Hartzell Propeller Inc Develops A Three-Blade ASC-II Composite Propeller for Van's Aircraft RV-10 Four-Seat Kit Aircraft

august 6 2012

Hartzell's three-bladed composite propeller reportedly improves the smoothness of flight on the RV-10 when compared to the two-bladed aluminium propeller. The ASC-II proprietary blade design features a carbon fibre monocoque construction with co-moulded leading edges of electroformed nickel for erosion resistance.

"Hartzell's two-bladed blended airfoil prop for the RV-10 is a great performer and their new lightweight three-blade composite propeller is noticeably smoother without giving up much performance," says Gus Funnell, Van's Aircraft, technical support.

"This new propeller for Van's Aircraft RV-10 knocks 4 lbs off our previous model," notes Hartzell's senior VP, marketing and customer service, Mike Disbrow. "A weight saving like this, at the front of the aircraft, can make a significant difference to the plane's centre of gravity and loading."

The propeller assembly with the new lightweight hub weighs approximately 55 lbs. The new propeller is 4 lbs lighter than Hartzell's previous model due to the certification of a lighter-weight hub.

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