Appearing for the first time in Latin America at Cessna’s LABACE display is the single-engine turboprop Grand Caravan EX. The new version of the turboprop single offers increased power through its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 867-shp engine to better serve hard-to-access areas. It delivers 25 percent more horsepower than the original Grand Caravan, which translates into a 38-percent increase in rate of climb, a 340-foot (106-meter) reduction in takeoff distance and a 12-knot faster cruise speed.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6
Piper is demonstrating two aircraft from its range here at the LABACE show: a Seneca V and a Meridian. The display is being undertaken in conjunction with J.P. Martins Aviacão, the authorized local Piper dealer.
Blackhawk Modifications has delivered its first two XP42A Cessna Caravan 208As, a modification that replaces the stock 675-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A with an 850-shp PT6A-42A, along with a new 100-inch-diameter Hartzell propeller. The first upgraded aircraft was delivered late last week to Waialua, Hawaii-based Skydive Hawaii. Guyana-based Trans Guyana Airways took delivery of its XP42A Cessna Caravan today at EAA AirVenture.
This year’s EAA AirVenture coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic engines ever to power a general aviation aircraft–the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. To celebrate the event, the United Technologies subsidiary has a slate of events and announcements to take place at the show. Eleven PT6-powered aircraft will be on display in the Conoco Phillips Plaza on Wednesday, July 31, and the company will have several engines including the PT6A-41 and PT6A-65 on display at its booth.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (HSNA) has named Eric Hicks as regional sales director for Western Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. Hicks will support helicopter operators across Western Canada from British Columbia to Saskatchewan, the Yukon, Northwest territories , Alaska and Hawaii, representing HSNA’s Rolls-Royce 250, Turbomeca Arriel 1 and 2, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T, GE CT7A and CT58 engine lines as well as providing helicopter dynamic component and airframe and avionic MRO services.
Blackhawk received FAA STC approval for its XP42A upgrade package for the Cessna Caravan 208A. The package includes a new 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A engine; wide-chord, 100-inch-diameter Hartzell four-blade propeller; composite cowling and high-efficiency inlet duct; a larger oil cooler; Blackhawk DigiLog engine gauges; and a new exhaust stack. Deliveries will begin this month, Blackhawk said. The upgrade has been available for 208B Caravans, with more than two dozen installations performed to date.
General Electric is ranked as one of the world’s leading aero engine manufacturers, with a $20 billion business powering airliners, fighters and many other types of aircraft around the world, plus servicing and systems provision. Currently just $400 million of that annual business comes from the Business and General Aircraft (BGA) division, but the company has plans to dramatically expand in that sector, and in so doing is taking on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 family that currently dominates the marketplace.
Flight-testing is complete on Blackhawk Modifications’ Cessna 208A Caravan XP42A upgrade and FAA STC approval is imminent, according to the company. The upgrade provides the same operational advantages as the 208B Grand Caravan.
Ruag Aviation has delivered its first cabin completion project, a Bombardier CRJ200 airliner that was transformed into a 10-seat VIP configuration. The entire cabin, including electrics, was reworked with a luxury interior that included wireless cabin entertainment, private area, club seating and dining areas. The company’s cabin interior program offers a one-stop-shop that covers design consultancy, cabin design, furniture construction, cabin integration and certification. It also offers exterior painting and design services.
Tony Cestnik, president of Anchorage, Alaska-based Aero Twin, carved a niche for himself and his business by making the Cessna Caravan more rugged to operate in the bush, and the experience he built in that untamed territory shaped his approach to the process.