Certification For Cessna 208B Caravan XP42A Perfomance Upgrades By European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
In addition, Blackhawk will soon complete delivery of the first XP42A package and begin upgrades on European Caravans that were pending EASA certification.
The FAA issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the XP42A program me in June, and the first Caravan delivery will be completed about three months after US programmme approval.
The XP42A system includes a factory-new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A engine rated at 850 shaft horsepower continous,exchanged for the Caravans existing engine, with a 1000-hour, no calendar limit engine warranty from Pratt & Whitney.
The package also features a factory-new, wide-chord, 100-inch diameter Hartzell four-blade propeller, a new autoclave-cured carbon-fibre composite cowling and high efficiency inlet duct, produced by Blackhawk Composites, a new 40% larger oil cooler,a four-point engine mount isolators ,a new engine hose kit, new Blackhawk Hawkeye DigiLog engine gauges and two new Frakes exhaust stacks.
The system offers a doubled rate of climb with less fuel consumption, a four percent increase in takeoff weight, better takeoff performance and safety margins and a 15 percent increase in cruise speed. It also reduces operating costs and increases revenue potential.
In addition, the package provides a 3600-hour TBO or 5000-hour TBO (for qualified operators) with a qualified trend monitoring program me .Blackhawk offers full technical support for life of the airplane.
The company has also announced the addition of three new partners to its global network of dealers and service support centres, new service agreements having been signed with the Flying Colours Corp., of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Execujet South Africa, a division of Execujet Aviation Group, based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and Premium Jet Manutencao de AeronavesLtdfa, of Sao Jose dos Pinhais Brazil.
Flying Colours Corp. operates two fully certified facilities in Peterborough and Chesterfield, Mo., that provides comprehensive aircraft maintenance, overhaul and refurbishment services.
Execujet South Africa is the only approved Bombardier Aerospace and Honeywell engine and avionics service centre in Africa and also is authorized to service a variety of other business and commercial jets and turboprop aircraft.
Premium Jet is one of Brazils leading certified maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities and provides sales and service support in Brazil for a large number of commercial and civil aircraft and aircraft component manufacturers.
Jim Allmon, Blackhawk president and CEO is welcoming the three companies to the team, said: “These three companies provide exceptional capabilities to customer’s .Our agreements expand their expertise and facilitate Blackhawk performance upgrades.”
“ExecuJet Africa is pleased to join the Blackhawk global network,” added Steve Bothma, director, Maintenance, South Africa, of ExecuJet.”We also look forward to a mutually productive partnership.”
Also from South Africa comes the news that Blackhawk has appointed Cisca de Lange as regional sales manager, with responsibility for expanding Blackhawk upgrade product sales throughout the African continent.
Ms.de Lange brings more than 14 years of aviation industry experience to Blackhawk. She worked for more than a decade with the South Africa airline, Safair, serving as personal assistant to the company’s Managing Director.
She later joined Jet Support Services, Inc., the world’s largest independent provider of hourly cost maintenance programmes for aircraft engines and airframes, where she was responsible for the company’s commercial business in Africa.
Most recently, she worked with National Airways Corp. (NAC), Africa’s largest general aviation company, at Lanseria, near Johannesburg and first worked with products while affiliated with NACs Value Added Products division.