Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, is in Atlanta this week to announce its latest engine power upgrade for the Beech King Air 200, the Dash 61 STC program featuring factory-new 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-61 turboshafts with a higher thermodynamic horsepower rating in place of the original PT6A-42 powerplants.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
Seattle-based Raisbeck Engineering (Booth No. 2606) said it completed the 50th installation of its ZR Lite performance kit for the Learjet 31. West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., installed the milestone modification on a Learjet 31A operated by Kirkland Construction of Pueblo, Colo. “The ZR Lite performance system has become so popular that we can hardly keep it in stock,” said Nick Nicholson, a Raisbeck sales manager.
An Airworthiness Directive issued by Transport Canada yesterday requires a general visual inspection of the left and right main landing gear system and main landing gear retract actuator jam nut on all Bombardier Q400s.
Clifford Development has expanded certification efforts for its Cessna Citation II re-engining and airframe modification program to include the S/II (CE-S550). Like the company’s Citation II program, the modification will include replacing the S/II’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans with Williams FJ44-3 turbofans, as well as adding winglets and more than 30 other systems enhancements.
After a year-and-a-half-long court battle, maintenance-tracking provider Camp Systems International and Gulfstream Aerospace signed a cross-licensing agreement that settles the dispute. Under the agreement, Gulfstream will permit Camp to use Gulfstream’s copyrighted maintenance manuals on a non-exclusive worldwide basis for 15 years.
Cessna will offer a TKS “weeping wing” anti-icing system for the Cessna Grand Caravan beginning next March. The system, manufactured by Aerospace Systems & Technologies, includes TKS panels (titanium laser-drilled with thousands of tiny holes) installed on the leading edges of the wings, wing struts and horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
Cheyenne owners now have an option for RVSM certification, in the form of a Jettech kit available for all Cheyenne 400LS models equipped with the Collins APS-65 or King KFC 400 autopilot. The company is working on an STC for those equipped with a KFC 300. It will sell for $159,000 and include a new air data computer, digital altimeter and associated pitot-static and wiring upgrades.
Several French-based companies, universities and local authorities have joined forces in a project to reduce helicopter support costs by 30 percent. Thirteen small firms, all located around Montauban, near Toulouse, are participating in the $14 million Helimaintenance project.
If your King Air 200 is coming up on its second or–worse–third PT6A-41 engine overhaul, you might find the numbers daunting. Fortunately, Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, offers an alternative in the form of an STC that is far more operator friendly.
FBO company turns its attention to maintenance Houston-based Encore FBO has focused a good deal of time and attention on the maintenance element of its business. “We want to provide total support for our business aviation customers,” CEO Dan Bucaro told AIN. The company currently offers maintenance at its Frederick, Md., and Sioux Falls, S.D. facilities, and it has plans to expand.