Blackhawk received FAA STC approval for its XP42A upgrade package for the Cessna Caravan 208A. The package includes a new 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A engine; wide-chord, 100-inch-diameter Hartzell four-blade propeller; composite cowling and high-efficiency inlet duct; a larger oil cooler; Blackhawk DigiLog engine gauges; and a new exhaust stack. Deliveries will begin this month, Blackhawk said. The upgrade has been available for 208B Caravans, with more than two dozen installations performed to date.
Flight-testing is complete on Blackhawk Modifications’ Cessna 208A Caravan XP42A upgrade and FAA STC approval is imminent, according to the company. The upgrade provides the same operational advantages as the 208B Grand Caravan.
Blackhawk Modifications is in the final stages of STC flight testing for a Cessna 208 Caravan XP42A upgrade package. It includes a factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A rated at 850 shp continuous, a wide-chord, 100-inch Hartzell four-blade propeller, composite cowling and high-efficiency inlet duct, 40-percent-larger oil cooler, engine hose kit, Blackhawk Hawkeye DigiLog engine gauges and Frakes exhaust stacks.
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.
Blackhawk Modifications has received EASA approval for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A upgrade program for the Conquest I.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 and B200 operators have a new performance option, thanks to Blackhawk Modifications’ Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-52 XP engine upgrade.
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.
Blackhawk Modification recently announced the addition of Banyan Air Service of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to its global distributor network of authorized engine upgrade centers.
Blackhawk Modifications specializes in P&WC PT6A turboprop upgrades. The company upgrades the 90- and 200-series King Airs, as well as the Conquest I and Cheyennes. Based in Waco, Texas, Blackhawk has upgraded more than 100 turboprops since 2000.
Stevens Aviation recently completed its 26th Blackhawk King Air XP engine conversion. The Blackhawk XP program replaces the engines of 90-series King Airs with new 750-shp PT6A-135A engines flat-rated to 550 shp. According to Stevens, Blackhawk XP aircraft can maintain full takeoff power to about 18,000 feet, climb from sea level to 25,000 feet in 13 minutes, cruise at speeds up to 280 knots and also enjoy increased range.