US importer changes name to avoid
confusion, becomes distributor
So is it a KievProp or a "HotProp"? The answer is: both.
When B&B Sport Aviation started importing the KievProp into
the country, the company knew of no name for it. John Hunter of
Spectrum Aircraft -- the importer of various Aeroprakt planes from
Russia -- was receiving his planes with this prop included and
B&B got its first one from him. As time went on, B&B
ended up importing them and chose the name "HotProp." KievProp
agreed to it and so the name stuck... until now.
B&B Sport Aviation has become the sole distributor for
America for the KievProp, and has formed a new subsidiary
company named KievProp America. The new company is now working
closely with KievProp in the Ukraine to begin warehousing
propellers and related items for use on this side of the
In addition to being a retail outlet, KievProp America will
continue offering special OEM pricing to Ultralight and Sport plane
manufacturers as well as their over forty dealers. Previous
delivery times on back-ordered props have seen waiting periods as
long as five weeks.
To eliminate this problem, the prop hubs and protractors are now
universal. With the use of a machined insert, a prop that would
have been specifically designed for a Rotax 912 engine will now
also fit the two-stroke applications. To further eliminate the
possibility of back-orders, Kiev has doubled their production rate
and the dealer network will now maintain some inventory of their
The Kiev propeller began in 1989 in
the SDB (Student Design Bureau) of KICAE (Kiev Institute of Civil
Aviation Engineers). They were building an airplane and required a
propeller. Since they already had some experience in propeller
development and fabrication, they made their own. The original was
fixed pitch and made of wood. It was so well liked by their friends
that they started receiving orders for similar propellers.
From the single-piece propellers, which were quite popular, they
switched over to making three-blade wooden propellers. The first
was made in 1993 and was used for the first "Aeroprakt-20"
airplane. This was the beginning of their 3-blade propeller
business. In 1996 they began to develop propellers with
composite blades, and in 1997 organized production and began the
A very distinguishing feature of their product was the use of
the autoclave. The blades come out in one piece, ready to go. Today
they have developed the manufacturing of an entire range of three
and five-blade propellers for clockwise and counter-clockwise
rotation, and for engines ranging from 40 to 130 horsepower.
Currently under development is an in-flight adjustable model which
is being tested.
The blades on all models have metallic protection on the leading
edge to protect them from erosion. This protection increases the
life of the prop significantly and makes them very much suited for
take-offs from water, unpaved surfaces such as sand, high grass,
etc., and for flying in rain. Another important feature of our
propellers is their low mass moment of inertia, which allows their
use on Rotax engines.
With the low noise level and "soft" operation, the performance
is very noticeable. The KievProps have passed the required tests
proving their high quality and have proven their reliability and
safety during many years of operation.
The propellers have successfully passed the entire certification
test program and are Certified together with the "Aeroprakt-22" by
DAeC (Deutsche Aero Club). KievProp continues to work to improve
the propellers and make a wider range of products, which now
include prop spacers and painted ready-to-install spinners. Today
KievProp can supply propellers for any aircraft powerplant with a
gearbox reduction and either direction of rotation.