PHOENIX — Hartzell Propeller has delivered 230 advanced swept airfoil five-blade props for Daher TBM 700/850/900/930 aircraft since FAA approval in 2014. The announcement was made in advance of the Annual TBM Owners and Pilots Association Convention to be held Sept. 21-24.
“Hartzell’s high performance structural composite propellers are now flying on roughly 30% of the entire Daher TBM fleet after less than three years on the market,” said Hartzell Propeller Executive Vice President JJ Frigge. “The reasons are simple. These attractive, high performance propellers perform with shorter takeoff rolls, a better rate-of-climb, better cruise speeds, very smooth rides, a shorter stopping distance, with less noise.”
The Hartzell prop available for retrofit on the 700/850 fleet is delivered as standard equipment on new Daher TBM 900/930 aircraft. The new propeller is available through Hartzell’s Top Prop conversion program or through Daher’s dealer network.
With the new Hartzell propeller, the TBM 700/850 series takeoff acceleration from zero to 90 knots is 10% faster than with any other available propeller. Hartzell’s ASCII propeller also provides a 100 feet-per-minute faster climb, according to company officials. Cruise is two or more knots faster than the Hartzell four-blade metal prop and a full five knots faster than a five-blade wood-core propeller. The Hartzell five-blade prop is also quieter in the cabin and in the pattern, officials noted.