Another player has joined those offering engine upgrades on the Cessna Caravan. Earlier this summer, Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No.
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The aviation store at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, which had been known as Hangar63, has been renamed Banyan Pilot Shop. Its online store, TropicAero.com, has become BanyanPilotShop.com. “This is being done to take advantage of the strength of the Banyan brand,” said Nancy Bouvier, Banyan’s director of marketing. “This change will make it easier for Banyan to market its retail store and online store to the aviation community.”
Killick Aerospace has completed a series of financing agreements totaling $160 million. Proceeds will be used to retire existing debt as well as fund continued growth at Killick companies Prime Turbines, CT Aerospace and Kansas Aviation. The increased capital will also enable Killick Aerospace to make acquisitions to complement existing product and service offerings.
Pratt & Whitney Canada and China Aviation Engine Holdings (Avic Engine Holdings) have announced a new joint venture to be located in Zhuzhou, Province of Hunan, People’s Republic of China. The new MRO will be called Zhuzhou Tonghui Aero Engine Maintenance Company (AEMC) and will provide in-country maintenance, repair and overhaul for civil-certified PT6A and PW100-series engines.
Kestrel Aircraft selected Honeywell’s TPE331-14GR to power its all-composite single-engine turboprop. The Brunswick, Maine-based company was founded by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, to bring the former Farnborough Aircraft F1 Kestrel turboprop to market. The F1 prototype, which Kestrel now owns, is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-67A flat-rated to 1,000 shp, and it first flew on July 29, 2006.
Blackhawkis now offering for the Cessna Caravan a re-engining program that increases horsepower and useful load. The Blackhawk mod uses the 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A and costs $570,000, assuming engine core trade-in. The conversion also includes a new composite cowling, twin Frakes exhaust stacks, a new 100-inch Hartzell four-blade propeller and enrollment in the Camp Systems aircraft maintenance tracking system.
Kestrel Aircraft has selected Honeywell’s TPE331-14GR to power its all-composite single-engine turboprop. The Brunswick, Maine-based company was founded by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, to bring the former Farnborough Aircraft F1 Kestrel turboprop to market.
AgustaWestland is buying out Bell’s stake in the BA609 civil tiltrotor program from Bell Helicopters. Financial terms of the deal, announced by AgustaWestland’s new CEO Bruno Spagnolini and Bell CEO John Garrison here at the Paris Air Show yesterday, were not disclosed.
Final assembly of GECI Aviation’s multi-purpose twin-turboprop SK-105 Skylander is to begin in the second half of this year, with a first flight scheduled for the second half of 2012 leading to type certification expected during the first half of 2013. This is six to nine months later than the original plan outlined by the French company.
Turboprop engine specialist Blackhawk of Waco, Texas, is celebrating its 300th engine upgrade at this year’s EBACE. The customer in question is Germany’s Reinhardt Michel, who owns and flies a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne, purchased in 2004.