Blackhawk Aerospace Begins Pilatus PC-12 FAA Certification Flight Testing for New Engine Upgrade Program
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – April 27, 2022 – Blackhawk Aerospace proudly announced today that the Company has started Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification flight testing for their new Pilatus PC-12 XP67P Engine+ Upgrade program. Blackhawk’s upgrade replaces the stock Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-67B engine with a higher-powered and more efficient PT6A-67P model. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval is expected early in 2023 with EASA certification shortly thereafter.
The XP67P engine technology utilizes improved metallurgy which allows a higher Internal Turbine Temperature (ITT) limitation of 850°C compared to the stock -67B’s 800°C limitation for takeoff. More impressively, maximum continuous ITT for climb and cruise is 760°C for the -67B and 820°C for the XP67P. Further, the PT6A-67P is a 1200 shaft horsepower (SHP) engine that produces 142 more thermodynamic horsepower than the stock -67B. The combination of the higher ITT and increased thermodynamic horsepower produced by the XP67P engine enables operators to utilize full torque to more efficient cruising altitudes. On an ISA day, the stock -67B starts losing power at 15,000 feet, whereas the XP67P can maintain full power to FL250.
“Blackhawk is excited to kick off certification testing for the XP67P program and bring the conversion one step closer to reality for PC-12 operators,” said Jim Allmon, Blackhawk’s President and CEO. “This is a new market for us that fits naturally into our existing roster of aircraft, and we look forward to delivering this upgrade to Pilatus operators soon.”
The PC-12 is a very popular aircraft with over 1,700 in operation, making it the second largest single-engine turboprop market behind the Cessna Caravan. With more than 600 of the PC-12s eligible for the XP67P upgrade, many of the aircraft in the addressable market are at, or close to, an overhaul event. This is the optimum opportunity to upgrade to a new engine, bringing these early model aircraft up to PC-12 NG factory standards. Further, operators will receive favorable core engine credit of $95 per hour for time remaining to the factory TBO, if upgrading before overhaul.
Blackhawk’s STC will include a factory-new P&WC PT6A-67P engine and will be approved with the existing Hartzell four-blade aluminum propeller to minimize the retail cost. Blackhawk plans to certify additional propeller options in the future to provide operators modularity in the upgrade package. Contact Blackhawk for pricing details and to take advantage of the pre-certification discount.
For more information about the XP67P Engine+ Upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12, visit Blackhawk this week during AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany at booth #A3-108. You can also learn more at blackhawk.aero/pilatus-pc-12-xp67p/ or by calling +1 (254) 755 6711.
Lee Pickard – LJ-1475
“I have only flown it twice so far and I already love everything about the performance. So glad I did not go back with standard engines. Your package is a great value!!! Thanks so much.”
Jim Allmon is Appointed to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee
WACO, Texas – March 24, 2022 – Blackhawk Aerospace President and CEO, Jim Allmon, has just been commissioned as a member of the State of Texas Governor’s Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee is to assist Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in discerning a plan to attract and retain aviation businesses in the state. Blackhawk is proud to be based in Texas, which has one of the nation’s largest pools of aerospace industry workers with roughly 140,000 people and an extensive network of higher education institutions, producing nearly 10,000 aviation related degrees each year. In fact, 18 of the 20 largest aerospace manufacturers in the world have major operations in Texas. Growing aerospace supply chains have allowed Texas to rank #4 in the U.S. for total product and part exports. As the state continues to attract relocating and expanding companies, it becomes increasingly important to invest in the aerospace industry.
Allmon was nominated for this council by the Waco Chamber of Commerce and will serve as a council member for 5 years. He will meet with other members of the committee, as well as Gov. Abbott, in Austin, TX to discuss various state incentives and programs and how they will benefit the aerospace industry in Texas. This will in turn attract more business to Texas and therefore will create more jobs for the workforce.
