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King Air 350 Swept Composite propellers begin FAA certification testing

News International-French

23 Sep 2014

Raisbeck Engineering's latest development in swept-blade propeller technology, the Composite Swept-Blade 5-way Propeller for the Beechcraft King Air 350 series, has begun FAA certification flight testing at Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington.

The Raisbeck/Hartzell team completed all ground and flight vibration and governor output pressure surveys on September 2014. The program began company and FAA certification flight testing.

The cooperative development program between Raisbeck and Hartzell is the 3rd in the Swept-Blade series; the first two were for the King Air 200 and C90/E90 series. Both programs have proven successful in sales and deliveries since the launch of the partnership in late 2009. Since deliveries began in January, 1985, there are close to 1500 airplanes equipped with Raisbeck/Hartzell propellers.

The new King Air 350 propellers will be introduced at this year's NBAA in October, with production deliveries scheduled for July, 2015. Raisbeck will also offer an official "King Air 350 5-Bladed Propeller Wait List" at NBAA, which will not require a deposit but will be on a first-signed, first-availability basis. More details and preliminary performance improvements will be available at NBAA in Orlando, Florida this year.

Raisbeck Engineering continues in the tradition of its founder, dedicated to the improvement in performance and productivity of business and commercial aircraft through the infusion of advanced technology into in-service and new production aircraft.

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