The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Hartzell Propeller a Supplemental Type Certificate to install the company’s recently type certified high performance Bantam series three-blade propeller on diesel-powered Cessna Skyhawk aircraft.
The Hartzell Bantam propeller series are small, lightweight two and three blade propellers with a thin, wide chord and swept high performance airfoils. The recent approval covers installation of Hartzell’s three-blade Bantam propellers, featuring carbon fiber structural composite blades and composite spinners, on Cessna C-172s with Centurion diesel engines.
“Geared diesel engines, like the Centurion and the Austro Engine AE-300, require an ultra lightweight, slow turning propeller with a higher blade count because the airframes they power are extremely weight-sensitive,” said Gary Chafin, Hartzell Propeller vice president of OEM Sales and Product Support. “The combination of Hartzell’s Bantam propellers and the Centurion engines in Cessna Skyhawks will prove to be an unbeatable combination for all operators, including flight schools.”
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