Wipaire Certifies Hartzell High Performance Trailblazer Prop on Cessna T206H Aircraft

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Lakeland, Fla., April 4, 2016 - Wipaire, Inc. has received certification for Hartzell Propeller's composite Trailblazer props destined for Cessna T206H aircraft.

The prop is available for floatplanes and landplanes and delivers increased performance in both configurations. As tested on a Wipline 3450-equipped T206H, the Trailblazer offers an eight percent reduction in ground roll and water run compared to a metal floatplane propeller.

The Trailblazer prop also gives a five percent increase in climb and removes the RPM limitation, while giving owners and operators an 8-19 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.

"The Trailblazer prop pulls hard and really performs," said Bob Wiplinger, CEO of Wipaire. "It's an improvement in every regime, 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."

Executive Vice President of Hartzell Propeller JJ Frigge said, "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 booth MD-003D, April 5-10 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

About the Hartzell Trailblazer Propeller Series
Wipaire holds approval for the 82" Trailblazer on Cessna 182s 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 5-10 times 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, Minn., and Leesburg, Fla. Wipaire is recognized for its quality products and engineering expertise worldwide.

About Hartzell Propeller
Hartzell Propeller is the global leader in advanced technology aircraft propeller design and manufacturing for business, commercial and government customers. The company designs next generation propellers with innovative "blended airfoil" technology and manufactures them with revolutionary machining centers and robotics. With ASC-II™ composite technology, Hartzell delivers optimal performance, strength, and durability with carbon fiber blades.

Hartzell Propeller and its sister company, Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, form the general aviation business unit of Tailwind Technologies Inc. The aerospace technology company also includes Hi-Tech Metal Finishing and Mayday Manufacturing. For more info on Hartzell Propeller go to hartzellprop.com.


Media Contacts:
JJ Frigge
Executive Vice President
Hartzell Propeller Inc.

Jim Gregory
for Hartzell Propeller
James Gregory Consultancy llc

Wipaire Media Contact:
Amy Gesch, Marketing Manager
Wipaire, Inc.

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