LAS VEGAS, NV, October 22, 2013 – Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. has named J.A. Air Center, a top fixed-base operator in the Americas, as the newest distributor of its engine performance solutions for Beechcraft King Airs, Cessna Caravan 208A/208Bs, Conquest I and Cheyenne aircraft.
Based at Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove, Ill., about 45 miles west of Chicago, J.A. Air Center recently completed its first Blackhawk installation, an XP135A upgrade that incorporated two factory-new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A engines on a corporate operator’s King Air C90. That upgrade, which is approved by the FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Brazilian aviation regulator ANAC, increases the King Air’s true airspeed and rate of climb, decreases its time and fuel to climb, and raises its single-engine service ceiling while lowering operating costs and boosting resale value.
For three years running, Aviation International News’ prestigious annual survey has named J.A. Air Center among the Top 10 fixed-base operators (FBOs) in the Americas. This year, the company was named No. 1, as it was in 2011.
“J.A. Air Center has made a concerted investment in expanding the services and capabilities we offer the turboprop and light jet aircraft markets,” said Ron Jennings, J.A. Air Center’s director of maintenance sales. “The performance improvements and cost savings of Blackhawk Modifications’ upgrades have huge appeal and will help us better serve the large number of King Air, Caravan and Conquest operators in the Midwest.”
“The capability and efficiency gains of Blackhawk’s engine performance solutions, combined with J.A. Air Center’s capabilities and highly experienced staff, will help operators get the most out of their aircraft investments,” said Edwin Black, Blackhawk Modifications’ vice president of domestic sales. “We’re happy to have them as part of the Blackhawk team.”
About Blackhawk Modifications
Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., founded in 1999 in Waco, Texas, is a recognized aviation leader in providing engine performance solutions to the turboprop fleet. The company has the largest installed fleet of STC twin-engine turboprop engine upgrades, making Blackhawk the largest non-OEM buyer of new Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines in the world. A worldwide network of approved dealers and service support centers complements Blackhawk’s U.S. facilities. For more information, visit www.blackhawk.aero