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McCauley Propeller celebrates 85 years
McCauley has been designing, manufacturing and supporting customers for 85 years and presents a time line of its major milestones. It will be at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, on the Textron booth.
The McCauley propeller featured on the Beechcraft Baron.

McCauley Propeller Systems has celebrated its 85th anniversary at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It displayed the King Air 300 series propeller, fixed pitch and constant speed propellers and the composite Denali propeller within the Textron Aviation booth and celebrate the significant milestone with customers and employees throughout the week. McCauley Propeller Systems is a division of Textron Aviation.

“McCauley has been proudly designing, manufacturing and supporting customers with innovative solutions for 85 years,” says vice president and general manager Heidi McNary. “Our team is committed to exceeding customer expectations and supporting pilots on their journeys around the world. We could not celebrate this significant milestone without the passion and dedication of our team members, who continue to propel us forward.”

The McCauley Aviation Corporation was founded in 1938 in Dayton, Ohio, and has been changing the face of flight ever since. Now known as McCauley Propeller Systems, with manufacturing now based in Columbus, Georgia, McCauley offers a full line of governors, spinners and propellers for both single and twin-engine applications. McCauley products support more than 350,000 aircraft around the world in flight, a testimony to its continuing commitment to excellence.

McCauley Propeller Systems through the years;

1938 - McCauley Aviation Corporation was founded

1941 - First ground-adjustable, solid-steel propeller developed

1946 - First forged aluminium propellers, Met-L-Prop, developed

1953 - First McCauley two-blade constant speed propeller, Met-L-Matic, developed

1957 - McCauley spinners introduced

1960 - Two-blade constant, full-feathering propeller, alcohol de-ice system Feth-R-Matic developed

1960 - McCauley purchased by Cessna Aircraft Company

1965 - Three-blade constant speed propellers, three-blade full feathering propellers and constant speed governors developed

1967 - Electric de-ice systems introduced

1970 - Full feathering governors introduced along with unfeathering accumulators, single-piece hub design with threadless blade retention

1974 - Synchrophasing governors with mechanical activation introduced

1979 - Three-blade propellers for high-speed turbine engines introduced, magnetic head synchrophasing control systems join the line

1980 - Four-blade propeller for turbine engines used on corporate and regional airlines

1987 - Five-blade propellers used on corporate and regional airline turboprops

1992 - Second-generation, five-blade propellers with scimitar-shaped blades used for regional airlines

2002 - Moves operations from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Georgia

2006 - Expands product line to unmanned aerial vehicles and delivers first Predator B Propeller to General Atomics

2010 - First composite fixed pitch propeller used for LSA aircraft, Electronic Governor (eGov); Delivers 200th Predator B propeller to General Atomics

2020 - First Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop takes flight with McCauley C779 propeller

2021 - First Beechcraft Denali single engine turboprop takes flight with McCauley C1106 propeller.

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