Developed for general aviation, the new propeller is made possible by the company’s proprietary composite engineering and manufacturing technologies.
PIQUA, Ohio –July 24, 2006 – Hartzell Propeller Inc. announced today that it has received FAA certification for its new ASC-II™ second generation Advanced Structural Composite propeller system. Hartzell’s ASC-II is the first FAA certified advanced structural composite propeller developed specifically for the general aviation market.
Hartzell’s ASC-II is the result of the company’s nearly 30 year experience in the design and manufacture of advanced structural composite propellers. The Hartzell ASC-II is an optimized design mated to a proprietary, Hartzell-developed manufacturing process. The result is an advanced structural composite propeller that delivers all of the advantages provided by Hartzell’s first generation of composite propellers – low weight, low inertia, and low life cycle costs – while minimizing the major disadvantage: the high cost manufacturing process.
The Hartzell ASC-II consists of a unique monocoque structure of advanced composite materials. Its carbon / Kevlar® laminate is integrated into a co-molded stainless steel shank. The outboard half of the leading edge is protected with a co-molded electroformed nickel erosion shield. Aluminum mesh is embedded into the laminate for lightning protection.
The new design offers numerous benefits to aircraft owners:
A major launch customer for the first Hartzell ASC-II propeller model will be announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. For more information on Hartzell as well as its new composite technology visit the company on the web at www.hartzellprop.com.
Hartzell Propeller Inc. is widely recognized as the leader in advanced propeller design and manufacturing technology. The company has recently developed the next generation of propeller designs based upon innovative “blended airfoil” technology and is manufacturing these blades on revolutionary machining centers or with its new ASC-II composite technology to provide mission optimized performance for its customers. Hartzell traces its beginnings in 1917 to a relationship with Orville Wright and was founded on the principal of “Built on Honor” – a tradition that continues today. For more information visit the company on the Web at www.hartzellprop.com.
Kevlar® is a registered trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.