The Blackhawk Vx ENGINE+ UPGRADE

Cessna Caravan Series

Blackhawk XP42A Engine Plus Upgrade Caravan

The Blackhawk Vx ENGINE+ UPGRADE

Cessna Caravan Series

Blackhawk Vx Advantages

  • More Power to Take Off from Short Unimproved and Remote Runways
  • Increased Rate of Climb
  • Increased Cruise Speed
  • Greater Payload and Mission Capability
  • Greater Safety Margins
  • Improved Resale Value
  • Optimized AC Intake Significantly Lowers Cabin Temperature

What's Included with the Blackhawk Vx

  • One (1) Factory-New Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A Engine (exchange)
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada New Engine Warranty - 5 Years or 2,500 Hours
  • Choice of One (1) Factory-New Propeller Assembly with Spinner (exchange)
    • MT 96" 5-Blade Natural Composite Propeller 1
    • MT 98" 4-Blade Natural Composite Propeller
    • Hartzell 100" 4-Blade Wide-Chord Aluminum Propeller
    • Hartzell 104" 3-Blade Aluminum Propeller
  • Choice of Two (2) Factory-New Exhaust Stacks (exchange)
    • Frakes Speed Stacks which Increases Cruise Speeds up to 5 Knots
    • Globe Climb Stacks for Lower ITT During Climb
  • One (1) Factory-New Composite Cowling with High Efficiency Inlet Duct (exchange)
  • One (1) Newly Designed Engine Bleed Value Ducting System for Smoother Low-Power Setting Operations
  • One (1) New 40% Larger Oil Cooler (exchange)
  • One (1) New True Blue Power Advanced Lithium-Ion Battery for a 30 lbs. Weight Savings over Typical Lead Acid Battery
  • One (1) Each New Hawkeye Digital/Analog Engine Instruments - ITT, TRQ, OT/OP, Np, Ng, FF (exchange)
  • Optional: One (1) 325 AMP Starter Generator, Reducing Start Times and Temperatures (exchange)
  • One (1) Refurbished and Modified 4-Point Engine Mount (exchange)
  • One (1) New Engine Hose Kit
  • One (1) Factory-New Intake Tube (exchange)
  • Installation Drawings
  • STC Paperwork
  • Blackhawk Customer Support Service
  • Flight Manual Supplement with Full Performance Charts
  • Instructions for Continued Airworthiness
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Engine Logbook, Blackhawk Logbook Case, Cycle Book, and Aircraft Decals
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Line Maintenance Entitlement Training from FlightSafety International -  Read More
  • Two (2) Year Subscription for Pratt & Whitney Canada Engine Maintenance/Parts Manual

1 Complies with European Noise Level Requirements

What Blackhawk Vx Owners And Operators Are Saying

Tom Wheeler, 20800292

January 31, 2014

I’m very happy with the Blackhawk upgrade.  Horsepower will cost you money, but the significant improvement in performance is worth every penny.  I’m a PT6A guy and it just got better switching to the -42A.

Geoff Farrington, Vice President, Kapowsin Air Sports, 20800113 and 208B0116

November 30, 2013

I used to be able to take 2.5 loads an hour – now I can take 4. That’s a dramatic change for the better… On one flight we took 16 people to 16,000 feet in 13 minutes, an impressive achievement!

Frank Hinshaw, Founder and President, Skydive Hawaii, 20800028

June 20, 2013

We can go higher with no noticeable increase in fuel use, and we can carry 20 passengers instead of 18 with our increased useful load and fly 22 loads a day instead of 12 because of the climb rate.

Mark Ross, 208B0888

December 20, 2012

Your engine really has completely changed the Cessna Caravan.  It should have had this much power all along, as it completely changes what one is able to do with the aircraft.  Most of our strips here in East Africa are short, at high altitude, and have trees or mountains very nearby.

Hugh Kitchen, 208B1008

May 25, 2012

The Caravan is a great machine and the Blackhawk upgrade just makes it so much better.  We operate in a mountainous area of the country and the ability to quickly climb to altitude is important.  The higher cruise speed means more efficient delivery of loads and more trips in a day.  The commonality of engines…

Ron Limoges, 208B1008

July 22, 2011

At Alkan Air, we are always searching for a more safe and efficient way to serve our clients.  The Blackhawk Caravan engine upgrade is the next logical step in the evolution of the capable 208B Caravan.  Our customers ask for the Caravan year in and year out because of its payload and reliability, now they…

Tom Wheeler, 20800292

January 31, 2014

I’m very happy with the Blackhawk upgrade.  Horsepower will cost you money, but the significant improvement in performance is worth every penny.  I’m a PT6A guy and it just got better switching to the -42A.

