Maintenance Matters

July 2015 Issue

Composite Propellers: Longevity, Efficiency

Although pricey, composite props offer reduced weight and vibration, very long blade life and may increase airplane performance.

With minimal fanfare, composite propellers have been appearing as original equipment on more and more airplanes and more and more owners are finding that they are an option for their airplanes when it comes time for an overhaul or replacement. Composite props are more expensive than their aluminum counterparts, so we were curious why owners are shelling out the extra bucks—what’s the attraction and what’s out there to buy?

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