February 20 (Sat) 12:00pm Blades of Glory: What Every Pilot Should Know about Propellers

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Is this tiny nick on the propeller an airworthiness item? How perfect does the paint need to be to keep the propeller balanced? If my propeller isn’t completely broken, do I still need to send it to the shop? San Carlos Flight Center has invited Samantha Bloodhart and Brian Sullivan of Sullivan Propellers for an enlightening and educational presentation to promote awareness of safety related propeller and propeller governor issues.

Sam and Brian will review basic knowledge such as the design differences between the major manufacturers, fixed pitch vs. constant speed operation, realistic evaluation of condition that anyone can accomplish, and the inherent dangers of deferring propeller (or any other aircraft) maintenance. They will discuss some of the common propeller Airworthiness Directives that are owner-operator responsibility (not just mechanics). Finally, they will explain the differences between overhaul, dynamic balancing, and other major types of propeller/governor service.  This is all supported with numerous of photos and Brian’s 30+ years of anecdotes (some amusing and some amazing).

All current and aspiring pilots and aircraft owners are encouraged to attend.

Brian Sullivan is an A&P, Pilot, Repairman and graduate of Ohio State's aviation program. He is the current President of the Worldwide Aircraft Propeller Association, a member of AOPA, EAA, and the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). Brian Sullivan and Sam Bloodhart founded Sullivan Propeller in 1994.

This event qualifies for FAA WINGS credit, click here to register.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

San Carlos Flight Center is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our evening safety seminar programs. Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early through the FAA event notification system at FAASAFETY.GOV. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home. Contact your SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 to confirm secure online access to any particular seminar.