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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedCaravans get new power option
By Dave Higdon, EAA AirVenture Today


Blackhawk Modifications’ new Cessna Caravan engine conversion on display at EAA AirVenture Booth 258 offers increased power for improved performance.

July 31, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin  - Owners of Cessna’s immensely successful 208 Caravan propjet now enjoy a new option for upping the power of their big high-wing singles from Blackhawk Modifications, a leading provider of turboprop upgrades.

Based in Waco, Texas, Blackhawk’s previous conversions offer performance benefits to operators of Beechcraft 90- and 200-series King Airs, the Piper Cheyenne series, and Cessna’s venerable Conquest I twin propjet.

Blackhawk’s latest conversion installs a new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A- 42A powerplant making 850 shp, an increase of about 175 shp that’s available throughout the flight envelope.

Benefits from the conversion include takeoff distances reduced by about 45 percent (a climb rate that doubles the stock performance), higher maximum cruise speeds, and an increase in gross weight of more than 300 pounds.

Blackhawk also claims that the upgrade results in lower fuel consumption across the Caravan’s performance range. Pricing for the Caravan conversion is based on P&WC’s exchange program, with credits issued for time remaining to overhaul the original engine.

Learn more at www.Blackhawk.aero.

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