What to do ??? Your Beechcraft King Air engines are getting close to overhaul and you realize there are a many options available to you…too many to make a decision without professional guidance. Although Advancetech has walked many a customer hand in hand down the engine overhaul path by managing the engines during the overhaul process (something we are always willing to assist our customers with), today I want to discuss an option many of you might not be aware of.
Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. was founded over 15 years ago and holds S.T.C.’s for King Air 90 Series and 200 Series aircraft (as well as the Cessna Conquest I, Caravan and Grand Caravan, and Piper Cheyenne owners) to replace the current turbine engines with brand new upgraded Pratt & Whitney engines. To quote from their website, “Blackhawk Modifications provides an exceptionally effective solution to operators who want to improve performance without buying a new aircraft and to those who are tired of spending on overhauls that do nothing but maintain the status quo.”
Let me answer your first question for you. Yes, the brand new upgraded engines are more expensive than overhauling your engines, but only until you take a look at the big picture as many of our customers already have. Let me point out just a few of the advantages of the Blackhawk engine installations using a King Air C90 as an example:
- Increased true airspeed by 40 knots
- A 1000 mile trip will be shortened by 90 minutes (and we all know time is money)
- Reduced operating and maintenance costs by as much as $27,000 annually
- Improved climb performance and over-the weather capability
- An improved single engine service ceiling
- Increase resale value of your aircraft
In addition to these advantages which all contribute to huge dollar savings, Blackhawk is able to offer you credit for the unused hours to TBO on your current engines. There might also be tax savings on your taxes due to the capital improvement on your aircraft. Installation of the Blackhawk engines would also eliminate the need for rental engines and a second engine R & R.
Does this mean that the Blackhawk engine modifications are for everyone ??? Although in a perfect world the answer would be yes, we understand that there are those whose budget barely covers the cost of an overhaul. Either way, let Advancetech be your guide in managing your engines at overhaul. We have the knowledge and experience to both save you money through working closely with engine overhaul facilities during the engine overhaul process, or by offering additional incentives if opting for the purchase of Blackhawk Modification engine upgrades.
Let me give one last word of advice. The overhaul of your engines is the biggest single maintenance expense you will have as an aircraft owner. Trust this event to someone who has the knowledge and experience to either follow your engines through the overhaul process or to work with you in the purchase of new Blackhawk Modifications upgraded engines. As an FAA certified repair station with years of experience in engine overhaul management, and as an authorized Blackhawk Modification dealer and installation facility, I can guarantee you won’t be sorry by letting Advancetech take the worry out of your engine overhauls.