Hartzell helps backcountry pilots

Hartzell Propeller has reached an agreement with the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) to offer a $1,000 discount on all new Hartzell backcountry propellers sold to RAF members.

“Hartzell Propeller is making this offer to RAF members through the end of 2022 as part of our commitment to the excitement and fun of backcountry flying,” said Hartzell Propeller President JJ Frigge. “The RAF has prevented the closure of a number of airstrips and even built new ones. We are excited to be a part of the legacy established by these dedicated pilots.”

Propeller offerings included in the partnership include:

The Voyager, a 3-blade metal scimitar propeller designed for the Cessna 180, 182, 185 and 206 fleetThe Trailblazer, a 2-blade composite prop available for the Aviat Husky, American Champion Scout, Maule M-7-235 and host of experimental aircraftThe Explorer, a 3-blade composite prop available for a number of experimental aircraftThe Pathfinder, a 3-blade composite prop available on the Cubcrafters XCub and Carbon Cub FX, as well as several experimental aircraft. The Voyager prop is covered under the agreement with RAF.

Each of these propellers is designed to maximize performance for backcountry operations, including shorter takeoff rolls and better climb rates, according to Hartzell officials.

“For those of us who love the land and the special backcountry places that only our airplanes can take us, our more than 9,000 RAF members appreciate this very welcome initiative from Hartzell Propeller,” said RAF Chairman John J. McKenna, Jr. “These new propellers are a direct testament to Hartzell’s commitment to innovation for backcountry airplanes and pilots. With added performance and reduced noise levels, all in the backcountry community will appreciate Hartzell’s new propellers.”

In addition to providing the discount, Hartzell Propeller will make a $250 contribution directly to RAF for every member who buys a new Hartzell prop for backcountry flying until the end of 2022.

RAF was founded by a group of Montana pilots who realized the threat of recreational airstrip closure was of national concern. They also recognized there was a need for

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