Hawker Beechcraft Taking Blackhawk Upgrade Orders

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Hawker Beechcraft Blackhawk mod
The PT6A-52 on this King Air 250 is the same engine going into the King Air 200 upgrade offered by Hawker Beechcraft and performed by Blackhawk. (Photo: Kirby J. Harrison)
August 17, 2012, 9:40 AM

Hawker Beechcraft’s Global Customer Support (GCS) division announced at LABACE 2012 that it is taking orders and scheduling Blackhawk engine upgrades at the show for Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200s.

The installation will replace the original Pratt & Whitney PT6A-41 or -42 engines with factory-new PT6A-52 engines, complete with a new-engine warranty—2,500 hours/5 years coverage on primary parts.

The -52 engine, which powers the current-production King Air 250, boosts maximum cruise speeds to up to 310 knots, while normal cruise speeds touch 300 knots. The improved performance is the result of incorporating a more capable and larger compressor section derivative of the King Air 300’s PT6A-60A engine.

Blackhawk, based in Waco, Texas, expects certification of the XP52 engine upgrade on Pro Line 21-equipped airplanes in the fourth quarter.

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