Prop Overhaul Process
Safety, quality and client satisfaction are our top priorities. Here is what you can expect, step-by-step, when you send us your propeller for your scheduled or as-needed overhaul:
Visual Inspection & Disassembly
Upon receiving your propeller we will complete a visual inspection to detect any obvious issues that may cause all or part of the prop to fail. Such issues may include excessive or irreparable corrosion on the blades/hub, or severe damage from a foreign object or ground strike. Once the visual inspection is complete, we will confirm proper tracking, then disassemble the prop and clean all parts to ready for overhaul.
refurbish the blades
Before any work is done on the blades, we use digital Vernier calipers to measure width and thickness at various stations to assure the blades are above minimum manufacturer specifications. If so, then all paint is removed from the blades, and any corrosion, nicks and dings are filed and sanded out before giving the blade a final polish. At this point we will also do a preliminary static balance and obtain final measurements.
The blades and hub are then etched in a caustic solution and subjected to a series of Non-Destructive Testing procedures as outlined in the manufacturer's overhaul manual. Depending on the component, magnetic particle, eddy current, and/or a dye penetrant process may be employed. Once processed, the knobs and blades are shot peened if necessary. While we do a small amount of in-house shot peening, larger blades and turbines are outsourced to a more specialized facility. The blades and hub are then Alodined and a fresh coat of paint applied to the blades.
Your propeller is then reassembled according the manufacturer's specifications. Each manufacturer specifies a number of components that must be replaced at each overhaul, including seals, mounting studs, bolts, o-rings and various other parts depending on the make and model of the propeller. All Service Bulletins, Airworthiness Directives and Service Letters are taken into account and complied with. The propeller is then lubricated and a static balance performed. Of course, we recommend a dynamic balance once the propeller is re-mounted on the aircraft.
From start to finish, meticulous records are kept at every stage of the process and become part of the work order. We will issue an 8130-3 Airworthiness Approval tag upon the completion and return of your propeller. Happy Flying!