Blackhawk News

October 11, 2021

Blackhawk Announces 1,000th Customer for XP Engine+ Upgrades

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – October 11, 2021 – Blackhawk Aerospace announced today that the company has reached a total of 1,000 XP Engine+ Upgrades sold since their start in 1999. 

The milestone customer for this achievement is Tim Brown, owner of FL-499, which he recently upgraded with Blackhawk’s XP67A Engine+ Upgrade for the King Air 350. 

“I commute back and forth from South Carolina to Alaska for business about five times a year, which takes about 15 hours of flying time and an overnight stop in our stock-equipped Pilatus,” said Brown. “We considered replacing the Pilatus with a jet, but didn’t want the added expense and additional pilot requirement that comes along with it. I can fly the 350 myself, and the Blackhawk conversion enables me to reach altitude faster and reduce fuel burn.” 

In addition to the Blackhawk XP67A, Brown has also upgraded his aircraft with Centex Tanks, Garmin G1000 NXi, heavy weight landing gear, and new paint/interior. “I ended up with essentially a new aircraft for almost half of what it would cost to buy new,” said Brown. 

But his Blackhawk-upgraded King Air 350 isn’t Brown’s first experience with the Company’s engine conversions. He also owns an XP140-upgraded Cessna Caravan. “I can say without question that the only 

reason I own a Caravan is because of the Blackhawk conversion,” said Brown. “I wasn’t going to buy one without the upgrade. We operate on floats out of Alaska, and we were being outperformed by the Kodiak, but once we bought the Blackhawk-upgraded Caravan, it became the monster of the two.” 

He continued, “I’m very happy with the upgrades on both aircraft. The 350 will be a game changer for the cross-country commute as well as transport between meetings all over the states.” 

“Reaching the 1,000th Engine+ Upgrade customer is something we never could have dreamed back at our start in 1999,” said Jim Allmon, Blackhawk’s President and CEO. “I continue to be blown away by our incredible team, our loyal customers, and our dedicated industry partners, all of whom Blackhawk could not exist without. One thousand upgraded aircraft is a monumental accomplishment, but still only the beginning. We welcome Mr. Brown into the Blackhawk family with open arms, and wish him blue skies and tailwinds in his endeavors.” 

To learn more about the XP Engine+ Upgrades, and the limited-time discount on their XP67A products for King Air 300s and 350s, join Blackhawk in booth #2445 at NBAA in Las Vegas, NV this week.