After 11 years in the aircraft modification business, Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 8227) has announced the European certification of its latest project, the XP engine upgrade for the Piper Cheyenne. The EASA certification covers the Cheyenne I, II and IIXL models of the twin-engine turboprop, which replaces the aircraft’s original engines with factory new 750-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135As.
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne
Pratt & Whitney Canada and Blackhawk Modifications held a celebration ceremony at the engine manufacturer’s Montreal headquarters earlier this week highlighting Blackhawk’s 500th PT6A engine sale and the company’s 250th customer. Blackhawk began offering modifications to improve aircraft performance with PT6A upgrades in 1999. Dan Rogers of Franklin, N.C., is the 250th customer, with an upgrade to his Piper Cheyenne II.
CD Aviation Services (CDAS) of Joplin, Mo., has positioned itself to support a niche market: the TPE331. The engine was initially developed in 1961 by Garrett AiResearch in both a turboshaft version–the TSE331–and the TPE331 turboprop.
Piper PA-42-720 Cheyenne III, Konigstein, Germany, Jan. 19, 2009–The pilot of the HeilFlight Flugschule Flugbetrieb Cheyenne was killed and the airplane destroyed when it crashed under unknown circumstances. The flight from Frankfurt/Main was en route to Bad Nauheim in IFR conditions. The German BFU is investigating.
JetTech, a Colorado specialist in designing and obtaining STCs for RVSM and panel modernization, is at Booth No. 4960 to publicize its glass-cockpit STC for pre-serial number 275 Cessna Citation 500s as well as RVSM retrofit certifications for the Piper Cheyenne 400LS and Cheyenne IIIA.
Starting next week, Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. 4734) will provide Aircraft Cost Evaluator reports for a single aircraft via its Web site. The reports cost $75 for jets and $50 for turboprops, pistons and helicopters, with a 20-percent discount if a customer purchases more than one report. Customers will have 60 days from the date of purchase to review the reports, which provide up-to-date aircraft cost and performance data.
Investigation has started into the crash of Piper Cheyenne N6134A about 10 mi northeast of Graham, Texas, that killed the pilot and his three passengers, all residents of Graham, which is about 75 mi west of Fort Worth. The twin turboprop crashed and burned the night of November 13 while attempting to reach Graham Municipal Airport on a flight from Wharton, Texas.
T-G Aviation, based at Hamilton Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada, signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide category I maintenance, including hot-section inspections, for three P&WC engine series–the JT15D, PT6/6T and PW500. The service is a natural extension of the T-G Aviation Super Cheyenne conversion package for the Piper Cheyenne I and II, which specifies PT6A-135A turbine engines.
Art Maurice’s corner of the overall general aviation market is strong, and he has lots of reasons why he thinks that’s so. Maurice is a co-founder and president of Columbia Air Services, a family of companies that offers sales, maintenance, avionics, FBO services and, now, charter. Columbia, based in Groton, Conn., has built much of its reputation and following within the owner-flown turbine community.
PIPER PA-31T, HOBBS, N.M., OCT. 30, 2002–At approximately 7:33 a.m. MST the twin-turboprop Piper was destroyed when the pilot lost control shortly after takeoff in IMC. The sole-occupant instrument-rated private pilot was killed in the crash.