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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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