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Blackhawk Modifications Improves Aircraft Performance with New Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A Engines

Oct 15, 2006 - 00:00 AM

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 15, 2006) - NBAA

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC), a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, has signed a five-year agreement with Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. of Waco, Texas, for 550 new PT6A series engines under P&WC's Converter Enhancement Program (CEP).

Under this agreement, Blackhawk Modifications will use the P&WC engines for its various engine upgrade programs on Raytheon King Air series, Cessna Conquest I and Piper Cheyenne series turboprop aircraft under Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs). The company also expects to receive engine STC approvals for several other aircraft models in the coming years.

"This major Blackhawk Modifications order and the growth we are seeing in the modifications market confirm that our legacy PT6A engine series remains an engine of choice in the worldwide aerospace market," said Claude Lachapelle, vice president, Commercial - Service Centres, P&WC.

"Blackhawk Modifications is committed to developing engine solutions that significantly improve the operating performance of the turboprop fleet of aircraft both today and into the future," noted Jim Allmon, President of Blackhawk Modifications. "The combination of this engine purchase agreement and the dedicated group of Blackhawk Modifications employees will enable our company to better serve its dealers and end-user customers worldwide."

P&WC's Converter Enhancement Program allows modifiers or converters like Blackhawk Modifications to purchase and install new engines on any type of aircraft. Operators benefit from more power, faster climb and higher cruise speed, with minimal changes to the aircraft's airframe. The used core engines are normally rebuilt and resold, or used for spare parts.

P&WC is increasingly targeting re-engine opportunities through its Fleet Services upgrade programs. Its Fleet Enhancement Program (FEP), for example, offers customers a new engine of the same type installed on the original aircraft. Its Converter Enhancement Program offers an alternate engine model delivering higher power and better aircraft performance. In both cases, the new engines carry P&WC's full engine warranty and aircraft service life may be increased.

Blackhawk Modifications specializes in developing and marketing engine upgrades through simple bolt-on installations under STCs that do not require any airframe modifications. To date, it has upgraded 90 aircraft using PT6A series engines, with more scheduled every month.

Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft, and helicopters. The company also offers auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

Note to editors: Blackhawk Modifications is a separate legal entity that has no relationship with Sikorsky's Blackhawk helicopter


Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
Pierre Boisseau
Cell: 514-827-5625