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Hartzell and DAHER-SOCATA Achieve Outstanding Performance for TBM 900

Date: June 23, 2014 Category: Press Releases
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TBM 900 with Hartzell Prop at DAHER-SOCATA Factory in Tarbes, France.

TBM 900 with Hartzell Prop at DAHER-SOCATA Factory in Tarbes, France.

Piqua, Ohio, June 23, 2014 – Hartzell Propeller Inc. and plane maker DAHER-SOCATA have agreed to renew their long-term partnership with a five-year agreement, under which Hartzell will supply the recently introduced TBM 900 with advanced swept airfoil structural composite five-blade propellers and spinners.

Hartzell’s design group maximized blade chord thickness and sweep, resulting in thin, light and strong blades that contribute significantly to the TBM 900’s exceptional performance. Hartzell’s thinner airfoil is made possible due to carbon fiber’s great strength, combined with the prop maker’s next generation advanced structural composite and proprietary composite material monocoque construction techniques.

The new Hartzell five-blade prop is quiet in the cabin and in the pattern. Hartzell incorporates an innovative nickel erosion mesh and field replaceable nickel-cobalt erosion shield to prevent foreign object damage to its unlimited-life blades.

Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Business Unit, said, “The TBM 900 is distinguished by its comfort, speed and efficiency, and all three are improved by Hartzell’s five-blade swept prop, which is quieter, speedier and more efficient. We are pleased to have Hartzell Propeller in our group of U.S. suppliers.”

“It is gratifying when a world-class aircraft manufacturer such as DAHER-SOCATA demonstrates its confidence in the quality and performance of Hartzell’s advanced propellers by extending an exclusive relationship,” said Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown. “We focus on providing customers with outstanding products and service at a fair price and we are honored that DAHER-SOCATA has recognized that performance.”

About the TBM aircraft family –
DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM family of fast single-engine turboprop aircraft combine the cruising speed and trip times of a light jet with the economic direct operating costs, range and moderate environmental signature of a turboprop engine. The maximum range and useful load, as well as the ability to land at small airports, are some of its customers’ favorite features. More than 660 TBM aircraft have been produced and delivered to date. Operated in 35 countries, the TBM fleet has logged a combined 1.1 million flight hours.

About DAHER –
DAHER is a tier-1 equipment supplier to high-technology industries. DAHER offers manufacturing and services solutions to the aerospace & defense, nuclear & energy and capital goods sectors. With a robust engineering-based approach, DAHER is able to deliver innovative and differentiating solutions to its industrial customers. Created in 1863, DAHER is an international group, present in 12 countries across the world. In 2013, DAHER generated a turnover of nearly one billion euros, with an order book equivalent to more than three years of turnover. DAHER-SOCATA is the aerospace and defense division of the DAHER Group.

About Hartzell Propeller Inc.
Hartzell Propeller is the leader in advanced technology propeller design and manufacturing with more than 3,700 propellers delivered annually to business, commercial 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. For more info go to

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