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BLACKHAWK MODIFICATIONS COMPLETES CERTIFICATION TESTING ON KING AIR 350 XP67A ENGINE+ UPGRADE
Monday, July 24, 2017
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Blackhawk’s Test 350 and 350ER Aircraft at Waco, Texas HQ

Source: Blackhawk Modifications


Blackhawk’s Test 350 and 350ER Aircraft at Waco, Texas HQ

Source: Blackhawk Modifications


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Blackhawk Modifications is celebrating completion of certification flight testing for its newest Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) project - the XP67A Engine+ Upgrade for the King Air 350 - by offering a $100,000 show special discount on XP67A orders placed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The company will exhibit an upgraded King Air 350 in its booth (#307 in the Main Aircraft Display) during the event, July 24-30.

Certification flight testing was completed at 15,000 pounds maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval is imminent. Foreign certification efforts will begin immediately following FAA certification.

Calling the upgrade "the most exciting in Blackhawk history," company President and CEO, Jim Allmon, said the upgrade "transforms the 350 into the fastest King Air on the planet."

At FL280, ISA+ 20°C day, max cruise, 13,000 pounds, the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade delivers 332 ktas versus 292 ktas for a stock King Air 350 - a cruise speed increase of 40 ktas. Under the same conditions, the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade climbs from sea level to FL350 in just 18 minutes, versus 45 minutes for the stock King Air 350.

Allmon also announced that the company is equipping a King Air 350ER with the XP67A Engine+ Upgrade, and is planning for certification at 16,500 MTOW this year. The final phase of the project will be to equip and certify a King Air 300 with the XP67A Engine+ Upgrade, starting early next year.

The XP67A Engine+ Upgrade includes two factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-67A engines and new 5-blade composite propeller assemblies and spinners from MT Propeller. Training, support, and a five year or 2,500 hour new-engine warranty are also included from P&WC.

"With the XP67A, King Air 350 owners and operators have the opportunity to enjoy jet-like speeds, twice the payload, lower operating costs, and access to more airports than comparable jets," Allmon said. "It’s a better-than-new aircraft in a class by itself. That’s why we say, ‘first it was a turboprop, but now it’s a Blackhawk.’"

Source:  Blackhawk Modifications
Associated URL: blackhawk.aero
Source Date: July 24, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
ROLLS-ROYCE RECOGNIZES VECTOR AEROSPACE FOR C-130J QEC NACELLE SUPPORT
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Source: U.S. Air Force


Source: U.S. Air Force


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FARNBOROUGH, UK - Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has been presented with two awards from Rolls-Royce for its support of the AE 2100 turboprop’s quick engine change (QEC) nacelle.

The awards, which were presented to Vector during this year’s Rolls-Royce AE Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) Conference in Indianapolis, IN, included an Operational Performance Award for ‘Lowest nacelle turn-around time in the network’ and a Quality Excellence Award for ‘No quality escapes in the last year.’

Vector provides support for the QEC nacelles equipping Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft under subcontract to Rolls-Royce, in support of MissionCare® contracts for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps. The work, which is undertaken at Vector’s Pyestock facility in Farnborough, Hants, involves the removal of AE 2100D3 engines from the nacelle, which is then repaired, refurbished and painted, as required.

Vector’s subcontract performance is continuously measured in terms of delivery, quality and customer performance. Vector has repeatedly attained an ‘Excellent’ scorecard status rating since 2010, with the Pyestock team achieving 100% on time delivery (OTD).

Vector has an established track record of C-130 QEC nacelle support, being an authorized Lockheed Martin QEC Service Center for the nacelle on the legacy C-130B-H Hercules aircraft. In addition, Vector supports the Rolls-Royce T56 turboprop as an Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC), and also provides full support for the UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) 54H60 propeller system.

Source:  Vector Aerospace
Associated URL: www.vectoraerospace.com
Source Date: July 25, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
EVOLUTION AIRCRAFT LATEST OEM TO SELECT P&WC'S PT6A-140A ENGINE
Monday, July 24, 2017
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Source: Evolution Aircraft


Source: Evolution Aircraft


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OSHKOSH, Wis. - Oregon-based Evolution Aircraft has selected the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-140A engine, the latest in the PT6A family, to power the new EVOT-850 four-seat kit aircraft. Additionally, the PT6A-21 will power the EVOT-550. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

More than 450 PT6A-140 series engines have been produced to date and have flown 400,000 hours with zero-reported in-flight reliability issues, while delivering improved performance and operating economics, such as 15 percent more power and five percent better fuel consumption than comparable engines.

With the addition of the PT6A-140A and the PT6A-21 to its engine line up, Evolution Aircraft now offers three turbine powerplant options for its aircraft: the PT6A-21 for the EVOT-550, the original PT6A-135A for the EVOT-750 and the PT6A-140A for the EVOT-850. All three engines fit the same envelope so there are no significant airframe alterations required regardless of the engine selected.

The -140 series, like all other PT6A engines, is easy to access and maintain, thanks to its modular design and externally mounted fuel nozzles. Simple routine engine inspections can be done while still on-wing, in the field or in the hangar.

Source:  Pratt & Whitney Canada
Associated URL: www.pwc.ca
Source Date: July 24, 2017
Posted: 07/25/2017

 

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