The solenoid
on mine was not the problem.
The manufacturer of the starter market their
product with a two year warranty. Although mine was little
more than a year old, they would not honor the warranty or
even offer a discount as it was installed as an engine
accessory during the Lycoming factory reman. They claim it is
Lycoming's problem not theirs. Unfortunately, Lycoming's
warranty is one year, including accessories.
I now have a Sky- Tec inline starter and am
very happy with it. From would I have read, they have a much
better service record and customer service track record. I
would not consider another brand IMHO due to the reported high
incidence of failure and because the manufacturers do not
stand behind their product.
- Angelo Petropolis
1978 Cardinal RG
Hi. I am the A&P from the Seattle
area who spoke with you yesterday. We just installed
your 149NL in a Cardinal RG with IO360. Thanks for the
info that the extra pins are glued on the starter! Hope
I will never need to get at them. Your installation was easy
and simple and quick. As I said, the RG baffling meant
we needed to take off the darned prop to get at the old Delco
Remy starter....but hopefully, we'll not have to do that again
to get at your starter...if ever.
I must rave about your starter for a
moment. I consider it just about the best money I have
spent on this Cardinal. That darned IO360 whether it is
in an Arrow, mooney or Cardinal, always has a hot start
problem. Your high torque starter genuinely SOLVES that
problem . On a cold start, your starter gets the engine
going in about 2 or 3 blades (1/1/2 or 2 seconds) and
hot starts take place in about four or five seconds. It
is simply wonderful.
I would be happy to speak in favor of your
product to anyone who asks. Feel free to use my name and
give out my e-mail or mailing address to anyone who wants a
- Fred Lundahl
Salt Lake Skylane
I recently purchased a factory new Lycoming
O-540 that fortunately came equipped with a Sky-Tec starter.
We love our Sky-Tec starter!
- Brian G. Sorensen
Salt Lake City, UT
Twin Cities Cherokee
My Sky-Tec has been on for five years now and
it still cranks my Cherokee so fast you can taxi with it. I
have a friend with an Archer that I am pushing to install one
on his when he overhauls this fall. Keep up the good work,
- Terry Hocking
I just had a Sky-Tec Inline HT starter
installed in my recently acquired 1963 Piper PA28-180. After
very weak starting, even after the installation of copper
cables, the old starter finally met it's end when during a
start, a kick back destroyed the OEM starter.
My A/P felt another OEM was the way to go, but
I insisted that I wanted to kill a bunch of birds with one
stone. The Inline offered kickback protection, stronger
starting, and without a viable core, the price differential
was not that much.
After getting the new starter installed, I
noticed immediate improvement in the speed of rotation during
start. While there is still some initial hesitation at
the beginning of the start when the engine is cold, I no
longer worry about whether the starter and battery are up to
the task. I no longer worry about being stranded
somewhere due to kick back as my AP pointed me to the spare
"keys" that were supplied with the starter (although
I might not have located them
where you have to remove the starter, but
....at least they are there).
I feel I made the right
price/value/performance decision. Thanks for the great
- Jeff Davis
I have a 1970 Beechcraft Sierra, A24R, with a
Sky-Tec lightweight starter. The starter was installed over
five years ago and the plane averages just over 100 hrs a year
flight time. The starter has been no trouble
at all with very little maintenance (lubricate the gear/shaft
at each oil change, ~ 25hr). I also had a
Sky-Tec starter on my last plane, a Piper PA-28, with the same
trouble free experience. These starters are really the
only way to go! And by the way, Customer Service
is friendly and fast if any questions are asked or information
- Ken Kirkman
I only recommend your starters to pilots since
Sky-tec makes the best starters and is great with dealing with
- Dennis Gray
Nothing but good reports. We have had
the PM model on our Glasair for 10 years now with no problems.
As with any PM motor, a good charge on the battery is
important since they draw lots of power on startup as compared
with a series-would motor. One suggestion that came to
mind when reading about your starter motor with the shear pin.
Might be a neat idea to include a spare pin mounted in a
little holder somewhere on the motor itself. That way if
the pin fails at some remote location instead of in front of
your home base hangar (it ALWAYS will), you have the
replacement on hand, provided the pilot remembers about it's
location. [ and so we did! ]
- Harvey Spencer
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
I own a 2000 Cessna 182S with a 540 Lycoming
engine, total time 560 hours. The LAMAR starter had to be
replaced after 3 years or 350 hours, now the new Lamar broke,
too. I will now install a Sky-Tec 149-NL/ec starter. Can’t
- Michel Horat
I really do appreciate your outstanding
service. Since I replaced the starter, everything has
been fine. It’s great to hear that new starter spin my
engine every morning as I head to work. Thanks again.
