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Hartzell’s 5-Blade Swept Prop Gets OK from FAA and EASA, Increases TBM Performance

Date: October 2, 2013 Category: Press Releases
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Piqua, Ohio, Oct. 2, 2013 – Hartzell Propeller Inc. has received type certificate approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency for an advanced swept airfoil structural composite five-blade propeller for TBM 700/850 aircraft.

Hartzell-Propeller-Structural-Composite-5-blade-STC-for--Socata-TBMThe new design, specifically engineered for the single-engine TBM turboprop, delivers faster takeoff acceleration, higher cruise speeds and better climb, along with less noise.

“The stronger structural composite construction of these advanced carbon fiber blades and their sophisticated aerodynamic design boosts the TBM’s already-impressive performance to a higher level,” said Hartzell President Joe Brown.

“We just finished flying cross country from Ohio to the Pacific Northwest in our TBM 700 with the new five-blade prop, and the added quickness and speed is striking, and its ramp presence is stunning.”

Higher Performance and a Quieter Cabin
With the new Hartzell propeller, the takeoff acceleration from zero to 90 knots is 10 percent faster than with any other available propeller. Hartzell’s new propeller also provides for a 100-feet-per-minute faster climb rate. Cruise is 2 knots faster than the current four-blade prop, and a full 5 knots faster than the five-blade wood-based propeller option. The new Hartzell five-blade prop is also significantly quieter in the cabin and in the pattern.

Hartzell began taking orders for the new TBM five-blade prop at the TBM Owners and Pilots Association Convention held this past month in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The initial response to the new TBM propeller was very positive, Brown said, noting that a number of TBM owners at the convention placed advance orders for the new props for delivery following supplemental type certificate approval, which is expected in the first quarter of next year.

Mike McCorkle, corporate pilot for Hartzell, said, “Our TBM 700 with the new propeller will now climb comparable to our 850 model. Coming out of Coeur d’Alene, we went straight up to 27,000 feet in only 16 and a half minutes with temperature 8 degrees above standard. That’s an average of nearly 1,500 feet per minute, and we shaved at least a couple minutes off of our normal time to climb.”

Higher Tensile Strength

Hartzell’s resin-injected carbon fiber blades have a tensile strength over 5 times stronger than beech wood and over 10 times stronger than spruce wood.  The thinner airfoil, which is possible due to carbon fiber’s greater strength, makes the improved TBM performance possible.

The new five-blade design features a state-of-the-art composite wedge retention into its stainless steel alloy shank rather than the aluminum and lag screw construction used by another manufacturer. Hartzell incorporates an innovative nickel erosion mesh and field replaceable nickel-cobalt erosion shield to prevent foreign object damage.

Hartzell offers the new prop with its industry-leading “Plus 3” warranty, which covers the propeller for a full three years or 1,000 hours, and a 3,600-hour/six-year TBO (Time Between Overhaul). The new propeller is available directly through Hartzell’s Top Prop conversion program or through DAHER-SOCATA’s distributor network.

About the TBM
DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM 850 is the world’s fastest single turboprop aircraft, with a maximum cruising speed of 320 KTAS at Flight Level 260 (in ISA conditions). It combines 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 – which are enhanced on the current version – as well as the ability to land at small airports, are some of its customers’ favorite features. TBM 850 Elite offers owners the unique capability of tailoring the cabin to host four or six persons on board. Since its launch in 2005, the TBM 850 has become an international success, with 316 units delivered as of July 15, 2013. As of this date, the overall TBM 700/850 fleet – totaling more than 640 aircraft – had exceeded 1.1 million flight hours.

About Hartzell Propeller Inc. –
Hartzell Propeller is the leader in advanced technology propeller design and manufacturing, with more than 4,000 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.

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JJ Frigge
Executive Vice President
Hartzell Propeller Inc.

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