Naples Jet Center, a fixed-base operator and maintenance provider at Naples Municipal Airport, is fully operational after one of the storage hangars sustained damages due to Hurricane Irma. The hurricane ripped off the hangar doors and metal siding from one of the Jet Center’s storage hangars, causing it to be unusable until the structure could be assessed and repaired.

“We are pleased to announce that we are 100 percent operational at our Naples Jet Center facility,” said Matt Hagans, CEO of Eagle Creek Aviation Services, the parent company of Naples Jet Center. “The sides of our storage hangar have been repaired and roof repairs are in progress. We plan to have the doors delivered by the beginning of November and be fully operational before Thanksgiving! The remaining repairs on this hangar will not (and have not) affected regular operations throughout the facility.”

The airport reported wind gusts of 142 mph during the height of the storm, the highest recorded from Hurricane Irma in the U.S.
MT-Propeller President Gerd Muehlbauer says the installation offers a number of advantages over conventional metal props:

  • An approximate 10-percent reduction in takeoff distance (MTOW, SL, ISA conditions).
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  • Cooler ITTs during engine start up, therefore less engine wear and reduced risk of hot start.
  • Lighter than the original propellers by 8 kg (17.7 lbs) per propeller assembly.
  • A reduction in Cabin noise of between 3-5 dB(A).
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  • Serious ramp appeal.
  • The MT-Propeller has no life limitation, and is repairable in the event of FOD-related damage. The prop has bonded nickel alloy leading edges for erosion protection. The five-blade prop also provides near vibration-free propeller operation.