August 19, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
Aviat’s Husky can now fly with a three-blade MT propeller, according to Flight Resource (http://www.flight-resource.com/), a Wisconsin firm that obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the new prop it claims is lighter, smoother, quieter, and offers more ground clearance than the metal two-blade props.
“As a Husky owner and seaplane pilot myself, I’m always looking for ways to get the most performance out of my planes,” said Larry Schlasinger, a founding partner at Flight Resource. “This upgrade hit all the marks and it looks good on this airplane.”
Schlasinger said the three-blade prop allows the Husky to climb and cruise faster than other props, and that he tested it extensively under adverse “high and hot” conditions in Arizona in July when temperatures reached 100 degrees F.
Flight Resource offered the first MT props for the Husky about seven years ago, and Schlasinger said the composite props with metal leading edges manufactured in Germany have held up well in the rough conditions where the rugged Husky aircraft operate.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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