Hartzell and DAHER-SOCATA sign five-year agreement

Hartzell Propellers will supply advanced five-blade composite propellers for TBM single-engine turboprop aircraft.

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Hartzell Propeller Inc. (Piqua, Ohio, USA) and aircraft manufacturer DAHER-SOCATA (Wissous, France) have agreed to renew their long-term partnership with a five-year agreement, under which Hartzell will supply the recently introduced TBM 900 with advanced swept airfoil structural composite five-blade propellers and spinners.

Hartzell’s design group maximized blade chord thickness and sweep, resulting in thin, light and strong blades that contribute significantly to the TBM 900’s exceptional performance. Hartzell’s thinner airfoil is made possible due to carbon fiber’s great strength, combined with the prop maker’s next generation advanced structural composite and proprietary composite material monocoque construction techniques.

The new Hartzell five-blade prop is quiet in the cabin and in the pattern. Hartzell incorporates an innovative nickel erosion mesh and field replaceable nickel-cobalt erosion shield to prevent foreign object damage to its unlimited-life blades.

Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Business Unit, said, “The TBM 900 is distinguished by its comfort, speed and efficiency, and all three are improved by Hartzell’s five-blade swept prop, which is quieter, speedier and more efficient. We are pleased to have Hartzell Propeller in our group of U.S. suppliers.”

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