As Canada’s leading and best-equipped propeller, wheel and brake overhaul facility, we take great pride in the technology we use in delivering more accurate overhaul specs in the lowest possible turnaround times. Constantly reinvesting in technology and training allows us to stay at the forefront of the industry and provide our clients with the confidence they’re getting the best service possible.
Hope Aero is the only propeller overhaul facility in Canada to have invested in the Aero Scan machine – a highly specialized computer-controlled measuring rig that accurately records measurements in the three dimensions across the full length and width of the blade. Having an Aeroscan machine is like having another skilled technician on staff. Using the Aero Scan eliminates a workflow blockage that often backs up overhaul jobs at this very time-consuming stage in the process. In less than ten minutes, the Aero Scan can record measurements that would have taken nearly two hours to complete by hand, and generate a computer record of the results. The benefits of this incredible speed and accuracy are passed directly on to our clients, as blades pass quickly to the next stages of inspection and repair.
Shot peening is an important service Hope Aero offers in the overhaul and repair of propellers. Shot peening is a cold-working process in which a metal part is bombarded by tiny balls or fragments of steel. Texturizing the surface dissipates stress and reduces the likelihood of cracking. Each steel particle that strikes the blade acts as a tiny hammer that creates a dimple in the blade's surface. Below the surface, the material tries to restore its original shape, thereby producing – below the dimple – material that is highly stressed in compression, providing a considerable increase in a part's life expectancy.
Having shot peening equipment in house saves up to two weeks’ vendor processing time and avoids having to outsource this critical process.
Facility Work Environment
At Hope Aero, we believe providing the best environmental conditions for our technicians benefits us all. That’s why we continue to reinvest in the best exhaust systems available, continually improving the environmental working conditions for our staff – a benefit to both our technicians and our customers. The ability to complete composite blade sanding work, for example, without having to completely suit up in bulky protective gear allows technicians to better focus on the quality of the work. Protective clothing limits the hands-on feel technicians can achieve as they work and discourages taking any more time than is necessary to accomplish a task to desired specifications. More comfortable conditions mean technicians can be more precise and are free to continue to refine each piece until they feel they’ve done the best job possible. Simply put, making the work easier makes the results better.