PIQUA, Ohio — June 28, 1994 — Hartzell has been selected to supply propeller systems for the Gavilan utility aircraft which will be manufactured in Colombia. The Hartzell three-blade design features aluminum blades with a lightweight, compact aluminum hub and will be fitted with the aircraft’s TIO-540 Lycoming engine. This Hartzell system has years of service under its belt and has proven to be particularly well-suited to the TIO-540.
The aircraft’s principal mission will be to ferry cargo and passengers into, and out of Latin American regions that depend on air transportation. Design parameters for the aircraft therefore included a flight profile calling for operations from extremely high altitudes in extremely hot weather. Bogota, for example, has a field elevation of more than 8,000 feet. As a result, the aircraft features a relatively large engine for its size and a propeller airfoil design that optimizes acceleration and low speed thrust for shorter take-off rolls and better climb rates.
Hartzell Propeller Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of propeller systems, enjoying an 85 percent market share on corporate turboprops and a 60 percent share on turboprop airliners. The 77-year-old company is also well-known for its design leadership having introduced the industry’s first full-feathering propellers for light twins, the first fully-reversing propellers for corporate turboprops, and the industry’s first composite structure blades.
Additional Utility/Cargo Aircraft with Hartzell Propellers:
Antonov AN-38 Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2 Turbine Islander
Basler Douglas Turbo DC-3 Pilatus Britten-Norman Trislander
Cessna Caravan Dornier 27
Beech 18 deHavilland Twin Otter
Dornier 228 Siai Marchetti SF600TP
GAF Nomad Shorts Skyvan
Piaggio P.166 IAI Arava
Harbin Y12 PZL Wilga
Conair Grumman Turbo S2
Pilatus PC6 Turbo Porter