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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

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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

 
 
RAISBECK ENGINEERING UNVEILS NEW COMPOSITE 5-BLADE SWEPT PROPELLER
Monday, July 24, 2017
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Source: Raisbeck Engineering


Source: Raisbeck Engineering


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OSHKOSH, Wis. - Raisbeck Engineering has launched its new Composite 5-blade Swept Propeller for the King Air 350 in collaboration with Hartzell Propeller. Using Swept Blade technology as an integral part of its design, Raisbeck Engineering and Hartzell Propeller have teamed to develop and certify an advanced Structural Composite 5-blade Swept Propeller made of carbon fiber. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval is expected soon, with production by Hartzell immediately following.

Designed to improve passenger comfort and performance, the aerodynamic blade design combined with advanced structural design, maximizes thrust therefore increasing performance while reducing noise for the King Air 350. "We’re very excited about this new composite propeller and what it offers customers in terms of performance and efficiency," said Lynn Thomas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We’ve teamed with Hartzell because of their years of experience and quality of manufacturing and standards. Raisbeck has had a long-term relationship with Hartzell and we are proud to work with them on this project."

"By taking advantage of the aerodynamic effect of blade sweep, the strength of lightweight structural composites and robotic manufacturing technologies, Raisbeck and Hartzell have greatly improved performance across the board in all flight phases," said Hartzell Propeller Executive Vice President JJ Frigge. Hartzell’s new five-blade swept propellers replace the standard Hartzell four-blade aluminum blade propellers.

Raisbeck’s Swept Blade technology optimizes airfoil efficiency allowing for a larger diameter propeller with less blade tip noise and a comfortable cabin environment. Other benefits include unlimited blade life, reduced maintenance costs with 6 years/4,000 hours TBO, 3 years/3,000 hour Warranty, increased takeoff acceleration and better landing deceleration and accel-stop. The Composite 5-blade Swept Propeller provides a total weight savings of 47 pounds compared to the current OEM propeller for the King Air 350.

Source:  Raisbeck Engineering
Associated URL: raisbeck.com
Source Date: July 24, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
VECTOR AEROSPACE COMPLETES FIRST CRFT TEST
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT)

Source: Vector Aerospace


Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT)

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LANGLEY, BC - Vector Aerospace and Robertson Fuel Systems have successfully flight tested their Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT) on an Airbus AS350 helicopter. The flight test follows a successful 50-foot drop test. The retrofittable upgrade will be able to withstand impact without leakage, thus preventing post-crash fires. The companies are working towards a late 2017 FAA STC target date.

The upgrade will serve as a direct replacement for all AS350 models, and the EC130 B4. The design features a crash-resistant fuel bladder, a magneto-resistive fuel quality transmitter, and may include an Onboard Systems cargo swing solution as a compatible option.

Following a number of high profile, deadly post-crash helicopter fires, pressure from the media and regulatory agencies has opened up the helicopter retrofit CRFT market.

Source:  DOD
Associated URL: http://www.adsadvance.co.uk/vector-completes-first-as350-crft-flight-test.html
Source Date: July 26, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 

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