OSHKOSH, Wisc. – July 29, 2013 – Blackhawk Modifications, in partnership with Pratt & Whitney Canada, today announced the launch of a unique Progressive Maintenance Plan (PMP) designed to deliver additional benefits and cost savings for skydive operators using PT6A-42A engines on Blackhawk XP42A Cessna Caravan 208A conversions.
On hand to unveil the new program today at EAA AirVenture was Jim Allmon, Blackhawk President and CEO, alongside Denis Parisien, Vice President, General Aviation at P&WC.
“Skydive operators enrolled in this enhanced PMP will see their time between overhauls (TBO) extended to 5,000 hours,” said Parisien. “As a result of improved technology and our close working relationship with Blackhawk, we are able support these types of programs that hugely benefit our skydive customers,” added Parisien.
“By utilizing the Blackhawk XP42A upgrade with P&WC’s powerful PT6A-42A engine, operators will enjoy up to 26 percent higher power at 850 shp, improved performance and lower operating costs,” said Allmon. “The PT6A engine family is legendary for reliability and enhanced PMP, it makes it an even better choice for today’s skydive operators.”
For a typical skydiving mission, a Blackhawk XP42A upgraded Caravan features improved climb performance and the ability to descend at 4,000 feet per minute, enabling several more flights per day. The increased engine warranty coverage of 2,500 hours per five years provides operators additional benefits and reduced operating costs over a standard Caravan.
Pre-selected fleet leaders will have their engines sampled, and based on the engine conditions, operators that have enrolled in the PMP will have their TBO extended. The program features on-wing engine inspections at 3,600 hours that will support the TBO increase. The introduction of the new super finish first stage gear kit and Engine Trend Monitoring are key enablers of this program.
During EAA AirVenture (Booth 358/359), Blackhawk will have an XP42A upgraded Caravan 208A on display and team members will be on hand for inquiries and additional information.
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-engine turboprop engine 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 compliments Blackhawk’s U.S. facilities. For more information, see the company’s website: www.blackhawk.aero
It has completed the first XP42A upgrade of a Cessna Caravan 208A, delivering the higher-performing aircraft to Skydive Hawaii, and is displaying a 208A with that upgrade at EAA's Airventure 2013...
It has completed 18 XP42A upgrade packages and has signed contracts for four more upgrade orders for the popular Cessna 208B Caravan utility aircraft since the program’s introduction last year.
Blackhawk executives and technical experts will be available at EBACE 2012 to discuss the XP42A upgrade and the company’s comprehensive line of performance improvements.