Piqua, Ohio, Oct. 8, 2013 – Hartzell Propeller’s two newest higher performing swept-blade propellers for turboprop business aviators will be on exhibit at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 2013 Convention in Las Vegas, Oct. 22-24.
Hartzell’s engineering and design team has earned type certificate approvals for both its newest swept designs on the Daher-SOCATA TBM and on the Beechcraft King Air B200 turboprops. Both business turboprops will be on display with their new propellers at Henderson Executive Airport during the convention.
TBM at Hartzell Static, King Air at Raisbeck Static
A single-engine TBM 700 with Hartzell’s advanced structural composite five-blade swept propeller delivering better performance and less noise will be at Hartzell Propeller’s static aircraft display at Henderson.
Also on display at Henderson will be a Beechcraft King Air 200 featuring four-blade swept aluminum Hartzell props developed for Raisbeck Engineering. The King Air will be at Raisbeck’s static display.
Bringing Latest Propeller Designs to NBAA
“Hartzell is pleased to bring its latest performance-boosting designs to NBAA, where the business aviation community can see firsthand the performance advantages and the dazzling ramp presence of our highly advanced technology on both TBM and King Air turboprops,” said Hartzell President Joe Brown. He will fly Hartzell’s TBM 700 equipped with the new blades to Las Vegas for the convention.
“Our recent developmental work with both the TBM and King Air business turboprops demonstrates Hartzell’s commitment to delivering the performance-enhancing benefits of the latest in propeller engineering design and manufacturing knowledge.”
Hartzell experts will also be at the Las Vegas Convention Center Booth # C7630 to discuss the aerodynamics and performance advantages of its structural composite swept-blade design for the TBM and the aluminum swept-blade design for King Airs.
New C90 Type Certificate for Hartzell Propellers in Process
In addition, Hartzell is teaming with Raisbeck Engineering on a new Hartzell King Air C90 swept-blade turbofan propeller improvement. Hartzell Propeller expects to receive its Federal Aviation Administration type certificate approval for the King Air C90 propeller design by the end of this year, depending on how long the limited government shutdown of FAA certification activities continues. That will be followed by a supplemental type certificate for Raisbeck and then deliveries expected in early 2014.
Higher TBM Performance and a Quieter Cabin
With the new Hartzell propeller, the TBM’s takeoff acceleration from zero to 90 knots is 10 percent faster than with any other available propeller. Hartzell’s new TBM propeller also provides for a 100-feet-per-minute faster climb rate. Cruise is 2 knots faster than the current four-blade prop and a full 5 knots faster than the five-blade wood-based propeller option. The new Hartzell five-blade prop is also significantly quieter in the cabin and in the pattern.
About Hartzell Propeller Inc. – hartzellprop.com
Hartzell Propeller is the leader in advanced technology propeller design and manufacturing, with more than 4,000 propellers delivered annually to commercial, civil and government customers. The company developed the next generation of propellers with innovative “blended airfoil” technology. It manufactures these blades using a combination of revolutionary machining centers and robotics. With its ASC-II™ composite technology, Hartzell provides mission-optimized performance for 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.
The new design, specifically engineered for the single-engine TBM turboprop, delivers faster takeoff acceleration, higher cruise speeds and better climb, along with less noise.
Benefits include quieter operation and increased thrust, due to the effects of blade sweep and increased propeller diameter.
Raisbeck and Hartzell Combine to Develop and Certify New Swept Turbofan Propeller Family for King Airs
The effort has culminated in the FAA certification of the Raisbeck/Hartzell Swept Turbofan Propeller for the King Air 200/B200/B200GT.
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