July 26, 2018
PRESS RELEASE | FAA Approves FAST™ Engine Monitoring Solution for Blackhawk XP Engine+ Upgrades
Pictured above: Pratt & Whitney Canada’s FAST™ Solution, a Flight Data Acquisition, Storage, and Transmission System for Blackhawk-Powered King Air and Caravan Aircraft
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OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – July 23, 2018 – Blackhawk Modifications is pleased to announce Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) completion of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) allowing the installation and operation of their Flight Data Acquisition, Storage and Transmission System (FAST™) on Blackhawk-equipped King Air 200/300 series aircraft and Caravan 208/208B aircraft. In addition to the FAA signoff, the FAST™ solution has also gained EASA and TCCA approval for Blackhawk integration.
The FAST™ system is a digital diagnostics and prognostics tool which captures, analyzes, and wirelessly transmits full-flight data intelligence to operators or maintenance technicians within 15 minutes of engine shut down. This FAST™ technology will provide owners and operators with greater situational awareness regarding their engine performance which will help maximize aircraft availability, optimize maintenance planning, reduce operating costs, and avoid delays and cancellations.
“We are happy to continue working with our partners, like Pratt & Whitney, to develop solutions that meet customer needs and further improve the value of our Engine+ Upgrades,” said Jim Allmon, President and CEO at Blackhawk. “We believe that the FAST™ Solution will greatly improve situational awareness and safety for our customers, which is always a top priority at Blackhawk.”
Blackhawk will provide the FAST™ Solution through their Authorized Dealer Network, which currently spans about 85 facilities worldwide. Contact Blackhawk today for pricing and availability.
For more information about the XP67A Engine+ Upgrade, visit Blackhawk during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh at booth #307 in the Main Aircraft Display. Blackhawk will also host a Press Conference on Tuesday, July 24th, at 2:30 PM CDT, in which SVP of Engineering, Bob Kromer, will present the latest programs.
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About Blackhawk Modifications
Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., founded in 1999 in Waco, Texas, is a recognized aviation leader in providing engine performance solutions to the turboprop fleet. The company has the largest installed fleet of STC twin and single-engine turboprop upgrades, making Blackhawk the largest non-OEM buyer of new Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines in the world. A worldwide network of approved dealers and service support centers complements Blackhawk’s U.S. facilities. For more information, visit www.blackhawk.aero.
Blackhawk Modifications, Inc.
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