“My ultimate goal while I am a part of this committee would be to remove aircraft sales tax on parts which will in turn attract more jobs,” said Allmon. “At Blackhawk Aerospace, our engine upgrades are a high value item. Removing state sales tax would benefit Blackhawk and the large network of maintenance facilities in the state. “ For more information about this committee and its aviation goals, visit https://gov.texas.gov/business
Pilatus PC-12— XP67P
XP67P ENGINE+ UPGRADE
Pilatus PC-12 Models
Your Pilatus, Even Better
The XP67P Engine+ Upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12, PC-12/45, and PC-12/47 boosts your aircraft’s capabilities with a serious bump in horsepower. The upgrade features a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P engine producing 1,200 SHP up to 23,000 feet and providing 142 more thermodynamic horsepower than the stock PT6A-67B engine.
Increased takeoff performance from high and hot conditions
Decreased time and fuel to climb
Increased resale value
Reduced operating costs
One Factory-New Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-67P Engine (Exchange)
P&WC Enhanced New Engine Warranty 2,500 Hours/5 Years with Prorated Coverage to the 3,500-Hour TBO
Garmin Digital Engine Information System (EIS)
Installation Kit and Drawings
Globally-certified STC paperwork and Instructions for Continued Airworthiness
Flight Manual Supplement
P&WC Engine Logbook and Blackhawk Logbook Case
Blackhawk Cycle Book and Aircraft Decals
P&WC PT6 Line Maintenance Entitlement Training
Two-Year Subscription for P&WC Engine Maintenance/Parts Manuals
Blackhawk Lifetime Customer Support Guarantee
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my shop do the installation or does Blackhawk have to do the installation?
does not perform installations. Although the installation is
basically an engine change and can be done by any Pratt & Whitney
Canada certified facility, we have found that you will save time and
money if the upgrade is performed by any of our approved installation
facilities worldwide. These facilities have the experience to
complete the upgrade faster and with the higher exacting quality you
What is the lead time on engine(s)?
orders all engines a year in advance. We can usually deliver within
30-60 days or sooner. Call for timing on the next set of available
Do you offer financing?
work with several banks that offer very competitive rates.
How does the Blackhawk XP Engine+ Upgrade affect resale value?
To date, nearly every Blackhawk powered aircraft that has been resold within 500 hours of the upgrade has sold close to or higher than the combined investment of the airframe and engine(s). Resale value of Blackhawk powered aircraft remains strong in all markets. Many dealers are even speculating on Blackhawk powered aircraft.
How is Blackhawk different from other upgrades or overhaul?
to worldwide product support and product branding, Blackhawk XP
Engine+ Upgrades offer the following benefits:
in Jetnet, AMSTAT, Aircraft Bluebook, and Vref
market acceptance with the largest installed fleet of upgraded
corporate size turboprop aircraft in the world
customer support department with on-staff technical support
technician, customer service representative, and worldwide
distribution and service center network
Blackhawk Owner’s Group
strongest resale value of any engine upgrade on the market
by the FAA (United States), EASA (Europe), DGAC (Brazil)
Can I put my airplane on charter?
fact, many charter companies prefer operating aircraft upgraded with
a Blackhawk XP Engine+ Upgrade because they are able to operate out
of shorter, higher, and hotter runways.
My engine(s) still have time left to TBO, so should I wait until engines are due for an overhaul?
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 without any of the time-remaining credit.
How does an upgrade compare to buying a newer aircraft?
offers transformative performance without the risks of buying new:
Will you be able to sell your aircraft for the value you expect? Will
there be unexpected costs to acquire your new aircraft? Will there be
unexpected issues not uncovered by the pre-buy? Upgrading with
Blackhawk eliminates uncertainty and the transactional costs of
buying another aircraft while transforming the performance and
utility of the aircraft you know best.
If I upgrade, does it make sense to wait until my next overhaul?
Why wait to
start enjoying the many benefits of an upgrade? Save money on every
mission you fly, increase the capability of your aircraft, and take
advantage of generous core credits for time remaining. Over half of
Blackhawk’s customers upgrade with more than 500 hours remaining.
