Pyrotex to the rescue!by Doug Roy on 01/24/11
Well, it's happened again. We were in desperate need of a place to heat treat some newly made parts for the nose of the Canso. The heavy gauge aluminum has to be softened by a heat treatment, formed into the shape required and then heat treated again to harden the pieces.
Mark Bach, our structural engineer, had made all the pieces but we couldn't find a place to do the heat treatment so we couldn't finish the repairs to the nose of FNJE.
Ultimately, Don Wieben contacted Pyrotek Aerospace & Commercial Heat Treat Processing in Abbotsford, BC and arranged to have the pieces shipped there for processing. Certified heat treatment is a very expensive process so we were concerned this would really add to restoration costs. No need to worry - please see the email below from Jim Matheson, President of Pyrotek.
Good day Don,
Fantastic project! I browsed through your website, quite impressive.
What an important part of our Canadian aviation history your society is working to preserve for all Canadians.
Certified heat treatment can be a costly aspect of aerospace part production, but Pyrotek would be proud to join with Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society and offer our heat treat services at NO CHARGE. Pyrotek will continue to provide our full support for any future heat treat services that the Canso project may require.
We do have one small snag. Pyrotek does not keep credit accounts with shipping companies as shipping is not a normal part of our service. Could you please provide us with your Purolator account number and what return Purolator shipping service you require (overnight, regular etc) We would be happy to cover these costs per a donation to your society.
Many thanks to the Canso Crew in taking such an interest in Canadian Aviation history. Looking forward to the possibility that the Canso will take to the skies and fly at the annual Abbotsford Air Show, one of the larger and longest running air shows in Canada.
The Canso Crew would sincerely like to thank Pyrotek for their support and encouragement!!