Exceptional opportunity to purchase a new and never used V-530 propeller which has just had a full check at the Shakti factory in Russia with all new seals and gaskets. Euro 7,000
Historically all Russian light aircraft (Yak plus Sukhoi) used the V-530 2-blade propeller. Owners today have, however, the opportunity to use significantly superior 3-blade propellers, principally from MT in Germany .
Important points are: –
- The V-530 was manufactured by Speriott, who are based at Stupino near Moscow. Unfortunately they have reacted to falling demands for new propellers by increasing prices to compensate. This had led to the new ex-factory price being over Euro 10,000 and at that level, those in the market for a new propeller will almost certainly choose a ‘new technology’ 3-blade propeller from the West. Today, Russian production has stopped.
- For the time being there are however reasonable numbers of overhauled propellers available, but the real problem is a lack of blades. Speriott have ceased production, so clearly no new blades will be coming from Russia.
- There is obviously the possibility to manufacture new blades for the V-530 in the West. MT Propeller say they cannot, on the basis that the V-530 blade roots require huge pressure to compress the wood into the ferule, which their existing equipment is not able to do. (The real reason is probably that MT Propeller are trying to sell their new propellers rather than keep V-530 propellers going!).
- Whirlwind in the USA and GT Propellers in Italy have already produced new blades for the V-530. GT Propellers is going through a Certification process, which, at the time of writing, is not yet completed. The Whirlwind blades are sold into the US ‘Experimental’ market and therefore do not require Certification.
- It is our view that despite the extra cost, more and more Yak and Sukhoi owners will go over to 3-blade propellers, because of the significantly increased performance available; greater smoothness, and other advantages as outlined in our specific papers on these propellers.
- For those wanting 3-blade propellers, there really are only two options – Hoffman and MT Propellers. Clearly we, as MT Agents are biased, but the simple fact is that, virtually without exception, all aircraft at World Aerobatic Championships for the last 20 years have only used MT propellers. Given the loads imposed by unlimited level aerobatics, this speaks a great deal for the strength, integrity and of course the performance of MT propellers.
In any case, we are main agents for MT-Propeller, and can provide any of the new propellers that they manufacture, as well as overhauling used propellers. Please contact us for quotations. For further information on MT-Propellers, please see our MT-Propeller page.
Russian MTV-9 propellers
It is worth mentioning Russian MTV-9 propellers. MT, some 20 years ago, gave a licence to Speriott (above) to produce the MTV-9-250-27 propeller.
Speriott however failed to declare a large proportion of their production to avoid paying royalties and in consequence MT instituted litigation against Speriott and, for western owners more importantly, they refuse, in any way, to support these propellers. So be warned if you have such a propeller MT will do everything it can do to ensure that these propellers cannot be overhauled in the west.
It is also worth pointing out that they are restricted to the older blade profile of -27.