XP67A ENGINE+ UPGRADE
KING AIR 300 SERIES
King Air 300 First Launch Take Off Performance
Blackhawk’s King Air 300 XP67A Engine+ upgrade’s first launch demonstrates a powerful 4,000-foot climb rate and more.
The real power of an XP67A Engine+ Upgrade is in its ability to generate jet-like speeds at King Air costs and utility.
INVESTMENT & VALUE
All this performance and value starts with an initial investment, minus the cost of your next overhaul. Other financial factors to consider include:
- Lower operating costs
- Pratt & Whitney core engine credits up to $70 per hour per engine for every hour remaining to the factory TBO
- Strongest resale value of any engine upgrade on the market
- Nearly every Blackhawk-powered aircraft sold within 500 hours of the upgrade recovered close to more than the combined investment of the airframe and engines
- 3,600-hour TBO with escalation available for fleet operators
- Save time on each mission giving you more time to be productive
- 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
- Faster cruise speed
- Access to more airports
- Two Factory-New Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-67A Engines (Exchange)
- P&WC enhanced new engine warranty 2,500 hours/5 years with prorated coverage to the 3,600-hour TBO
- Two Factory-New 5-Blade Composite Hartzell Propellers with Spinners (Exchange)
- Installation kit and drawings
- 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
- Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Training from FlightSafety International
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Blackhawk different from other upgrades or overhaul?
In addition to worldwide product support and product branding, Blackhawk XP Engine+ Upgrades offer the following benefits:
- Listings in Jetnet, AMSTAT, Aircraft Bluebook, and Vref
- Worldwide market acceptance with the largest installed fleet of upgraded corporate size turboprop aircraft in the world
- Full customer support department with on-staff technical support technician, customer service representative, and worldwide distribution and service center network
- The Blackhawk Owner’s Group
- The strongest resale value of any engine upgrade on the market
- Approval by the FAA (United States), EASA (Europe), DGAC (Brazil)
Can my shop do the installation or does Blackhawk have to do the installation?
Blackhawk 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 demand.
What is the lead time on engine(s)?
Blackhawk 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 engines.
Do you offer financing?
Yes. We 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.
Can I put my airplane on charter?
Yes. In 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.
Can I keep my core engine?
Since the upgrade price already reflects the value of the cores, you can keep your core engine if you are willing to pay Pratt & Whitney Canada for the core. Prices will depend on core engine times.
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?
Blackhawk 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?
Yes, you’ll 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 experience.
From real XP67A owners and operators
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!!
Rob Van Hofwegen
Heck yeah the XP67A Upgrade is great! I have put about 240 hours on the engines so far. Just took a trip, Dayton to Naples FL310 – FL320 330 KTAS. Doing everything you said it would.
I’ve done a bit of contract work in an older CE-550. Having now seen both those, and our 350 in action it puts things into perspective. Leg times are nearly identical, the jet burns 33% more fuel and is significantly more uncomfortable in every way. I’m sure you know all this, but it was really interesting for me to see both aircraft side by side. Makes me really appreciate what we have.
The other big thing was time to climb. We can get to 34k in about 15-17 minutes. 28 minutes in the Citation.
It gets better with each flight because we keep discovering new features. The boss loves the noticeably quieter cabin from the 5 blade props. In the climb, we can peg the VSI all the way to altitude if we want with power left over. Or, we can climb at a comfortable 2000 FPM and keep our KIAS up. More power takes the worry out on top of the climb. We are no longer sitting on a pinhead at FL270. The faster cruise speeds balance out the additional fuel used.
The upgrade is remarkable.
These engines make it a whole new airplane—it’s more like a rocket ship. Fully loaded, we level off at FL310 in under 14 minutes, and our normal cruise speeds are consistently 30-40 knots faster. But the most impressive thing to me is the climb. I deploy the vanes to climb above weather and don’t fall below 1,000 feet per minute all the way up. We save 40 minutes on one of our regular flights from Las Vegas to our hometown of Colombia, Mississippi. The boss loves it, and fuel consumption is just about the same as it was pre-upgrade.
Schedule a free call with one of Blackhawk’s performance upgrade experts to learn how you can experience the best of both worlds: jet-like performance with increased payload and range, all for far less than the cost to operate a jet.