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Blackhawk Modifications completes 500th engine upgrade

July 28, 2014, Oshkosh, Wi. - Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. has announced the installation of its 500th new engine upgrade, a key milestone in the company’s 15-year history of growth and success.


July 28, 2014
By Carey Fredericks

The historic upgrade included installation of two new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-52 engines by Ballard Aviation of Newton, Kan. 

The new engines from Blackhawk were part of an overall refurbishment program Ballard Aviation completed on a 1998 King Air B200 in preparation for sale by Ballard Aviation.

The newly upgraded aircraft will be on display in the Blackhawk exhibit at outdoor display #318 throughout EAA AirVenture 2014, July 28 – August 3 in Oshkosh, Wis.

“This 500th engine upgrade is an important achievement and point of pride for all of us at Blackhawk,” said company President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Allmon. “Five hundred Blackhawk customers are now enjoying aircraft performance and reliability increases only possible with more powerful new engine upgrades. Breathing new life into existing airplanes is what our business is all about. You can bet we’ll continue to help our customers get the most from their airplanes and their investments for years to come.”

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 “For 15 years, Blackhawk and Pratt & Whitney Canada have teamed up to provide engine upgrade packages that continue to benefit valued operators and pilots who fly PT6A-powered aircraft,” said Denis Parisien, Vice President, General Aviation, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “With its fleet of single and twin-engine turboprop STC upgrades, Blackhawk is the largest non-OEM buyer of new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines in the world. We congratulate Blackhawk on this impressive milestone and thank them for their long-standing collaboration.”

Since 1999, Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. of Waco, Texas, has earned a strong reputation for excellence by creating new engine upgrade packages that feature new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines for improved hot and high altitude horsepower output, cruise speeds and rates of climb. Blackhawk offers new Pratt & Whitney Canada engine upgrade options for many of the world’s most popular business and general aviation aircraft, including the Beechcraft King Air 90 and 200, Piper Cheyenne I/II/IIXL models, the Cessna Model 425 Conquest I, and models 208A and 208B Caravans.