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Dowty Propellers is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of electronically controlled, allcomposite propeller systems. The 6-bladed R408 propeller for the Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 aircraft incorporates advanced technologies developed by Dowty Propellers over the past 60 years. It offers the following benefits: Advanced swept blade design Optimized ARAD-A aerofoil sections Excellent climb and cruise performance Very low noise levels continued on page 2

Bombardier Q400 Dash 8

Dowty Propellers

Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 Advanced Propeller System

High integrity all-composite blades Low weight Service proven, rugged construction Unmatched 25-year record of operational safety and reliability Highly effective erosion protection system Fail-safe electronic control system Precise speed selection and synchrophasing accuracy Counterweighted blades assure safe coarse-seeking operation Dual lever cockpit control Low maintenance costs Modular configuration No mechanical linkages to cockpit One piece hub with individual blade replacement Low parts count

Propeller and backplate Overspeed governor Pitch control unit Auxiliary pump Spinner De-icer timer Beta tube assembly Brush block bracket assembly Propeller electronic controller

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Propeller backplate Overspeed governor Brush block bracket assembly

Auxiliary pump

Propeller electronic controller (nacelle mounted)


Pitch control unit

Beta tube assembly

De-icer timer (airframe mounted)

Dowty Propellers is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of electronically controlled, all-composite propeller systems.

Propeller data
Diameter: Activity factor: Tip sweep: Aerofoil section: Speed control: Max rpm: Cruise rpm: Phase control: 13.5ft (4.1m) 103.5 per blade 18 Modified ARAD-A 1rpm of selected rpm 1020 850 1

Blade assembly

All over polyurethane spray coat

Lightning conductor earthed to metal root

Carbon/glass fibre envelope

Counterweight assembly Outer bearing assembly Flange attachment

Operating pin assembly

Polyurethane foam core

Carbon fibre spars

Nickel leading edge protection

Composite blade construction

Inner bearing assembly Crosshead Backplate Beta tubes


De-icing slip ring

Cylinder Hub

Propeller hub

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