Hartzell Trailblazer Prop Available for Super Cub

Hartzell’s composite Trailblazer propeller, which provides performance improvements over an aluminum propeller, is now available for some Piper Super Cub models. Hartzell

Hartzell introduced a new supplemental type certificate for its Trailblazer propeller, which can now be installed on a range of Piper Super Cub models. The STC for the 83-inch composite propeller is owned by Lowell, Indiana-based Professional Pilots Inc. and covers both PA-12 and PA-18 models.

The propeller provides impressive performance improvements over an aluminum propeller. “Takeoff thrust is increased by as much as 30 percent compared to many fixed pitch models, reducing takeoff distance dramatically,” said Brian Sutton, the founder and general manager of Professional Pilots Inc. “Cruise speed is also increased by nearly 20 percent, allowing much greater efficiency and engine wear.”

The performance enhancements do not in any way degrade the longevity of the propeller. The Trailblazer prop has an unlimited life and features a field-replaceable nickel-cobalt leading edge, allowing for better durability in the backcountry.

Professional Pilots Inc. also owns STCs for a new high-performance exhaust system, as well as the Hartzell Top Prop 80-inch constant speed propeller and the MT constant speed propeller for the Super Cub. Additionally, Professional Pilots Inc. owns prop STCs for the entire Piper PA-32 series of airplanes.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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