What could possibly make an Extra 300L take off faster, climb better, and become even more fun to fly? How about a new prop? Hartzell Propeller has been awarded a supplemental type certificate for its Talon propeller for installation on the 300L, the company announced on January 25. The three-blade, high-performance 78-inch-diameter prop replaces the stock wood-core, three-blade prop with its advanced aerodynamic design.
The Talon prop gives the 300L a 2.5-percent increase in takeoff performance, according to the company, with a 5-percent decrease in takeoff distance and climb performance. Hartzell also projects higher durability and reduced life-cycle costs, owing to the lighter weight, low-inertia design. The advanced composite construction of the Talon integrates a “co-molded stainless-steel shank,” according to a Hartzell press release. “The outboard half of the leading edge is protected with a co-molded electroformed nickel erosion shield.”
Top airshow performers have already signed on for the new prop. Michael Goulian has started flying with the Talon, and he gives this review: “My flights with Hartzell’s Talon showed an increase in performance, while also contributing to crisper execution of the aerobatic maneuvers that are the hallmark of my show. The smoothness and responsiveness of this propeller is second to none.”
Kevin Coleman is also impressed with the results so far. “Climbing out, it felt really smooth, which those of you who’ve flown a big pumped-up motor know that they’re not always smooth. This is definitely the future of aerobatic airplanes right here,” Coleman said. “It is beautiful the way Hartzell designed these blades. Going into aerobatics, it definitely has more pull. It just goes harder. It gets out of the hole faster which is really good for aerobatics. It has good braking.”
The Hartzell Talon is available from propeller shops, FBOs, or directly from Hartzell. List price for the propeller, spinner, and STC paperwork is $29,301. Time between overhauls (TBO) is six years or 1,000 hours, whichever comes first.