September 16, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Hartzell Propeller has developed a three-blade Top Prop for Cessna 180, 185, 210, and 205 aircraft. The aluminum prop uses scimitar airfoils.
This is the first time Hartzell has offered a propeller for Cessna 185 owners who have a Continental IO-470 engine, and is the first three-blade prop offered for early Cessna 210 and 205 models, the company claimed.
Hartzell’s marketing chief, Mike Disbrow, said the prop is able to handle rough back-country flying. “Many of these Cessnas are used in harsh conditions where aircraft durability is essential. In the backcountry or on water, where a stone nick or water erosion can mean a no-fly decision, pilots need to be able to rely on their aircraft and its parts. A metal propeller is the best option under such abusive conditions.”
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.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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