Hartzell Develops Its Own Prop Deicing Systems

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Hartzell props will soon be available with factory-installed deicing systems. Until now, aftermarket vendors have built and installed the systems, but Hartzell said it now plans to offer the system on its full range of deiceable props. “The new Hartzell deice components will replace previous, third-party manufactured deice parts, including deicer boots, wire harnesses and slip rings,” the company said. Hartzell claims its own gear is as good or better than the after-market equipment, and it’s offering enhanced warranty protection on the homegrown deice systems. The boots themselves will be covered for 18 months or 2,000 flight hours, while the other components are warranted for 12 months or 1,000 hours. Hartzell says labor will be included in its warranty packages, while competitors cover only the parts. According to Hartzell, development of its deice systems will enable the company to design entire prop systems for OEM customers rather than relying on other vendors.