Skydiving firm gets more horsepower

Skydive Snohomish is boasting a new Blackhawk turbine engine in its Cessna 208 Grand Caravan plane.

The new engine produces 850 horsepower, an increase of about 26 percent over the stock engine. It can climb to the 13,000-foot exit altitude at 1,500 feet per minute, according to Skydive Snohomish.

The Grand Caravan’s record includes more than 12.5 million flight hours with operational certifications in about 100 countries, according to Blackhawk. In addition to skydiving drops, it has been used for amphibious transport, medical evacuation, air surveillance and regional airline flights on every continent except Antarctica.

With the new engine, Skydive Snohomish is expecting up to 500 people to visit the company on weekend days during the summer season.

Skydive Snohomish is a family owned and operated skydive center located on Harvey Field.

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