Wipaire Certifies Hartzell Trailblazer Prop on Cessna T206H
Wipaire, Inc. has announced the certification of Hartzell’s composite Trailblazer propeller on the Cessna T206H. The prop is available for both floatplanes and landplanes and boasts increased performance in both configurations. As tested on a Wipline 3450-equipped T206H, the Trailblazer offers an 8% reduction in ground roll and water run compared to a metal floatplane propeller. The prop also gives a 5% increase in climb and removes the RPM limitation, while giving owners and operators a 9-19 pound weight savings on the nose, where it means the most on floats. The 84” Trailblazer propeller is approved in the United States and Canada via Supplemental Type Certificate SA04053CH.
Bob Wiplinger, CEO of Wipaire, stated:
“The Trailblazer prop pulls hard and really performs, it’s an improvement in every regard, from weight to thrust to climb performance, and that makes it a great prop on floats. Its shape and design also make it a quiet prop, which keeps your neighbors happy.”
J.J. Frigge, Executive Vice President of Hartzell Propeller, added:
“Our Trailblazer propellers were designed and developed with the backcountry in mind, whether that is in the mountains of Idaho or the lakes of Canada. We congratulate Wipaire on this new certification and look forward to seeing more Trailblazers on Wipline float-equipped aircraft.”
A Trailblazer blade and a Trailblazer-equipped aircraft are available for viewing at Wipaire’s display at Sun ‘n’ Fun in booth MD-003D.
About the Hartzell Trailblazer Propeller Series
Wipaire also holds approval for the 82” Trailblazer on the Cessna 182, when equipped with Wipaire’s Lycoming IO-580 Boss 182 engine upgrade or the AirPlains IO-550 engine conversion. The Trailblazer features carbon fiber construction with a durable, field-replaceable nickel cobalt leading edge coupled with a nickel erosion screen for foreign object damage protection. Hartzell’s advanced structural composite design allows the Trailblazer blades to be thinner with a wider chord for improved performance. Additionally, the carbon fiber composition is 5-10x stronger than natural fiber propeller cores.
About Wipaire, Inc.
For over 55 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for all sizes of aircraft from the Piper Cub to the Viking Twin Otter, including most single engine Cessna aircraft. In addition, Wipaire has engineered over 100 Supplemental Type Certificated modifications for improved performance, convenience, and reliability. As a leading aircraft service provider, Wipaire offers maintenance, avionics installation and repair, custom interior design and installation, and exterior paint refinishing across locations in South Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Leesburg, Florida. Wipaire is recognized for its quality products and engineering expertise worldwide.