Maintenance Matters

April 2014 Issue

Making Your Prop Last: Neglect Is Expensive

Aluminum propellers are amazingly reliable and durable, nevertheless, a little care and preventive maintenance can make them last even longer.

The good news is that aluminum propellers are overdesigned and overbuilt so they operate safely for years. The bad news is that aluminum propellers are overdesigned and overbuilt so they operate safely for years. While each has a published TBO, for some reason aircraft owners who wouldn’t dream of running an engine past TBO will utterly ignore that number for a propeller.

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