Blackhawk Modifications president Jim Allmon announced the appointment of two new regional sales managers. Kevin Swash has responsibility for Southeast Asia and Oceania, bringing with him a wealth of experience in Australia and Indonesia in the fields of engineering and business development. Bill Cadow has been appointed to cover the eastern U.S., having formerly worked in various sales fields for Hawker Beechcraft.
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne
Today at MEBA, aircraft brokerage Boutsen Aviation announced the sale of its 250th airplane, completed last week. “This is a big achievement for us,” said Thierry Boutsen, president of the Monaco-based sales firm and a former Formula 1 racecar driver who founded the company in 1997 with his wife Daniela. “We’ve sold 50 different models of airplanes in 49 different countries on five continents,” he told AIN. “Our first sale was a Piper Cheyenne II, for $275,000, and our 250th is a VVIP Airbus Corporate Jet, with a value of more than $100 million.”
Smyrna Air Center, a full-service FBO based at Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport near Nashville, Tenn., is showcasing its new GE H80 engine conversion option here at NBAA’12. While Smyrna (Booth No.
Denver-based JetTech received STC approval to install Garmin G600 avionics with dual flat-panel displays in the Piper Cheyenne III, IIIA and 400LS. The upgrade includes dual G600 RVSM primary instrumentation, with RVSM-capable air data computers.
Frakes Aviation, now in its fifth decade, manufactures exhaust stacks for modification companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but there is a lot more to the company’s history than just exhaust stacks.
SimCom Training Centers closed a deal to acquire 14 simulators and training programs from FlightSafety International on August 17. With this addition, Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom will operate 59 flight simulators at its five U.S. training centers.
“FlightSafety International and SimCom are in discussions regarding the possible transition of some of FlightSafety’s training programs to SimCom,” an FSI spokesman told AIN at press time. “An announcement will be made once the agreement is finalized.” According to reports, SimCom is seeking to buy some piston and turboprop training programs, as well as the accompanying simulators.
Kestrel Aircraft has selected Honeywell’s TPE331-14GR to power its all-composite single-engine turboprop. The Brunswick, Maine-based company was founded by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, to bring the former Farnborough Aircraft F1 Kestrel turboprop to market.
After 11 years in the aircraft modification business, Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 8227) has announced the European certification of its latest project, the XP engine upgrade for the Piper Cheyenne. The EASA certification covers the Cheyenne I, II and IIXL models of the twin-engine turboprop, which replaces the aircraft’s original engines with factory new 750-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135As.
Pratt & Whitney Canada and Blackhawk Modifications held a celebration ceremony at the engine manufacturer’s Montreal headquarters earlier this week highlighting Blackhawk’s 500th PT6A engine sale and the company’s 250th customer. Blackhawk began offering modifications to improve aircraft performance with PT6A upgrades in 1999. Dan Rogers of Franklin, N.C., is the 250th customer, with an upgrade to his Piper Cheyenne II.
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