We have three paint booths equipped with state of the art ventilation systems for personal health & safety and environmental protection. With having three separate booths, we can dedicate one for each of the product lines, propellers, wheels and brakes and the third for applying adhesives.

The booths are large enough to accommodate the largest component and the volume of components going through the shop. We also have a large oven used to accelerate the drying process thus saving turn time for components.

We follow the OEM’s ICA’s for the product used and process of application or an accepted alternative.

Non-Destructive Testing

NDT – In House Servicing and Customers Facilities On-Site

Non-destructive testing allows us to confirm the serviceability of key components during the overhaul process, to provide our customers with longer life from expensive aviation parts. Replacing parts based on actual serviceability instead of time-based replacement guidelines can significantly reduce overhaul expenses for your aircraft and your fleet.

NDT technologies are only as good as the people who employ them to uncover what can’t be seen by the naked eye. Our confidence in the results is a product of the years of experience and training our NDT specialists have under their belts.

Our highly-skilled and experienced NDT team makes use of a number of advanced technologies that speed the inspection process while also delivering better inspection results. Hope Aero NDT technicians are certified to the national Canadian General Standards Board CGSB 48.9712 through Natural Resources Canada. We provide various methods of inspection which includes, PT, MT ET and UT. All of these NDT procedures are completed in house for faster turnaround. A number of testing techniques can also be performed on site – sometimes with the parts still installed on the aircraft – saving our clients considerable downtime from disassembly, shipping and reassembly.

Capabilities & Equipment include:

  • ET – Eddy Current Testing
  • PT – Liquid Penetrant Inspection
  • MT – Magnetic Particle Inspection
  • UT – Ultrasonic Testing
  • Automated wheel ET machine
  • Automated tie-bolt UT inspection machine
  • Liquid penetrant processing line
  • MT wet bench


Machining – In House Servicing 

Hope Aero machinists are highly-skilled and experienced in the repair or modification of key components using a number of precise processes that speed the turn time for repair/overhaul. In house machining allows for longer life from expensive aviation parts. Returning parts to serviceable status instead of replacement significantly reduces overhaul expenses for your aircraft and your fleet.

Hope Aero has a machine shop sufficiently equipped to be able to perform the repairs and modifications allowed by the OEM as detailed in their ICA’s such as the following:

  • Surface grinding of steel brake rotors.
  • Bushing repairs of wheel tie-bolt holes, brake key pin and bolt holes.
  • Wheel and brake bearing bore re-boring, bushing and sleeve installations.
  • Aluminum propeller re-work such as: blade shank machining, fillet cutting, blade butt facing, thrust ring grinding.
  • Propeller de-ice slipring re-surfacing.
  • Aluminum propeller hub pilot bore re-boring, mounting surface dowel hole repair and mounting hole repairs.

Etching and Anodizing


The etching process is used as pre-penetrant surface preparation as required by the OEM. Parts are cleaned and stripped of any paint, anodize and chemical conversion coatings prior to the chemical etching process. Etching is an essential process that improves the visibility of defects such as small cracks during penetrant inspection. With in-house etching capability, we save our clients the time and added expense that comes with outsourcing this step. Like all of our processes, etching in house allows us to ensure this critical step is done to our standards – the first time and every time.


While nothing can eliminate corrosion, anodizing offers propeller blades and components the best corrosion protection available. Anodizing protects aluminum parts from corrosion by creating a consistent oxidized surface layer that resists further natural oxidation. Passing an electric current through parts dipped in an electrolyte bath creates an oxidation layer under tightly controlled conditions. As the only overhaul specialist in the country with in-house anodizing capability, we save our clients the time and added expense that comes with outsourcing this step. Like all of our processes, anodizing in house allows us to ensure this critical step is done to our standards – the first time and every time.