Jet B Posted August 27, 2005 Report Share Posted August 27, 2005 I'm on a job right now with a 500 and an Astar. The 500 is pretty much incapable of doing anything in the mountains in the summer. You end up temping out at 80 psi torque. You might as well just park them all summer and only pull them out of storage come winter time. If you take a PMA blade and feel along the abrasion strip, you will see that they have a divot on the top and bottom. Current theory is that this disrupts the smooth airflow enough to lose 200 lbs of lift. The question is, did they design this on purpose to try and curb blade cracking? Or is it just shoddy design? All I know is that I fly both Astars and 500's and feel much safer and comfortable in the Astars. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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