Geoff Farrington, Owner, Skydive Kapowsin

“The Blackhawk engine upgrade is a revenue generator and a crowd pleaser.  With a single engine, it puts up more jumpers per hour than a Super Otter.  We can operate more efficiently and grow our business while sharing our passion with our customers.  Everybody wins. We are so impressed with the -42A that we upgraded all of our Caravans.”

True Blue Lithium-Ion Battery

True Blue Lithium-Ion Battery

Increased performance, lower costs

The True Blue TB44 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery uses the most sophisticated lithium-ion chemistry available, providing aviators with the unmatched advantage of faster starts, increased power, reduced weight, extended useful life, and lower direct operating costs.

Coming Soon for King Air 200

Upgrades Available For

  • Caravan
  • Grand Caravan
  • King Air 350/350ER

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UPGRADE BENEFITS


  • Higher voltage during engine start leading to less wear, less maintenance, and increased useful life
  • Faster engine starts – 7 starts in 7 minutes – and only 15 minutes for a complete recharge when the battery is fully discharged on a typical aircraft.
  • Superior high and low temperature performance (-40°C/-40°F to +70°C/158°F)
  • Delivers 3x the energy per kilogram when compared to lead-acid and nickel-cadmium cells
  • Protection against overcharge, over-discharge, over-current, short circuit, over-temperature, and under-temperature
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • 8-year average useful life
  • Increased useful load between 29 and 32 lbs.

TECHNOLOGY


  • Capacity: 46 amp-hour battery nominal at 23°C (73.4°F)
  • Weight: 51.7 lbs. (up to 38% lighter than lead-acid and NiCad alternatives)
  • Advanced NanoPhosphate® lithium-ion cell chemistry from A123 Systems, LLC – offering 3 times the energy per kilogram, resulting in a battery that is 40% lighter than lead-acid or nickel-cadmium alternatives
  • Built-in automatic internal heater
  • Communication: ARINC 429 data to the cockpit
  • Maintenance: 2-year maintenance interval; offers 50-90% savings on maintenance costs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

BOOST YOUR AIRCRAFT’S PERFORMANCE

Contact us today to learn how the True Blue Lithium-Ion Battery saves money while boosting aircraft performance, reliability, and income earning potential.

Blackhawk 325-Amp Starter Generator

Blackhawk 325-Amp Starter Generator

Faster, cooler engine starts

The Blackhawk 325-Amp Starter Generator delivers faster and cooler engine start performance for Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan and 325 amps of continuous power for the aircraft and specific payloads. A replacement for the factory 200-amp starter, this technology makes no change to aircraft operating limitations, from ground to service ceiling.

Upgrades Available For

  • Caravan
  • Grand Caravan
  • King Air 350/350ER

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UPGRADE BENEFITS


  • Starts the engine in significantly less time
  • Drastically lowers starting temperature
  • Lowers average peak start temperature, preserving the hot section
  • 1,500-hour “No Touch” TBO

TECHNOLOGY


  • 28-volt, 325-amps – both a starter and a generator
  • Engine-driven and air cooled with an integral fan and ram air
  • Speed sensing switch provides over-speed protection and automatic shutoff
  • Mounted atop the accessory case

BOOST YOUR AIRCRAFT’S PERFORMANCE

Contact us today to learn how Blackhawk 325-AMP Starter Generator adds to your overall aircraft performance potential.

Blackhawk Hawkeye Smart Gauges

Blackhawk Hawkeye SMart Gauges

Clear Digital Data

Blackhawk’s Hawkeye digital smart gauges bring modern advancements to legacy aircraft. For strong human factors support, the gauges emulate analog readouts with digital accuracy, clearly displaying accurate information without expensive panel modifications.

Upgrades Available For

  • Caravan
  • Cheyenne I, II, IIXL
  • Conquest I
  • Grand Caravan
  • King Air 200
  • King Air 90

UPGRADE BENEFITS


  • Intelligent, information-rich engine monitoring system
  • Increased accuracy over analog
  • Visual display of exceedances
  • Digital display that emulates familiar two-inch analog gauges for human factors
  • Gauges fit in analog positions; no panel modifications required

TECHNOLOGY


  • Microprocessor signal processing and digital display technology
  • Superior lighting with LED backlight
  • Sensor to automatically adjust to lighting conditions – no post lighting
  • Anti-glare, airtight, no-fog glass

ACCURATE ENGINE INFORMATION

Contact us today to learn how Blackhawk Hawkeye digital smart gauges help support your engine upgrade.

