The Leesburg facility was recently trained and completed the installation of Blackhawk’s newly FAA certified engine upgrade, the 867 shaft horsepower PT6A-140 engine upgrade for the Cessna Caravan.
Don Moore, a member of the Technical Service group at Blackhawk who provided the training, was impressed with Wipaire’s new facility, their management style and technical expertise. “The Wipaire crew is well-versed in the Cessna Caravan, which resulted in an efficient, on schedule and flawless installation,” said Moore. “Their technical expertise is second to none.”
Paul Wells, Vice President of Aircraft Services for Wipaire, added “We continue to expand the capabilities and offerings of our Leesburg service center to better serve our customers in the southeastern United States, Caribbean, and beyond. The Blackhawk XP engine upgrades are a great fit for Caravans, whether they operate on wheels or on floats. I’d like to congratulate Bill Pike, the Leesburg general manager, and his entire team on a job well done. We look forward to completing more Blackhawk engine upgrades!”
The PT6A-140 engine has been popular among float operators who have the Wipline 8000 model floats installed on short body Caravans. Wipline 8750 floats are approved for the Grand Caravan and are also certified with the new PT6A-140 engine offered in partnership with Blackhawk.