last update December 07, 2010

Natural Composite fixed pitch propeller

Fixed Pitch Propeller


The EASA and FAA certified fixed pitch natural-composite MT-Propellers are built to the highest standard in the industry from hand-selected multiple laminated German ash wood.

Large diameters are covered by epoxy fiberglass and sealed by a coating of acrylic-polyurethane paint, which is resistant against fuel, oil and other chemical products. Some special vintage designs may have plywood reinforced blades.
Usually the critical section of the blade's leading edge is protected by a bonded on stainless steel erosion sheath, which can be replaced as often as necessary at an overhaul and the inboard section of the leading edge is protected by a self-adhesive PU-strip. Both makes the propeller all weather operable.

More than 8000 of these propellers are in service worldwide on motor gliders, aerobatic aircrafts and vintage airplanes.

The engine power range is from 40 HP to 400 HP and diameters are possible from 120 cm (50 inches) to 250 cm (100 inches).

During the manufacturing steps, constant quality control is applied for all physical dimensions like blade width, blade thickness, blade angle, track and profile. The low density of the material (approx. 0.7 g/cm³) allows a weight of approx. 50 % of the current metal propellers. The polar moment of inertia of the natural-composite propeller is considerably lower compared to metal propellers, which results in a much smoother run.

Because of the high vibration damping characteristics of wood, no RPM restrictions are needed. Blade tip fatigue failures, as they often occur with metal propellers, are unknown.