NBAA Convention News

Blackhawk Modifications offering PT6-135A upgrade for King Air F90

 - November 13, 2006, 5:56 AM

Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 5176) is offering a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A upgrade for the Raytheon King Air F90. According to the Waco, Texas company, the upgrade gives the F90 the same performance as the F90-1.

The installation requires no airframe modification. Downtime is approximately two weeks and the modification can be performed at any of Blackhawk’s 24 U.S. distributors and those in Brazil, Germany, Switzerland and South Africa. Blackhawk expects European (EASA) and Brazilian (DGAC) approval by year-end.

According to Donnie Holder, director of marketing, the upgrade costs $585,000, which includes a pair of engines and related parts. The installation fee, paid to the installer, typically will run about $30,000, he told NBAA Convention News.

Blackhawk, which had a ribbon-cutting on its new 13,000-sq-ft facility at Waco Regional Airport late last month, also offers modifications for the King Air 200, A90/B90, C90/E90, C90A/B and the Cessna Conquest.

Its recent STC to upgrade the original King Air 200 from PT6A-41 engines increases the TBO from 3,000 hours to 3,600 hours with factory-new PT6A-42s. The modification gives the King Air 200 the same performance as the current-production King Air B200, according to Blackhawk.