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Archive for October 2013

Blackhawk Advances XP42A Certification Efforts For Float-Equipped Caravans

Blackhawk Advances XP42A Certification Efforts For Float-Equipped Caravans LAS VEGAS, Nev., October 23, 2013 – Caravan and Grand Caravan operators who fly with Wipline Amphibious Floats will soon be able to further enhance the performance, flexibility and utility of their aircraft with the Blackhawk XP42A engine upgrade. Blackhawk expects the combined package of engine, floats and…

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Blackhawk Names J.A. Air Center The Newest Distributor Of It's Engine Performance Solutions

Blackhawk Names J.A. Air Center The Newest Distributor Of It’s Engine Performance Solutions LAS VEGAS, NV, October 22, 2013 – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. has named J.A. Air Center, a top fixed-base operator in the Americas, as the newest distributor of its engine performance solutions for Beechcraft King Airs, Cessna Caravan 208A/208Bs, Conquest I and Cheyenne aircraft. Based at Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove, Ill., about 45 miles west of Chicago, J.A. Air Center recently completed its first Blackhawk installation, an XP135A upgrade that incorporated two factory-­new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-­135A engines on a corporate operator’s King Air C90. That upgrade, which is approved by the FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Brazilian aviation regulator ANAC, increases the King Air’s true airspeed and rate of climb, decreases its time and fuel to climb, and raises its single-engine service ceiling while lowering operating costs and boosting resale value. For three years running, Aviation International News’ prestigious annual survey has named J.A. Air Center among the Top 10 fixed-­base operators (FBOs) in the Americas. This year, the company was named No. 1, as it was in 2011. “J.A. Air Center has made a concerted investment in expanding the services and capabilities we offer the turboprop and light jet aircraft markets,” said Ron Jennings, J.A. Air Center’s director of maintenance sales. “The performance improvements and cost savings of Blackhawk Modifications’ upgrades have huge appeal and will help us better serve the large number of King Air, Caravan and Conquest operators in the Midwest.” “The capability and efficiency gains of Blackhawk’s engine performance solutions, combined with J.A. Air Center’s capabilities and highly experienced staff, will help operators get the most out of their aircraft investments,” said Edwin Black, Blackhawk Modifications’ Vice President of domestic sales. “We’re happy to have them as part of the Blackhawk team.” Visit with the Blackhawk team Oct. 22–24, 2013 during the National Business Aviation Association’s 66th Annual Meeting and Convention (NBAA 2013). Its exhibit is at Booth C7032 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. About Blackhawk Modifications Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., founded in 1999 in Waco, Texas, is a recognized aviation leader in providing engine performance solutions to the turboprop fleet. The company has the largest…

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Blackhawk's XP135A Upgrade Sustains Emmerson Daily's Passion For Aviation

Blackhawk’s XP135A Upgrade Sustains Emmerson Daily’s Passion For Aviation LAS VEGAS, NV, October 21, 2013 – Emmerson Daily’s Beechcraft King Air F90 helped carry him through a highly successful career supporting material-handling operations in the southern U.S. As he begins to fully enjoy the fruits of that success, Daily has turned to Blackhawk Modifications to…

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What Is The True Economic Value Of An Engine Upgrade

What is the true economic value of an engine upgrade? Conventional thinking may be out dated when it comes to engine upgrades, specifically the belief that engines should be maintained and run until just shy of the recommended overhaul time.  While it may sound good in theory, the reality can be very different, especially if…

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