Piqua, Ohio, August 21, 2013….Hartzell Propeller has been granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a new aluminum alloy, Scimitar-blade prop for the Piper PA-24 Comanche 180, built between 1957 to 1964, powered by the 180 hp Lycoming O-360-A1A engine.
The 2-blade ‘Scimitar’ design features the same successful blade design which has previously been available for several Mooney and Diamond Aircraft models, and kit planes such as Van’s RV series.
The new two-blade propeller kit features an aluminum hub and state-of-the-art 74” blended airfoil, swept-tip blades, plus a pointed composite spinner assembly.
Installed, the new kit weighs 61.4 lb, nearly 5 lb less than the original steel-hub model, including the new light weight composite spinner finished in either Matterhorn White or metallic silver.
Mike Trudeau, manager of Hartzell’s Top Prop program, said, “This new propeller modification offers many very tangible benefits. It uses the very latest in Hartzell’s blended-airfoil blade technology, it’s light, and it eliminates all the airplane’s previous RPM limitations and placards. It has an industry-high TBO of 6 years or 2400 hours, Top Prop Plus 3™ warranty of 3 years/ 1000 hours, it looks great on the airplane, and best of all, it improves the airplane’s cruise speed up to 4 knots.”
List price is $8800 from Hartzell or its Top Prop Dealers worldwide.
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™ composite technology, to provide mission-optimized performance for its customers