If a part requires a modification or rework, it is sent to our machine shop. After rework or modifications the parts go back to the inspections department before going on to re-finishing.
New parts are pulled from our inventory and assigned to the propeller's work order. Sub assemblies are built up. The propeller is then assembled. Angles are set and the propeller is actuated. If the propeller requires deice boots they are installed now. The last thing to be done is static balance using our precision Universal balancer and final inspection.
All coatings are removed prior to inspection. The anodized or alodined aluminum parts and the cadmium plated steel parts are chemically stripped. The blade's airfoil is reworked to remove nicks and dings received during operation. This process also stress relieves the blade.
Our environmentally friendly parts washer removes the majority of grease and oil. Media blasting removes paint and other adhesives.
Disassembly During disassmbly the propeller if functionally tested and blade angle settings are checked. The mechanic will note any malfunction or damage.
Both fixed pitch and constant speed propellers follow these procedures. When the propeller arrives it is assigned a work order, inspection form and a cart that will travel with it throughout the overhaul process. Propeller model number and aircraft application is researched for Service Bulletins and Airworthiness Directives pertaining to it.
Blades, hub, and some internal parts are anodized or cadmium plated for corrosion protection. After cadmium plating, parts are baked in an oven for 8 hrs. at 350 degrees to prevent hydrogen embritalment. After chemical treatment, some parts are then painted for further protection
Some parts require mandatory replacement at overhaul or due to Service Bulletins or A/Ds. Parts are visually inspected for damage, corrosion, and defects. Depending on the part, some damage and corrosion can be worked out. Parts are then dimensionally inspected.
Blade width, thickness, angles, and face alignment are checked at various blade stations. If the face alignment (the fore and aft bend) or angles (twist) of the blade are out of manufacturer's requirements, it is corrected at this time. This is a time consuming job, but when done correctly, will aide in making a smoother flying propeller. Once the parts have passed the visual inspections, they move on to NDT or Non Destructive Testing. The following methods are used for finding cracks and other defects. We use three forms of NDT- Eddy Current, Dye Penetrate, and Magnetic Particle.
Universal Balancer for a precision electronic static balance
Deice boot being moved Propeller being disassembled Propeller on cart for travel
Anodizing and stripping line Cadmium plating/stripping line Blade being reworked
Work order initiated Angles being checked Track being checked
New Parts Inventory Propeller ready for assembly
Warner Propeller & Governor Co.
Sub assembly build-up Assembly of clamped Hartzell
Lathe Mill Surface Grinder
Prop in parts washer Blade being media blasted Hub being media blasted
Blades after anodizing Oven for cadmium plated parts Blades being painted
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Eddy Current Dye Penetrant Magnetic Particle
Assembly of Hamilton Std. Assembly of threaded McCauley
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