April 15, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Hartzell Propeller Inc. has received FAA approval for a supplemental type certificate that covers new three-blade propellers installed on Cessna’s pressurized P210N (1978-84) and turbocharged T210F-N (1966-84) models.
Installation of the Hartzell model HC-J3YF-1RF/F8068, 82-inch diameter Scimitar three-blade prop on the Cessna T/P210 series typically offers a one- to three-knot increase in cruise speed, and a 4-percent decrease in time to climb to 23,000 feet, when compared to the originally-installed McCauley C402 3-blade.
Available through Hartzell’s Top Prop program, the 2010 list price for the kit with a polished spinner is $10,500. The prop is also available with a 28-volt de-ice kit at an additional cost.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that Washington aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.
A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.
Piper’s latest edition of the Meridian pressurized turboprop features updated avionics and six seats in club configuration for $2.26 million.
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