Geoff Farrington, Vice President, Kapowsin Air Sports, 20800113 and 208B0116

November 30, 2013

I used to be able to take 2.5 loads an hour – now I can take 4. That’s a dramatic change for the better… On one flight we took 16 people to 16,000 feet in 13 minutes, an impressive achievement!

Frank Hinshaw, Founder and President, Skydive Hawaii, 20800028

June 20, 2013

We can go higher with no noticeable increase in fuel use, and we can carry 20 passengers instead of 18 with our increased useful load and fly 22 loads a day instead of 12 because of the climb rate.

Mark Ross, 208B0888

December 20, 2012

Your engine really has completely changed the Cessna Caravan.  It should have had this much power all along, as it completely changes what one is able to do with the aircraft.  Most of our strips here in East Africa are short, at high altitude, and have trees or mountains very nearby.

Hugh Kitchen, 208B1008

May 25, 2012

The Caravan is a great machine and the Blackhawk upgrade just makes it so much better.  We operate in a mountainous area of the country and the ability to quickly climb to altitude is important.  The higher cruise speed means more efficient delivery of loads and more trips in a day.  The commonality of engines…

Ron Limoges, 208B1008

July 22, 2011

At Alkan Air, we are always searching for a more safe and efficient way to serve our clients.  The Blackhawk Caravan engine upgrade is the next logical step in the evolution of the capable 208B Caravan.  Our customers ask for the Caravan year in and year out because of its payload and reliability, now they…

Blackhawk Vx Frequently Asked Questions

Pratt & Whitney Canada (PW&C) offers an engine credit for every hour remaining to the factory TBO. To qualify, the core engine must have enough cycles on the life-limited components to make TBO and all records supporting the component times and cycles must be present and submitted.

Waiting until TBO risks the possibility of a core engine problem, resulting in additional core charges from PW&C. Also, prices from P&WC increase every year, so waiting two or three years would mean a higher investment amount without any of the time-remaining credits.

Blackhawk News

ASAS Article 2017 | Novo Motor para um Consagrado Avião

June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Se comparado ao motor de 600shp, a solução da Blackhawk permite ao Caravan decolar com 152m a menos de pista, ou 91m a menos se comparado ao motor de 675shp de potência. Pode parecer pouco. Mas na Amazônia ou em regiões de difícil acesso, que são uma realidade na América do Sul, onde um metro…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Unveils Next Generation Vx Engine+ Upgrade for the Cessna Caravan

May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

WACO, TX – May 21, 2017 – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., worldwide leader in aftermarket PT6A engine upgrades for turboprop aircraft, is proud to announce the new Blackhawk Vx Engine+ Upgrade package for the Cessna Caravan. This package is comprised of lightweight components to maximize efficiency, thereby lowering maintenance and overhaul costs. The upgrade includes an…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Modifications Now Accepting Pre-Certification Orders for World’s Fastest King Air

May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

WACO, TX – May 21, 2017 – Blackhawk Modifications is accepting pre-certification orders for the world’s fastest King Air — a King Air 350 equipped with the company’s new XP67A Engine+ Upgrade. The company has completed all flight testing required for certification. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval is expected in June, with European Aviation Safety…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Modifications and True Blue Power Obtain FAA Approval for Engine/Battery Pairing

April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

WACO, TX – April 11th, 2017 – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. is proud to announce that the company has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) which approves the installation of the True Blue Power TB44 (46 amp-hour) lithium-ion battery on Blackhawk-powered Cessna Caravan 208/208B models. The TB44 offers the latest in lithium-ion chemistry, which gives Blackhawk…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Sees Increased Growth in Aircraft Revitalization Programs

March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

WACO, TX – March 15th, 2017 – Blackhawk Modifications, worldwide leader in performance and PT6A engine upgrades for turboprop aircraft, celebrates the close of their 17th year with 669 total engine upgrades. This number is comprised of 73% King Air series aircraft, 12% Caravan, 9% Conquest, and 6% Cheyenne aircraft. Blackhawk representatives cite multiple reasons…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Announces Updates for the King Air 350 XP67A Engine+ Upgrade

October 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

October 30, 2016 – Waco, TX – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. released progress updates for their new King Air 350 XP67A Engine+ Upgrade program in an announcement from company officials. The program charges forward after the submission of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight test plan, and FAA flight testing will begin once approval has been…

Read More

King Air Magazine – Veteran Pilot Spends Career in the King Air

October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bert Bollar has been flying Beechcraft King Airs since 1983 and has flown N88JH, a 1989 King Air B200 [with the Blackhawk XP61 Engine+ Upgrade], for the past 19 years. He calls the airplane a member of his family and considers its owners part of his family, too. “One of the primary reasons me and…

