Darden Hamilton, an aerospace engineer with 30 years of aviation product development experience and a two-term Arizona state senator, will be assuming the newly created position of director of STC programs at Blackhawk Modifications in Waco, Texas.“Darden will be a key factor in expanding our opportunities in both the civil and government markets, said Jim Allmon, president.” He will be key in our ongoing XP42A Caravan engine upgrade flight test program. He also will be working closely with Mike Nowiki, the president of our Vector-Hawk Aerospace division, concentrating on expanding our domestic and international government market share.”
Hamilton has extensive experience working in the experimental flight test groups at Cessna, McDonnell Aircraft (now Boeing), and Honeywell (Garrett) Engines and Systems in flight test instrumentation and flight test engineering in increasing levels of responsibility. He recently was employed by ARINC Engineering Services as a principal engineer on contract to the United States Air Force as a flight test conductor on the C-5M development program to re-engine the legacy C-5A and B models.
Hamilton received his BS Aeronautics, in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, as well as an AS in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology from Parks College of St. Louis University. He is a certified USAF flight test aircrew member, an FAA rated pilot and FAA instrument and advanced rated Ground Instructor, as well as holding an Airframe and Powerplant FAA Technician rating.
Blackhawk Modifications is an aircraft engine upgrade company specializing in King Air 90 and 200 series aircraft as well as Conquest I, Cheyenne and Caravan series.
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