Piqua, Ohio. July 17, 2012... Hartzell Propeller Inc. (AirVenture 2012 booth #1035) has developed a new 3-blade ASC-II(TM) composite propeller for Van's Aircraft RV-10. The new prop is 4 pounds lighter than Hartzell's previous model due to the certification of a lighter-weight hub. It's available to order directly through Van's Aircraft. Hartzell will deliver the first of its new props to Van's Aircraft in August, 2012.
Hartzell’s 3-bladed composite propeller noticeably improves the smoothness of flight on the RV-10 when compared to the 2-bladed aluminum propeller. The ASC-II’s proprietary blade design features a carbon fiber monocoque construction with co-molded leading edges of electroformed nickel for erosion resistance.
Gus Funnell, Van’s Aircraft, technical support, said, “Hartzell’s 2-bladed blended airfoil prop for the RV-10 is a great performer and their new lightweight 3-blade composite propeller is noticeably smoother without giving up much performance. We’re happy to offer our customers either option directly through our catalog to our customers, worldwide.
"Hartzell continues to be the overwhelming choice for RV owners who want the performance of a constant-speed propeller."
Rob Hickman, president of Advanced Flight Systems, Inc., said, “I couldn’t be more impressed with my Hartzell ASC-II composite propeller. Since installing Hartzell’s prop I’ve noticed a huge difference in my aircraft’s smoothness while in flight - it makes cruising my RV-10 even more enjoyable.”
He added, “When I fly with other pilots they almost always comment on how smooth my RV-10 flies, and I attribute this directly to my Hartzell propeller. Also, it’s got terrific ramp appeal.”
Hartzell’s senior vp, marketing and customer service, Mike Disbrow, said, “This new propeller for Van’s Aircraft RV-10 knocks four pounds off our previous model. A weight saving like this, at the front of the aircraft, can make a significant difference to the plane’s Center of Gravity (CG) and loading.”
FAA Type Certification of the propeller also reduces owners’ fly-off requirements so they can get in the air sooner. When mounted to a certified engine, such as the Lycoming IO-540, fly-off requirements are reduced to 25 hours, instead of 40 hours, which is the standard for experimental aircraft like the RV-10.
Available for order through Van’s Aircraft, the 2012 catalog list price is $16,070; and it’s offered with a one-year or 1,000-hour Hartzell warranty, as well as a six-year/2,400-hour TBO. The propeller assembly with the new lightweight hub weighs approximately 55 pounds.
Hartzell Propeller is widely recognized as the leader in advanced propeller design and manufacturing technology. The company has developed the next generation of propellers based upon innovative “blended airfoil” technology and is manufacturing these blades using a combination of revolutionary machining centers and robotics; and with its new ASC-II(TM) composite technology, to provide mission-optimized performance for its customers.
Hartzell Propeller traces its beginnings in 1917 to a business relationship with Orville Wright and was founded on the principle of “Built on Honor” - a tradition that continues today.