Smyrna Air Center has added Mather Aviation in Rancho Cordova, Calif., to its network of authorized installation centers for the Power 90 engine conversion program. The MRO offers inspection, repair, component overhaul and modification for Bombardier, Learjet, Hawker, Falcon, Gulfstream and Cessna jets and Beech King Air turboprops. Power 90 is a conversion program for owners of King Air 90s that replaces the installed PT6s with more powerful 705-shp GE M601E-11As.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6
The FAA has adopted a new Airworthiness Directive for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-15AG, -27, -28, -34, -34AG, -34B and -36 turboprop engines. It requires the removal of certain affected PMA replacement Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies first-stage reduction sun gears and/or the interacting planetary gear sets from the propeller reduction gearbox assembly.
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.
Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. C6516) signed another new dealer to its worldwide network of authorized installation and service centers for turboprop engine performance upgrades. Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, and Chesterfield, Mo., joins Blackhawk’s roster of 77 authorized dealers for its upgraded engine installation programs.
Engine MRO specialist Precision Turbines (Booth No. C12944) recently won several contract renewals as a result of its support of customers’ maintenance operations and reliable performance of aircraft in the field.
Smyrna Air Center has begun flight testing its Power90 Conversion for the King Air 90 with the 800-shp GE H80 engines. The H80s are expected to deliver enhanced performance and are capable of full power up to 107 degrees F at sea level. Performance will be measured up to the aircraft’s 30,000-ft ceiling.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has formed a joint venture with China Aviation Engine Holdings, which will operate in Zhuzhou in China’s Hunan province.
Another player has joined those offering engine upgrades on the Cessna Caravan. Earlier this summer, Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No.
The aviation store at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, which had been known as Hangar63, has been renamed Banyan Pilot Shop. Its online store, TropicAero.com, has become BanyanPilotShop.com. “This is being done to take advantage of the strength of the Banyan brand,” said Nancy Bouvier, Banyan’s director of marketing. “This change will make it easier for Banyan to market its retail store and online store to the aviation community.”
Killick Aerospace has completed a series of financing agreements totaling $160 million. Proceeds will be used to retire existing debt as well as fund continued growth at Killick companies Prime Turbines, CT Aerospace and Kansas Aviation. The increased capital will also enable Killick Aerospace to make acquisitions to complement existing product and service offerings.