But won’t I burn more fuel?
Yes, the fuel burn is greater at equal altitude. However, taking advantage of the increased climb performance and higher cruise speeds significantly narrows or eliminates the increase in fuel consumption. Also, utilizing the increased climb and cruise performance will reduce block times and deliver a significant reduction in overall operating costs. Typically, any increase in fuel cost will be offset by a larger reduction in direct operating costs. We’ve done the math, it pays to fly faster!
Won’t an upgrade cost more than an overhaul?
spend more on an upgrade than an overhaul, but you’ll have so much
more to show for it: increased earning ability, better resale value,
enhanced safety, reduced operating costs and a better flying
Schedule a free call with one of Blackhawk’ performance upgrade experts to learn how increased power and performance can boost your Pilatus’ bottom line.
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Blackhawk Aerospace Announces Agreement to Acquire Controlling Ownership of Helicopter Carbon Fiber Tank Manufacturer, Recoil Aerospace
DALLAS, TEXAS – March 8, 2022 – Blackhawk Aerospace announced today it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire controlling ownership of Recoil Aerospace, LLC, an innovative designer and manufacturer of lightweight, carbon fiber composite wildland fire suppression tanks, aircraft aerostructures, and ballistically tolerant auxiliary fuel tanks for helicopters. This agreement allows Blackhawk to diversify into a growing marketplace while lending its vast manufacturing experience and capabilities to expand the market for Recoil’s products.
“This is an exciting time for Recoil as we partner with Blackhawk to amplify our lightweight, cost-effective products around the world,” Joseph Rice, Managing Director of Recoil Aerospace. “We are looking forward to not only growing our market base, but also bringing a number of exciting in-development products to certification. Together, we will set the new standard in wildfire suppression, focused on safety and improving mission capabilities.”
Blackhawk, an industry leader in developing, certifying, and manufacturing performance product enhancements for aircraft, will grow and expand Recoil’s safe, cost-effective solutions in the aerospace marketplace. Blackhawk brings decades of extensive experience in production design and certification, its government and defense division’s government program expertise, and its composite division’s capabilities to expand Recoil’s product line in the rotorcraft marketplace.
“This exciting partnership will increase Blackhawk’s diversification into a growing global market,” says Matt Shieman, Chairman of Blackhawk Aerospace. “The fire suppression market is growing with global demand increasing for new technology to replace aging products and solutions, which are 15 to 20 years old. Recoil is an innovative company with fresh, unique capabilities and solutions. Our two companies will combine efforts to accelerate delivery of new technology into this high growing global market that needs new, diverse solutions immediately.”
Established in 2008, Recoil has evolved into a global leader in lightweight carbon fiber composite solutions. The Recoil Aerospace family of companies’ experience, expertise, and skill in developing strong, lightweight helicopter Tsunami Wildfire Suppression Tanks, Zeus Ballistically Tolerant Auxiliary Fuel Tanks, and Aero-Structure modifications allows their customers to increase mission performance in austere, hostile environments, providing a distinct global advantage. Visit Recoil in Booth 10757 at the HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas Texas to learn more or visit recoil-usa.com.
The agreement is expected to close Q3 2022.
Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies, Inc.
Can I get support for my aircraft outside of the US?
Blackhawk Aerospace has dealer-installers around the world for support, plus all of engines can be serviced by the OEM, Pratt and Whitney Canada, at one of their service centers located nearest you.
BLACKHAWK KING AIR 200 OPERATOR EXPERIENCE
Lars Sego Flies Blackhawk XP52 Engine+ Upgrade
Rob Van Hofwegen
Deciding to do the XP67A Blackhawk conversion on our King Air 300 was the best decision we have made. It meets every expectation that was presented to us and has performed in a way that gives us better safety margin while saving us money year after year. When I go to recurrent and share my stories, everyones eyes get big when I describe my rocket ship of a King Air to them. I would highly recommend that anyone considering the Blackhawk conversion—do it. You will not regret it!!