Aircraft Review

February 2017 Issue

Blackhawk Caravan: New Vigor For Old 208s

The XP140 delivers the same or better performance as factory-new airplanes at a fraction of the cost. Rapid climbs are the sweetener.

Military pilots are trained for and thus accustomed to flying airplanes with thrust enough to slap the eyeballs back into their sockets. Blackhawk’s new XP140 conversion for the staid Cessna Caravan doesn’t quite deliver that kind of punch, but there’s a hint of it from the lofty left seat. Blackhawk has had great success in plying the niche of Pratt & Whitney PT6A-powered airplanes that the factory just didn’t get quite right for lack of available power or just marketing considerations.

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