Blackhawk King Air XP Now Offers McCauley 4-Bladed Prop

April 12, 2005

Wichita, KS - April 12, 2005 - McCauley is offering Blackhawk King Air XP operators another option to improve the performance of their aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration granted Blackhawk Modifications a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of a McCauley C762 four-bladed propeller for the Blackhawk King Air XP. To date, five Blackhawk King Air XP operators have already taken advantage of this four-bladed propeller STC. Prior to this time, Blackhawk King Air XP operators have primarily used their existing 3-blade or 4-blade factory original propellers. The McCauley C762 four-bladed propeller provides better climb and cruise performance and lowers cabin noise when compared with other three- and four- bladed propellers on the King Air models.

The Blackhawk King Air XP modifications exchange the Beechcraft King Air's original engines with new 750 shp PT6A-135A engines which are flat rated to 550 shp for take-off. The engines add approximately 18 pounds to the empty weight of the aircraft and require no nacelle or engine mount modifications. The Blackhawk King Air XP substantially improves time-to-climb as well as aircraft resale value.

Founded in 1938, McCauley is recognized worldwide for their reliability, low cost of operation, safety and expansive product line. McCauley has lead the industry's technological advancements by pioneering the scimitar blade designs, solid one-piece hubs, and internal steel split ring blade-retention systems.

More information about the Blackhawk King Air XP four-bladed propeller may be obtained by contacting 800-621-PROP, visiting, or contacting one of 60+ worldwide McCauley Authorized Service Centers.

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