The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s 2013 new-airplane shipment statistics show that new airplanes last year required a tad shy of 2,000 propellers. That might be a mere shadow of the 20,762 props for 17,580 aircraft required in the peak production year, 1978, but it’s an improvement on the 1,300 propellers shipped on new airplanes in 1987, the year Jim Brown and his family bought Hartzell (Booth 1817) from TRW.
Soloy Aviation Solutions’ long-standing relationship with Woodward propeller governors used on its Cessna 206/207 Mk 1 Turbine Pac has ended as a result of Woodward’s transferring its line to Honeywell. “While the Soloy gearboxes seem to last forever, vendor-supplied accessories come and go based on the supplier’s business needs,” said Soloy CEO Dave Stauffer.
Hartzell Propeller has received FAA type certificate approval for a new advanced-composite ASC-II four-blade propeller. Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air 250 was the launch customer. “The 93-inch-diameter ASC-II advanced composite propellers with lightweight aluminum hubs weigh 30 pounds less than the equivalent metal-blade propeller.