Commuter Air Technology (CAT), an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, has been given exclusive rights to sell composite propellers to U. S. Department of Defense (DOD) customers and foreign government military sales in which the U.S. Government is the contracting and/or financing agent.

This follows an agreement with Finnoff Aviation Products to provide the five-blade MT Composite Propellers for King Air 90, 200 and 300 series aircraft.

 ‘Commuter Air Technology is proud to add the MT Composite Propellers to its line of King Air modification products,’ said Darryl Wilkerson, president of CAT. ‘This product expands our performance enhancement offerings for government and commercial clients.’

The five-bladed natural composite propellers feature smaller propeller diameter and shorter blade size which can reduce noise due to slower tip speeds and increase the margin of safety between the blade tip and the ground, reducing prop damage. The additional surface area of a five-blade propeller along with the slower tip speeds help to maintain smooth airflow over the blades, resulting in greater thrust for takeoff and climb. The propellers are lighter by 16% than aluminum systems, meaning a more useful load and lower engine stress and starting temperatures.

This story is reprinted from material from CAT, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.