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Hartzell Propeller, the leading manufacturer of aircraft propellers, has implemented an engineering leadership transition. Vice President of Engineering and Flight Safety Bruce Hanke is retiring in July, his duties being taken over by 21-year veteran GE Aviation engineering leader Doug Washburn, who recently joined Hartzell Propeller.
“Bruce Hanke, with more than four decades of engineering and leadership experience, leaves a legacy of many accomplishments during his 20 years at Hartzell,” said Hartzell Propeller President JJ Frigge. “Bruce’s accomplishments include the development of composite blade propellers, lightweight Bantam and Raptor series propeller systems, compact governors, design and manufacture of propeller de-icing and anti-icing systems in internal, and flight safety enhancements to Hartzell products,” added Frigge. .
“We greatly appreciate Bruce’s leadership and look forward to Doug Washburn’s contributions in the years to come,” Frigge said. “Doug has extensive experience in the design, testing and certification of aerospace components.”
Frigge added, “He spent his early years at GE in testing, focusing on instrumentation and airfoil vibration, so his background fits in well with Hartzell’s future goals.” Using an innovative blend of sophisticated engineering analysis, certification skills and world-class manufacturing technologies, Hartzell works closely with many OEMs within emerging industries to refine propeller applications.
“We have put tens of thousands of engineering hours into electric, hybrid and hydrogen aircraft since 2019. We continue to make advancements in tooling, manufacturing processes and lightweighting materials,” said Frigate.
Washburn’s experience at GE Aviation includes numerous engineering management roles with skills in mechanical design, analysis and testing, organizational leadership, project management, fiber optic systems and team building. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University, and a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
This press release was prepared and distributed by Hartzell Propeller.