Hartzell Earns STC for Piper ‘Top Prop’

hartzellpiperThe latest addition to Hartzell Propeller’s Top Prop line-up is its second generation, advanced composite propeller now STC’d and available for Piper PA46 Matrix and Mirage piston-engine aircraft.

The three-blade propellers offer significant weight savings, through a combination of carbon fiber and Kevlar blades and its new lightweight aluminum hub, Hartzell officials said. This combination saves nearly 11 pounds on the nose versus Hartzell’s first generation advanced composite propeller that is currently standard on these aircraft.

This is Hartzell’s first certification for the ASC-II approved for flight into known ice (FIKI) with its electrothermal de-ice system installed. Hartzell’s ASC-II advanced composite blades comprise a proprietary layup of carbon fiber and Kevlar with an integral stainless steel shank and co-molded electroformed nickel leading edges.

The list price for the new Top Prop is $24,000 for a 3-blade ASC-II propeller with de-ice and polished spinner, a $4,500 price reduction – 16% – from the first generation Piper Mirage composite propeller offered through the company’s Top Prop program.

For more information: HartzellProp.com

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