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Kitplane Propeller Selection: The Hartzell Difference

Date: March 14, 2023 Category: Blog Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
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If you want to build an airplane, be prepared to exercise your decision-making skills!

From defining your mission and choosing a kit all the way to the minute details of picking a paint scheme, you can expect to make hundreds of choices in your journey as a homebuilder. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is selecting the propeller for your kitplane.

At Hartzell Propeller, we design, test, and manufacture our propellers for experimental aircraft to meet the same rigorous standards used for FAA-certified installations, with the goal of providing second-to-none performance, quality, and reliability. What makes Hartzell’s props different? Let’s take a closer look:

Rigorous Stress Testing

When a propeller blade fails during flight, the results can be catastrophic. That’s why Hartzell’s propellers are carefully engineered for optimal strength and rigorously tested to resist stress and fatigue problems. Our proven propeller technology is utilized by nearly every major OEM, so you can have the utmost confidence in your kitplane propeller choice.

Other manufacturers may not uphold the same testing and quality standards for their non-certified propellers. Using approved propeller/engine combinations offers less risk — and that adds up to greater peace of mind.


Popular kit manufacturers, such as Van’s Aircraft, have carefully tested and researched engine and aircraft propeller combinations for their aircraft. Save time and eliminate the guesswork by choosing one of their recommended powerplants for your kitplane. Many times, you can save significantly when you purchase your engine and propeller directly through a kitplane manufacturer like Van’s, which offers Hartzell props at a favorable price to their customers.

Bottom line: Choosing an approved aircraft engine and propeller combination can be one of the most important decisions you make for the safety, performance, and reliability of your kitplane. You’ll find that doing the upfront research and asking questions early in the build process helps in your overall selection process and experience!

Hartzell Props for Homebuilders

Ready to find the perfect prop for your kitplane?

Hartzell Propeller has an extensive and evolving product line to support the experimental and kitplane market, including both aluminum and structural composite blade propellers compatible with a wide variety of engines.

Let our kitplane propeller experts help you find the right kitplane propeller suited for your aircraft, flying mission, and performance goals. Get started today!

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