PIQUA, Ohio — August 28, 2001 — Hartzell Propeller today announced that it has promoted Joe Nelson to Account Manager in its OEM sales group. Nelson was formerly Manager, Propeller Integration Engineering within Hartzell’s Aircraft Applications Engineering group. Nelson was selected for this position because of his extensive technical background, in-depth knowledge of propeller system optimization to meet customer’s needs and keen understanding of the aircraft market. Nelson will be responsible for major domestic accounts, as well as emerging international markets, including Eastern Europe and Asia.
Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Aeronautical Science with a management specialization from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to joining Hartzell in 1995, Nelson worked at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Evendale, Ohio specializing in aircraft mission performance and fan blade design, including the patented design of unducted propeller fan blades. He also received two other patents while with GE.
Nelson belongs to The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The Society of Automotive Engineers, and The Experimental Aircraft Association. He is a commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings.
Hartzell Propeller Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of propeller systems, well known for its advanced engineering and manufacturing capabilities. The company is rich in aviation heritage, tracing its beginnings to relationships with Orville Wright and Glenn Curtiss. Significant technical innovations include the industry’s first full-feathering propeller for light twins, the first fully reversing propellers for corporate turboprops and the industry’s first composite structure blades. Hartzell was recently selected by NASA as the exclusive propeller partner for its General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) program – developing the next generation of general aviation propulsion systems.