Hartzell inks deal with Team AeroDynamix

OSHKOSH — Hartzell Propeller has entered a multi-year partnership with Team AeroDynamix, the world’s largest formation aerobatic team.

In this newest brand alignment, Hartzell Propeller makes a significant investment in this 12-ship air show team, including Advanced Structural Composite (ASC-II) propellers, and spinners, governors, and service through 2018.

According to J.J. Frigge, executive vice-president of Hartzell Propeller, Team AeroDynamix, flying RV-6 aircraft, captured Hartzell’s attention with their performance at AirVenture 2012.

“Team AeroDynamix is a group of aviators that is redefining what is possible for general aviation,” he said. “Their passion and precision, and the genuine excitement they generate with spectators are inspiring. Hartzell is pleased to partner with this premier formation team to showcase the advantages of our ASC-II propeller technology.”

Team AeroDynamix founder and flight lead, Mike Stewart, said, “Team AeroDynamix is proud to join the Hartzell Propeller family. It’s a milestone experience for us to be backed by the industry icon in propeller development, design and service. We have a natural fit with them and are proud to demonstrate the advantages of these world class propellers in our air show performances.”

Stewart said the team installed the new propellers on their RV-series aircraft in June, and the pilots instantly saw the advantages of the ASC-II features.

“Take-off acceleration and smoothness were obvious. The look and feel of these propellers was dramatic from the start,” he said.

Frigge said Team AeroDynamix flies in an extremely demanding environment and the pilots will provide continuous feedback, which is one reason Hartzell chose the team to represent its high-performance propellers, officials said. The propellers are run at maximum rpm and are subjected to significant G-loads and rapid power changes throughout the routine. In addition, pilots average almost 300 hours per year on their aircraft flying to and from air shows and practices.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Team AeroDynamix to ‘keep ‘em flying’ behind our propellers,” said Frigge.

Team AeroDynamix performs at AirVenture 2013 daily from Thursday, Aug., 1 to Sunday, Aug. 4. An autograph session with the team is on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. at the EAA Welcome Center.

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