You guys/gals are great!
- Robert Owen
John Wayne Friend
I want to thank you for your outstanding
service & compliment Katherine for being so knowledgeable
and efficient. When I called her last Friday to explain that
my starter failed & that I use my plane to commute every
day so needed a replacement starter as soon as possible, she
arranged to have one sent out within hours, if not minutes, on
a “Next day – Saturday” delivery. To my delight, the
UPS man rang my doorbell before 10:00 a.m. with my replacement
starter. I was thoroughly impressed!
This level of service is not the “norm”
these days and particularly since it was a warranty
replacement, I was even more surprised. I am a part-time
flight instructor at John Wayne Airport in California &
have many friends with airplanes on the field. You can
be sure I will tell anyone who is interested in listening, how
exceptional your service is. Thanks from a very happy
- Robert L. Owen
Silgan Containers Corp.
We use your starters here at my FBO and have
had great luck with them. The one currently on my Extra has
over 500 hours and many starts without a problem. I wore my
Sky-Tec shirt at Sun n Fun and while standing at my airplane
by the taxiway on Sunday an airplane taxied by, pointed to my
shirt and I received 2 thumbs up!
- Jim Peitz
I've been a mechanic for 24 years and in
aircraft parts sales for 3. This is fact: Your starters are
great and your company is great to deal with!
- Rick Smith
Thank you for the no charge repair to my
starter. I admitted my error in leaving the Jeff Rose ignition
on while starting my airplane which led to damaging a freshly
rebuilt starter. Your generosity is very much appreciated and
won’t be forgotten. I will spread the word about Sky-Tec
being a great company to deal with.
- Glen Miller
P.S. Although I live in Columbus Ohio my RV8
was once based at your airport and owned by John Bunn. He also
stated that your company is a class act.
Just dropping a note to say that we like your
starters and try to sell them as
much as we can! It is a
great product and the sales/tech support is very helpful.
- Rick Pescitani
Super Starting Decathlon
I recently purchased a 2003 ACA Super
Decathlon and I believe the plane has one of your starters.
The starter is absolutely reliable and has plenty of cranking
power. Your company has a great reputation.
- Brian Perry
Florida Flight School
I have finished converting my fleet of 12
B-76's, 9 C-172's, a Arrow and a Sierra to Sky-Tec starters
and our starter failure rate went from about 6 a week to 1-2 a
month (mostly from over-cranking). We were using Lamar and
Kelly starters. Both of the starters were destroying the
Bendix gears after about 200 to 300 hours. When the gear would
break the Bendix would shear teeth from the ring gear and also
break the electronic tach sensor. It was costing an average of
$600 every time a starter would go out. We had to keep 40
starters in stock and that would last 2 to 3 weeks. The first
2 Sky-Tec starters were installed Feb 2005 and they now have
over 2100 hours each on them and still going! Since we fly 40k
to 50k hours a year we have accumulated about 25k
total hours on the starters with only about 12
failures (the engines are started 10 to 20 times a day). The
cost savings and less down time have been great. My next big
issue is alternators and now I see Plane-Power alternators are
just the ticket! Thanks for a product that lives up to flight
- Ed Johnson
So fast I can taxi without starting the
engine! It works great, a couple of effortless hot starts
- Bob Lee
She spins like nothing I have seen before in
my 35 years of flying.
- Ron Davis
Virginia State Police Cardinal
I converted the Prestolite starter on my 68
Cardinal to a new Sky-Tec starter and the starting improvement
was terrific. With the old starter it was very difficult
to almost impossible to start the engine when hot but your new
starter spins it like a top. I used to hate the idea of
making an enroute fuel stop and a hot crank to follow but now
it is a breeze. I highly recommend your lightweight
starter to all Cardinal owners as the only good solution to
the hot starting blues. Thanks for a wonderful product.
