Nashville, Tenn. – Stevens Aviation Inc. (HQ Greenville, SC) has completed the first Certified Installation of the Blackhawk XP67A engine upgrade on a King Air 350, which includes MT’s 5-blade props, while mating it to a complete new installation of a Garmin G1000 NXi Integrated Flight Deck, which now supports the XP67A engine conversion. This installation was completed at Stevens’ Nashville (KBNA) site which stands as one of Blackhawk and Garmin’s most experienced and successful dealers and installation facilities. This particular installation was completed while Garmin was completing the STC modification on the G1000 NXi system to include the XP67A engine conversion in July. The engines give this aircraft a 40+kt speed increase plus a much stronger climb-to-altitude capability not seen before with the stock 350 engines. Blackhawk has a growing list of standing orders for these as the exposure and popularity grows. The G1000NXi replaced the existing Collins ProLine 21 suite to give all new equipment and updated capabilities while losing nearly 200 lb. in hardware and wiring.
Stevens has completed many Blackhawk and G1000 installations on all King Air models prior to this event, but this project required a significant depth of installation and engineering experience due to being the first of its kind. On the Beechtalk forum earlier this week, well known King Air pilot and consultant Tom Clements commented that this modification and installation event led to “...the greatest King Air that I have yet had the pleasure to operate.”
For additional information, please contact Phil Stearns, Director of Sales and Marketing, Stevens Aviation, 937-470-1851 or PStearns@StevensAviation.com.
About Stevens Aviation
Stevens Aviation operates facilities in Greenville, S.C. (GYH), Dayton, Ohio (DAY), and Nashville Tenn. (BNA) and also operates a 24/7 AOG-MRT Division. The company is a U.S. and foreign government prime service provider of depot maintenance, refurbishment and modifications for military versions of general aviation airframes. Stevens (Greenville) is a Class III repair station that is ISO9001:2015, AS9110C, DCMA 8210.1C, EASA and DGAC certified, and GFRC compliant. Stevens’ Greenville and Dayton facilities have DCMA on the field. For more information, visit www.stevensaviation.com.