McCauley's composite props: What the Cessna Skycatcher approval could mean for your aircraft

Cessna 162 Skycatcher with a 2-blade McCauley 1L100 composite prop 

We spoke with Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver today about the recent approval of a composite propeller for the 162 Skycatcher, as well as what the future of composite props from McCauley could mean for other aircraft.

Last week the American Society for Testing and Materials, an international standards board, approved production of the 2=-blade 1L100 McCauley prop for the LSA Skycatcher.

Since Cessna designers initially expected the composite prop to be approved for the Skycatcher, many of the weights and measures for the aircraft stay the same as first advertised on the Cessna site. The switch from the aluminum prop will shed about 12 pounds from the airplane’s current production weight, Oliver said.   

With the ASTM certification in tow, the company expects to add the component props to 162s that ship out late this year, while existing owners will receive one at no additional cost.

Earlier this month, parent company Cessna streamlined its McCauley efforts in order to invest in additional projects of a similar nature. Oliver said this will likely lead to retrofitted composite props for planes such as the Skyhawk and Skylane, among other aircraft and engines.  

The bottom line for pilots and aircraft owners is lightweight blades that can allow more fuel in the bladder and longer max leg distances, in addition to other improvements generally found when using composite materials. 

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