MT-Propellers

MT-Propellers

4- and 5-blade composite props

MT-Propeller’s fast, lightweight composite propellers reduce weight, vibration, and drag while increasing lift, thrust, and lifetime operation. These 4- and 5-blade propellers maximize the benefits of a Blackhawk engine upgrade. 

Upgrades Available For

  • Caravan
  • Cheyenne I, II, IIXL
  • Conquest I
  • Grand Caravan
  • King Air 200
  • King Air 300
  • King Air 350/350ER
  • King Air 90

UPGRADE BENEFITS


  • Reduced Weight – Lighter than aluminum, natural composite propellers reduce weight on the engine crankshaft and overall aircraft weight.
  • Reduced Vibration – Unlike aluminum, composites do not experience harmonic vibration. Gyros, motor mounts, radios, heat muffs, cowlings, and more enjoy longer life with reduced vibration. 
  • Greater Strength – Composites are stronger than aluminum. 
  • Unlimited Blade Life – Composite propellers are brought back to exact factory-new dimensions during overhaul, avoiding replacement.
  • Steel Hub Inserts – Steel bearing inserts eliminate the requirement to replace the full hub when tolerances are exceeded. 
  • Quieter – Shorter blades and increased blade count results in a smaller diameter and lower, quieter tip speeds. 
  • More Lift/Thrust – Lower tip speeds maintain smooth airflow, resulting in more lift/thrust. 
  • Less Drag – A smaller prop arc disc creates less drag than larger diameter prop arc discs. 
  • More Ground Clearance – Smaller diameter propeller blades reduce chances for prop damage from ground objects and debris. 
  • Added Resale Value – Upgrade benefits are passed along, increasing resale value. 
  • Easy Installation – The blades bolt on easily and use the existing prop governor. 
  • Full Warranty – 1 year or 1,000 hours (whichever occurs first) for any manufacturing defects. 

TECHNOLOGY


  • Natural composite blades and hubs with stainless steel leading-edge guards 
  • Unlimited blade life through the ability to restore composites to factory specifications during overhaul 
  • Steel hub bearing inserts 
  • Increased blade count and shorter diameter 
  • Utilize existing prop governors 
  • Available in white, black, or grey 

Upgrade Includes 


  • One 4- or 5-blade reversing and full feathering constant speed propeller for each engine
  • One full composite spinner (AFRP) for each engine
  • Airplane flight manual supplement
  • Installation instructions
  • Instruction for continued airworthiness
  • Operation and installation manual

BOOST YOUR AIRCRAFT’S PERFORMANCE

Contact us today to learn how an MT-Propeller upgrade can boost your performance, comfort, and bottom line.

Eli Nelles, Director of Maintenance

“The airplane is performing great…….and the pilots are enjoying the performance of the aircraft, adds a great deal of safety margin when traversing the Brooks Range.”

Peter Fox, Owner & CEO, Safari Airlink

“We have upgraded four out of five caravans and the kit has just arrived for the fifth. The obvious benefits are performance as well as the saving of airframe and engine hours. Slightly less obvious is the saving of crew flight and duty time. Blackhawk has good reputation for reliable products and good backup. We are very happy with the upgrades.”

Cooper Gordon, Manager of Air Operations

“This mod is amazing!! The new -140 is pretty incredible. I wanted to thank you for working with us on this project and I really appreciate Blackhawk and their professionalism.  We just got back from a test flight and took the plane to 22,000 feet in 23 minutes.”

Andy Hediger, Aeroatelier XP140

“We are very exited as last Saturday we flew 22 loads! We could have flown 4 more loads but had to stop activities because of thunderstorms. Our prior record was set at a maximum of 16 loads per day. We can already feel much more power, less consumption, and shorter climb times. Only descent times are longer as the prop is bigger. We are very happy with the result, especially the skydivers. They really could feel the difference so we hope with these results we will be more attractive in the future, which will makes us grow as the main drop zone in Argentina!”

 

Hugh Kitchen, 208B

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.