- Morris Pearson
State College 172
I purchased a Sky-Tec Model 149-12LS for my
Cessna 1972 172M. Basically the replacement of the old
Prestolite starter went as advertised. The aircraft now has
about 110 hours of use on it since then; in my type of flying
that amounts to about 100 starts, and I've been delighted with
every one of them. Even in the beastly cold of Pennsylvania
winters (I fly more in the winter than most GA pilots), the
Sky-Tec starter, along with a decent battery, provides such a
rapid engine rotation that starting is never in doubt, as it
often was with the old starter. One mechanically-savvy flying
friend actually jested on one occasion that we could fly home
on the starter, even if the fuel were frozen! Well, maybe not,
but I'm very happy with your product and I hope you guys make
a million bucks!
- Phil Glass
State College, PA
You have a great product with great support
and you guys are friendly to boot. Even with a great product,
once in a while, someone like me will do a boneheaded maneuver
and break one. Thank you for the support in the repair of my
starter. The starter is just like new!
- Tom Allen
I want to say that you and your company are a
fantastic group of people to work with. Always fast and
courteous responses, and most willing to help. I could only
wish that rest of the world was as kind as you are. Thanks for
time and consideration.
- Joe Warren
Thank you and the folks at Sky Tec for your
good service, and backup. If you don't mind I will e-mail the
Ercoupe group and tell them about your good service.
- Dick Logston
I installed one of your inline starters p/n
149NL on a 1967 Mooney M20C with a Lycoming O360-A1D
I am very happy with your product. the airplane
starts better than my car a 2000 Honda Civic.
a great reliable product and saving me weight too. No more
frustration when starting the airplane and wondering if the
airplane is going to start.
- James Mahoney
New York Skylane
My new Sky-Tec starter is much stronger,
lighter and seems to use less juice from the battery for the
output. I appreciate your standing behind your product
and customer with a positive can-do attitude!
- Ron Brach
Hi Rich. I finally got my Cardinal's
O-360-A1F6D overhauled this spring and we started her up
yesterday for the first time. What a difference in the
smooth balanced engine, and as well the fast turning Sky-Tec
149-NL starter. You have another happy customer.
She fired up on the second blade!
- Rob Maas
N1246C / 78 C177B
Followed your advice and put on the 149-12LS
and WOW!!! what a difference. First start took about 3
blades and fired right up -- actually startled me there a
little. Did a hot start the same day and NO-O-O
problem. As you said, the cranking rpms are much quicker
and really make a big difference. My electrical
system is plenty adequate to produce the initial higher
amperage so all is well here in sunny Florida.
Guess you can tell, I'm a happy camper at the
moment. Sure nice to go away from home base and
have confidence the ole Cougar will crank. Also think I
picked up a couple knots cruise with that lower weight : -
Thanks so much for your assistance and
advice. A pleasant and unusual treat dealing with
someone with your expertise and enthusiasm this day
- Ed Leffingwell
Punta Gorda, FL
Satisfied in Seattle
I'll make a long story short. I needed a new
starter ASAP since I am planning a trip to family this Xmas, 4
days from now. I e-mailed Sky-Tec yesterday (Sunday) asking to
have one sent 2-day and bill me in advance while I was getting
my old one to them. I received a return message that same day
(on Sunday!) that a new starter would be sent in the morning
without charge and without waiting to determine the condition
of my core. I have NEVER had that kind of Nordstrom level
service at any time of my 10 years of aircraft ownership. The
service and support from Sky-Tec will keep me a customer for
- Jeff Robertson
Seatac, WA 98188
Cape Horn Cardinal
Hi Rich, I installed the starter on Saturday and it is
working like a dream, celebrated by doing three flights around
the Cape Peninsula! Cheers.
Fast Cranking Comanche
I have owned several airplanes over the past 40+ years and most of them had
starter problems; slow to crank, etc. This year, in August 2004, I
overhauled my Lyc.0-360 engine in my '59 Comanche and decided to work on
the slow cranking problem and see if I could fix this problem once and for
I must say now that my problems are over. I replaced my aluminum
wire from my battery compartment with copper and bought a Sky-Tec light weight
To my surprise, from the very first start, the change was
overwhelming. The engine jumps to a start, I could almost taxi with this
starter. I have never seen such as major change in starting procedures. I
would overwhelmingly recommend this product to anyone with starter problems
or looking for a new starter.
Thank you very much Sky-Tec.
- Jerry Gardner
Starter for Piper Comanche 400 (PA24-148)
Dear Ritchie [please, no one attempt to call Rich by this
nick name, rights are reserved for this customer only ; ) ]
"Every once in a while a person like myself comes
across an "unusually excellent" company or a person
within such a company, and you and your company fit that
description (how do you like that description ...
