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The Blackhawk Vx ENGINE+ UPGRADE

Cessna Caravan Series

Blackhawk XP42A Engine Plus Upgrade Caravan

The Blackhawk Vx ENGINE+ UPGRADE

Cessna Caravan Series

Transform Your Caravan into a True Power Player

Multiply your power and your revenue generation capability with the Blackhawk Vx Engine+ Upgrade.

Blackhawk makes it easy, with a quick, ultra-cost-effective installation that delivers value, performance, and enough power to impress any pilot.

Replace your tired 600/675 horsepower PT6A-114/114A engine with a factory-new PT6A-42A powerplant for like-new levels of performance and load carrying capabilities.

First it was a turboprop, now it's a Blackhawk.

See how the Blackhawk Vx New Engine Upgrade with the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A 850 shp engine for the Cessna Caravan has improved the operations at SkyDive San Marcos.

Blackhawk's SVP of Engineering, Bob Kromer, takes us through the continuous climb and cruise of a Blackhawk upgraded Cessna Caravan, touting the PT6A-42A 850 shp engine.

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

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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.

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