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The 450hp Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior Powered Winjeel ‘404 – A Home Coming and Return to Flight

by Stephan Bowtell, Nathan Bowtell and Phil Buckley
Rising like a young eagle to fly once more, a former Royal Australian Air Force CAC Winjeel A85-404 has returned to the skies in Australia to take her place as a living warbird once again.

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Blackhawk Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of XP61 Engine+ Upgrade to Include Two PT6A-61 Engines

WACO, Texas – June 26, 2018 – This month, Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. proudly celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the XP61 Engine+ Upgrade STC approval for the King Air 200 series. With over 136 XP61 upgrade kits sold, this model has proven to be a game changer for the King Air 200 market over the last decade.

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Trip Report: PT6A-34 Powered Quest Kodiak Series II

Driving on an early May morning to Sandpoint, Idaho, to see the Quest Aircraft factory and then fly a new Kodiak 100 Series II to California, it was clear that icing conditions were not only forecast but likely in the wet gray clouds that shrouded the local mountains. For the flight-into-known-icing-certified Kodiak, however, icing is not a problem, and in the 11 years since it entered service, the capable utility single-engine turboprop has proven its mettle in challenging flying all over the world.

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FAA Awards Supplemental Type Certificate for King Air 350ER XP67A Engine Upgrade to the PT6A-67A

SPARKS, Nev. (June 12, 2018)  – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has teamed with Blackhawk Modifications’ subsidiary for government and military sales division, Vector-Hawk Aerospace (VHA), to offer the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Kit for the Beechcraft King Air 350ER. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved Blackhawk Modifications’ XP67A engine upgrade for the aircraft at takeoff weights up to 17,500 pounds maximum allowable takeoff weight (MTOW), significantly increasing the weight capability for special mission applications.

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Quest Aircraft Unveils PT6A-34 Powered Series II Kodiak

Eleven years after bringing a new single-engine utility turboprop to market certified to the latest FAA Part 23 standards, Quest Aircraft has unveiled an upgraded version of its Kodiak, the new Series II. Features range from Series II paint schemes to Garmin G1000 NXi avionics, airframe improvements, and a free two-year subscription to the Garmin Pilot EFB app. The Kodiak Series II is priced at $2.15 million.

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A Look at the PT6A-67AG Powered 710P Thrush A.K.A the 770 Fire Angel

In December 2017, The Aerotech Group, based in Kent Town, SA Australia, took possession of its new 710P Thrush. The purchase was made through Campbell Briggs of Statewide Aviation, Australia’s Thrush dealer, based in Moree NSW. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A-67AG engine. This may have seemed an unusual purchase to many, as The Aerotech Group has been buying Air Tractors since the early 1980s and has been a big supporter of the brand. And it still is, currently having 12 Air Tractors in its fleet.

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A Look at the PT6A-21 Powered TurbineAir Bonanza

This article first appeared in AOPA authored by Pete A. Bedell

For nearly 25 years, Rocket Engineering has infused mundane airplanes with blistering performance enhancements. It all started in 1989 when Rocket began adding turbos to Mooneys. Later, the company began dropping huge engines in the noses of Mooneys, creating the popular Rocket and Missile conversions. Since then, Rocket has shifted to turbine conversions, realizing that avgas for piston engines may someday become extinct.

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