The Blackhawk XP61 Engine+ Upgrade

Beechcraft King Air 200 Series

Blackhawk XP61 Engine Plus Upgrade King Air

The Blackhawk XP61 Engine+ Upgrade

Beechcraft King Air 200 Series

XP61 Advantages

  • Increased True Airspeed and Rate Of Climb
  • Increased Single Engine Service Ceiling
  • Decreased Time and Fuel to Climb
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Increased Resale Value

Blackhawk News

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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What's Included with the XP61

XP61 Engine+ Upgrade Testimonials

Even though it’s an ‘89 model, I’ll put it up against a brand new King Air 250 model as far as speed, performance and carrying capability because of the excellent shape we’ve been able to keep it in.

Bert Bollar, XP61 King Air B200, BB-1331

Airplane is running great. At FL250 one day I actually saw 311 on the true airspeed indicator, and it was still climbing slowly. I had to power back as I was right on the barber pole.

Jack Silva, XP61 King Air B200, BB-1202

The upgrade is incredible! We saved over an hour round trip from South Dakota to DC. We zipped right up to FL330 with ice vanes deployed for most of the climb. These new engines will really carry the mail. There is no way we could have done that with the -42’s. These new engines are amazing.

Ronald Hauck, XP61 King Air B200, BB-1307

We are very proud to be the first commercial operator in Europe with this fabulous new airplane. The King Air has always been a great aircraft; the Blackhawk is now the perfect European executive transport.

Malcolm Humphries, Capital Trading Ltd, XP61 King Air B200, BB-625

I have accumulated thousands of hours in various King Air models and this airplane with the -61’s performs just like a King Air 300.

Brad Huddle, XP61 King Air 200, BB-651

The performance improvement in climb and cruise is dramatic. We conduct the whole enroute cruise phase of our flights 10 knots below the barber pole, TAS 310. We are very pleased with the -61’s!

Mark Byrne, XP61 King Air B200, BB-1202

Our Blackhawk PT6A-61s have been a fantastic investment! The plane jumps off the runway, climbs straight up & settles in ~300 knots in normal cruise. We save time on each flight with power to spare. The -61s are a perfect fit for the King Air B200.

John Rudolph, XP61 King Air B200, BB-1071

Who wouldn't want brand new, higher performing engines?

John Boike, XP61 King Air 200, BB-115

Controllers gave me a compliment on my climb out of BTR. I was out of 7000 feet when I reversed course crossing back abeam the airport after only a short climb out on runway heading. Houston Center asked what kind of King Air 200 could climb like that. I have received similar questions recently from Washington Center climbing out of EWN and SLC center climbing out RKS. I am sure you hear this kind of stuff all the time. It's definitely a climbing machine. No big deal handling the sea level stuff but high altitude airports hot or cold its night and day from the 41's

Hoss Maddry, XP61 King Air 200, BB-739

I must say that the engine upgrade makes the King Air a real pleasure to fly and operate. 305 -310 KTAS is easily achievable and the only red line approached is the barber's pole!

Andy Gent, XP61 King Air 200, BB-568

XP61 Frequently Asked Questions

Pratt & Whitney Canada (PW&C) offers an engine credit for every hour remaining to the factory TBO (up to 1,800 hours). 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.