McCauley Propeller wins contract on unmanned aircraft program


Jan. 06--McCauley Propeller Services in Wichita has won a contract to test and produce a new four-blade metal propeller for the Predator B unmanned aircraft.

The contract, from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, is for engineering testing and data analysis for the certification of the propeller and for its production.

The engineering work will be performed at McCauley's headquarters in Wichita. Production for an undisclosed quantity will be done at the company's Columbus, Ga., manufacturing plant.

Delivery of the new propellers will begin in 2011.

McCauley is a division of Cessna Aircraft Co.

McCauley has built a three-blade propeller for Predator B aircraft since 2006. It delivered 200 of the propellers last year.

A four-blade propeller will enhance performance, the company said.

The Predator B is a medium-to-high altitude unmanned aircraft used as a multi-mission intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and strike system by a variety of U.S. and allied customers.

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