>We had exactly the same problem with our C24R. The shorter blades were
>put on after a gear collapse many years before we owned the plane and
>weren't discovered until it was sent in for a prop overhaul a year or
>so after we bought it. We ended up putting on a 3 blade McCauley
>because it was cheaper than the new 2-bladed Hartzel. This should
>probably be added to a BAC pre-buy inspection list.

It is already part of the Beech factory inspection guide, and the standard inspection for the 100 Hr and Annual for the prop. The data is in the Type Certificate. Clearly mechanics out there are skipping the Conformity Inspection portion of the Annual.

The definition of airworthy is:

Conforms to its Type Design or properly altered condition, and is in condition for safe operation.

Having illegal prop blades is pretty obvious if one compares the Type Certificate Data Sheet to the part numbers stamped on the prop.

--Bob Steward A&P IA
Birmingham, AL

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