Blackhawk Modifications is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the world’s leading provider of engine upgrades for turbine powered aircraft. From its founding in 1999, Blackhawk’s first Supplemental Type Certificate for the Conquest I set off a revolutionary alternative to engine overhaul. To date, Blackhawk has equipped over 220 airplanes with factory new and stronger Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines, meeting a pent-up demand from turboprop operators for "better than new" performance and value with increased return on investment.
Headquartered in Waco, Texas, the company employs 23 full-time staff specializing in development of engine STCs for the turboprop market, targeted sales and marketing, and a growing expertise in governmental contract programs. An elite network of more than 35 distributors worldwide sell and install Blackhawk engines, including Hawker Beechcraft, which exclusively endorses and sells Blackhawk upgrades.
Blackhawk has been granted 24 STCs by the Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency, and the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil of Brazil. The flagship products are new XP engine upgrades for the King Air 200 series, King Air 90 series, Conquest I and Cheyenne I, II, IIXL series. The Cessna Caravan upgrade is expected to be finalized this fall. Blackhawk also markets the popular Blackhawk "Hawkeye" DigiLog gauges and XR Fuel Lockers for 300 NM extra range, a much needed boost for the King Air C90.
Blackhawk is proud to be the number one non-OEM seller of Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines. Blackhawk Modifications Inc. launched a very successful business in 1999 when they chose the PT6A-135A engine to re-engine the Cessna Conquest I aircraft. The Blackhawk Modifications Inc. business model has been very successful and the customers clearly appreciate the improved aircraft performance with the new, higher power PT6A engines, and the excellent customer support.
With the current worldwide economic situation, the turboprop is enjoying a renaissance as more people see the benefits of turboprops over jets. The company plans to expand its governmental programs, providing engine management services through Vector-Hawk Aerospace in Daleville, AL, in which Blackhawk owns a majority share along with Vector-Atlantic. Other expansion plans include even more aggressively targeting important markets in Europe, South Africa, Australia, Asia and Brazil.
Product development remains high on the list of priorities. The engineering department is continually working to improve the existing products as well as expanding the portfolio of new performance enhancements, continuing to expand based on the needs of customers. The objective is to provide alternative solutions to the rising costs of traditional engine overhaul and their antiquated performance standards. New engine performance coupled with the proven business model will rescue many more turboprop operators for decades to come.