Read More

Press Release – Blackhawk Expands Authorized Dealer Network with Hampton Aviation

October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

October 18, 2016 – WACO, TX – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. and Hampton Aviation are pleased to announce that Hampton Aviation has joined Blackhawk’s global network of Authorized Dealers. Hampton Aviation is a King Air heavy structural repair, inspections, and modifications facility located in the hills of western Arkansas. Since 1965, Hampton Aviation has maintained a…

Read More

VOAR na Amazonia – ANAC Certifies XP140 Engine+ Upgrade

October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

A ANAC certificou o Upgrade XP-140 da Blackhawk Modifications Inc. para os Cessna Caravan 208 e 208B. Aeronaves Brasileiras já podem se juntar à frota de 21 Caravan 140Xp voando ao redor do mundo. A atualização principal promovida pelo upgrade consiste na instação de uma turbina Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 nova de fábrica. Com 867…

Read More

ASAS Article 2017 | Novo Motor para um Consagrado Avião

June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Se comparado ao motor de 600shp, a solução da Blackhawk permite ao Caravan decolar com 152m a menos de pista, ou 91m a menos se comparado ao motor de 675shp de potência. Pode parecer pouco. Mas na Amazônia ou em regiões de difícil acesso, que são uma realidade na América do Sul, onde um metro…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Unveils Next Generation Vx Engine+ Upgrade for the Cessna Caravan

May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

WACO, TX – May 21, 2017 – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., worldwide leader in aftermarket PT6A engine upgrades for turboprop aircraft, is proud to announce the new Blackhawk Vx Engine+ Upgrade package for the Cessna Caravan. This package is comprised of lightweight components to maximize efficiency, thereby lowering maintenance and overhaul costs. The upgrade includes an…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Modifications Now Accepting Pre-Certification Orders for World’s Fastest King Air

May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

WACO, TX – May 21, 2017 – Blackhawk Modifications is accepting pre-certification orders for the world’s fastest King Air — a King Air 350 equipped with the company’s new XP67A Engine+ Upgrade. The company has completed all flight testing required for certification. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval is expected in June, with European Aviation Safety…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Modifications and True Blue Power Obtain FAA Approval for Engine/Battery Pairing

April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

WACO, TX – April 11th, 2017 – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. is proud to announce that the company has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) which approves the installation of the True Blue Power TB44 (46 amp-hour) lithium-ion battery on Blackhawk-powered Cessna Caravan 208/208B models. The TB44 offers the latest in lithium-ion chemistry, which gives Blackhawk…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Sees Increased Growth in Aircraft Revitalization Programs

March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

WACO, TX – March 15th, 2017 – Blackhawk Modifications, worldwide leader in performance and PT6A engine upgrades for turboprop aircraft, celebrates the close of their 17th year with 669 total engine upgrades. This number is comprised of 73% King Air series aircraft, 12% Caravan, 9% Conquest, and 6% Cheyenne aircraft. Blackhawk representatives cite multiple reasons…

Read More

PRESS RELEASE | Blackhawk Announces Updates for the King Air 350 XP67A Engine+ Upgrade

October 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

October 30, 2016 – Waco, TX – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. released progress updates for their new King Air 350 XP67A Engine+ Upgrade program in an announcement from company officials. The program charges forward after the submission of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight test plan, and FAA flight testing will begin once approval has been…

Read More

King Air Magazine – Veteran Pilot Spends Career in the King Air

October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bert Bollar has been flying Beechcraft King Airs since 1983 and has flown N88JH, a 1989 King Air B200 [with the Blackhawk XP61 Engine+ Upgrade], for the past 19 years. He calls the airplane a member of his family and considers its owners part of his family, too. “One of the primary reasons me and…

Read More

Press Release – Blackhawk Expands Authorized Dealer Network with Hampton Aviation

October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

October 18, 2016 – WACO, TX – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. and Hampton Aviation are pleased to announce that Hampton Aviation has joined Blackhawk’s global network of Authorized Dealers. Hampton Aviation is a King Air heavy structural repair, inspections, and modifications facility located in the hills of western Arkansas. Since 1965, Hampton Aviation has maintained a…

Read More

VOAR na Amazonia – ANAC Certifies XP140 Engine+ Upgrade

October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

A ANAC certificou o Upgrade XP-140 da Blackhawk Modifications Inc. para os Cessna Caravan 208 e 208B. Aeronaves Brasileiras já podem se juntar à frota de 21 Caravan 140Xp voando ao redor do mundo. A atualização principal promovida pelo upgrade consiste na instação de uma turbina Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 nova de fábrica. Com 867…

Read More