April 2018 Issue

Three-Blade Props: Good-Looking, Smooth

When it’s time to replace your two-bladed prop is it worth spending the extra bucks for a three-blade? We think the decision boils down to emotion.

As the general aviation market slid downhill in the final 15 years of the last century, propeller manufacturers Hartzell ( and McCauley ( were faced with vanishing demand. Their response was to break away from their historic reliance on aircraft manufacturers and invent new products that…

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