"unusually excellent"). I just want to take
this opportunity to thank you for the way you handled my
request in replacing the starter for my Comanche 400. I
will be sure to pass on a recommendation about you and your
company to anybody else I know."
- Norm Newell, President
Friends from Down Under
Thank you for your prompt and excellent
service. Yesterday I received a replacement starter from
Superior and will return the faulty unit to them shortly. I
also thank Barry from Superior who provided great service as a
representative of your company."
- Robert Sharman
Neighbors to the North
"I just want to say thanks for the efficient way in which you handled my starter problem under warranty.
Sky-Tec is the kind of company that I like to deal with and I will recommend your starters to other aircraft owners
wherever I go with my aircraft."
- John Stewart
Delta BC Canada.
Let me first say thank you! The starter arrived yesterday and it looks beautiful.
...I have been a long time advocate of your starters. I have an RV4 that is 10 years old and has almost a thousand hours on it. Its had a Sky-Tec starter on it since day one. I remember the day I bought it well. It was at sun"N"fun you guys had a booth very close to the B&C people so naturally I inquired about both. I had already done my research on starter brackets and other light weight options. The first thing I asked the B&C guy was how he justified the much higher price of his starter. He replied that your starters were made of used car parts and they were junk. He never did give me an answer to the question. I inquired with one of your people about this and was told it was not true. I immediately went to one of your vendors at the show and purchased my starter. I have never been sorry. Since that time I have sold many builders on your starters. I build engines for people in the RV circle still and I always point them in your direction when it comes to starters.
[I am] a loyal customer and a free sales person."
- Ryan Bendure
read your note on the CFO digest. I'd just like to mention
that we got a NL from Sacramento Sky Ranch a month or so ago,
and love it. Great product. I've recommended it to
everyone I know that needs a Lyc. starter.
I own a Cherokee 140 and have been frustrated with starting problems since I bought it. I tried voltage checks and other
suggested ideas. Finally decided to try the Sky-Tec starter. What a difference! The plane starts within seconds of activating the starter switch. Just wanted to give you a thanks for your product.
"... Les stands behind his starters 100%. I recently had a minor problem with my starter and Les and
his crew went the extra mile to get me going again. You couldn't ask for
better service than this! For anyone sitting on the fence considering a new starter, jump on over to Sky-Tec. You won't be disappointed."
- Fred & Sherye
"Rich & Catherine, Thanks for the fast service & getting the new starter down
to me quickly, as I was back in the air by 11.00AM today...And by the way, the old starter does make a good boat anchor....!"
- L.C. Mellenger
Slam Dunk for Dinkie
"...Durability is not an issue: the Sky-Tec seems the obvious choice.
FWIW, it's been about 8 years since a new Sky-Tec starter went into
"Dinkie." [We have] loved it ever since, closed the ugly hole in the
nose bowl where the Bendix once protruded =and= justified removing the 5-pounds of lead ballast in the tail. "Bullet proof" ? Not a single whimper from the
Sky-Tec in all these years ? Close enough for me."
- Art Cacella 1970 American AA-1 N6155L
Eureka, that's great customer service!
"Hello - I had to return my starter because I mistakenly ordered the wrong
model... I [had] a trip to Baja planned at the end of the week so I was hoping for a fast turn-around. I just got off the phone with Rich, who told me that a rebuilt starter was being shipped out today. I
just wanted to express my appreciation for your lighting-fast customer service!"
- William Mitchell
"On Saturday 2/21 we went out to fly the 360. Beautiful day and a nice trip to Houston planned. Well it was not to be. Got about 2 turns and then nothing. Click click but nothing from the started. Trip back home, change cloth and pulled the cowl. Did the voltage drop checks in the trouble shooting guide from Sky-Tec. Dead starter. Pulled the started and got on line filled out the return paperwork and described the problem. Monday morning the unit went to the factory for rebuild. Wednesday afternoon go a call. All fixed ready to ship need credit card number. OK that was
quick...It just showed up on the doorstep, its Friday 2/27. It looks brand
new... It will go on the plane tomorrow...I hope everyone else has this kind of
experience with Sky Tec."
Great product, Great service.
Lancair Mail List
And the list goes on but we ran out of extra
time to type them all in! ...