Value Added: Blackhawk Teams with Sierra Nevada to offer XP67A Engine Upgrade for King Air 350ER

Value Added: Blackhawk Teams with Sierra Nevada to offer XP67A Engine Upgrade for King Air 350ER

Blackhawk Modifications’ subsidiary for government and military sales division, Vector-Hawk Aerospace (VHA), has teamed with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to offer the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Kit for the Beechcraft King Air 350ER. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved Blackhawk Modifications’ XP67A Engine+ Upgrade for the aircraft at takeoff weights up to 17,500 pounds maximum allowable takeoff weight (MTOW), significantly increasing the weight capability and horsepower output for special mission applications.

According to SNC, the after-market, system-of-systems approach, was developed specifically for special mission applications, and is mission endurance, safety and options combined into one solution. It “provides users with the most capable aircraft available, providing greater usable power, allowing for increased mission payloads and significantly longer loiter times, while providing increased safety and reduced risk throughout the range of operations and mission locations.”

The XP67A will provide a 25-30 percent increase in power, which translates into improved climb and cruise performance for King Air 350ER aircraft, especially on hot days at high-altitudes. Although the PT6A-67A will produce a 400 thermodynamic SHP increase over the stock PT6A-60A, the Blackhawk engine will actually reduce the overall weight of the aircraft by about 18 pounds.

The new offering will include two factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-67A engines, new MT five-blade composite propeller assemblies and spinners, and a True Blue Power lithium-ion battery. Training, support and a five-year/2,500 hour enhanced new-engine warranty are also included.

The XP67A engine upgrade is a key element of SNC’s Mission Enhancement Kit combined with the True Blue battery and Advent eABS anti-skid braking system.

SNC is the exclusive provider of the XP67A and Mission Enhancement Kit for the King Air 350ER, and will complete the installations at their network of authorized install facilities, field installations are also available.

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