July 20, 2015

Textron Aviation selects McCauley propellers for Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Cessna TTx and Beechcraft Baron

OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 20, 2015) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company today announced at EAA AirVenture that it has selected McCauley Propeller Systems for several of its leading turboprop and piston-engine aircraft, including the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Cessna TTx and Beechcraft Baron.

“McCauley’s innovation in the propeller segment has given us a great opportunity to make further enhancements to several of our proven platforms,” said Doug May, vice president, Pistons. “Being part of the Textron family of brands, McCauley has the distinct advantage of working side-by-side with Beechcraft and Cessna engineers, ensuring our products offer the greatest benefits to our customers.”

Cessna Grand Caravan EX soon to be equipped with McCauley four-blade propeller

McCauley’s new swept scimitar Blackmac series four-blade aluminum propeller will soon come standard on Cessna’s Grand Caravan EX aircraft. With the new propeller, Caravan operators will experience several benefits, including 15 pounds additional payload, increased ground clearance of two inches, a 10 percent improved climb performance and greater time before overhaul intervals. Certification is expected in the third quarter of this year with deliveries to follow. The new propeller is also offered as an aftermarket option through the Textron Aviation’s company-owned service network. McCauley’s Blackmac series four-blade aluminum propeller is on display alongside the Cessna Grand Caravan EX this week at the Textron Aviation display at EAA AirVenture.

McCauley Blackmac Carbon propeller certified for Cessna TTx installation

Later this quarter, Cessna TTx customers will have the option of equipping their aircraft with the McCauley Blackmac Carbon Series constant speed composite propeller, which will provide an improved useful load of approximately 35 pounds, a smoother ride and improved resistance to impact and blade erosion.

McCauley’s Blackmac Carbon Series composite propeller received FAA certification in May 2014 and has since received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Cessna TTx. The Blacmac Carbon Series composite propeller is also approved for aftermarket installations on the Columbia 400, Cessna 400 and Corvalis TT. STC approval is underway for additional high performance piston aircraft.

Beechcraft Baron to be fitted with McCauley aluminum propeller

The Beechcraft Baron will soon be equipped with the McCauley C512 aluminum propellers as standard. The new propellers are 10 pounds lighter than the current installation, resulting in significant useful load improvement of 20 pounds. Deliveries of the McCauley-equipped Baron are expected to begin this quarter.

Web page: Find McCauley product information at http://www.mccauley.textron.com/


McCauley Blackmac series four-blade aluminum propeller on the Cessna Grand Caravan EX

McCauley Blackmac Carbon Series constant speed composite propeller on the Cessna TTx


About Textron Aviation Inc. Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit txtav.com.

About Textron Inc. Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

About McCauley Propeller Systems

McCauley Propeller Systems, a division of Cessna Aircraft Company, is the world’s largest full-line propeller manufacturer and has been designing and manufacturing high-quality propellers and systems for the commercial, general aviation and defense industry for more than 75 years.

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