When constructing and maintaining aircraft structures and systems, there are a number of hardware and abrasive components that are utilized to ensure the job is completed smoothly from start to finish. Despite the small size of aircraft hardware pieces like fasteners, such parts play crucial roles in sustaining robust connections, assemblies, and structures that provide safety and functionality during flight. With abrasives, pieces can be worked on to reduce friction and may be shaped, furthering their ability to perform optimally. In this blog, we will discuss some of the primary aircraft hardware and abrasive components available, helping you understand the parts and equipment that are used to construct aircraft.
When the flight industry was just starting anew, there was a role filled for which a navigator assumes responsibility. A specialized member of the crew, the navigator was tasked with organizing a flight path, from start to final destination, though which the navigator completed on a map. Easier said than done due to the requirements that designated this task to be geometrically correct calculations, the initial navigators were not always 100% accurate. However, as aircraft instruments and our knowledge on worldwide navigation advanced, so did our maps and in this day and age, aerial navigation has become a near-perfect art. Both external navigation aids and onboard systems help navigate any aircraft over thousands of moles with high accuracy. Here in this article, you will read about the radio, celestial navigation, pilotage, and the dead reckoning types of navigational instruments.
Bearings are useful components for a multitude of assemblies and industries, providing bearing surfaces for components to both restrict motion and to reduce friction between moving components. Through implementation within an assembly and lubrication, bearings can slow down the wear of components, facilitating their motion while extending their service lives. Within the realm of aerospace, aircraft bearings can be used to take on radial loads, thrust loads, and a combination of the two. Antifriction bearing and sleeve bearing parts are common to aircraft assemblies, both providing their individual abilities to aid in flight operations. In this blog, we will discuss sleeve and antifriction bearings so that you may understand how each functions, as well as how they are used within aircraft.
A crankshaft, or a driving rod, is a pivoting shaft which changes over responding movement of the cylinders into rotational movement. Crankshafts are normally utilized in inner ignition motors and comprise a progression of wrenches and crankpins to which the associating poles are joined.
A semiconductor device is a device that is made from material which is neither a good conductor nor a good insulator. Its conductivity is generally between that of a typical insulator and most metals, due either to the addition of an impurity or because of temperature effects. Semiconductors are widely popular in a wide variety of applications due to their reliability, compactness, and low cost.
Avionics radios are extremely important for the safety of any aircraft and pilot during flight operations. Aircraft radios allow for navigation during flight and establish two way communication with flight controllers and personnel. While most aircraft are designed with a panel mount radio for navigation and communication already installed, it is highly recommended to also have a handheld radio on hand for emergency purposes. Some aircraft also may not have panel mount radios installed, thus avionics handheld radios can be a cost effective entry to provide the radio functionalities needed for safe flying. Lastly, students can also benefit from handheld radios to train and familiarize themselves with radio communication. In this article, we will discuss avionics handheld radios, as well as important information on their types and components to help you familiarize yourself with them.
When inevitable issues arise in your electronic system, the age old answer is always “did you try turning it on and off again?” While this may be a suitable answer for a personal computer or mobile phone, this is not always acceptable for servers and networks where downtime warrants major issues and setbacks for a company or service. When these systems eventually need parts replacement, additions, or removals, they need to be serviced in a way that does not require powering down or interrupting the system. Luckily, the solution to this problem comes in the form of hot swap connectors and hot swapping.
When thinking about an aircraft engine, we are often familiar with some of the basic components. We know of the combustion chamber, cylinders, and other various engine parts. Not often though are people aware of what houses all these parts together. The aircraft crankcase is the “house” or “body” of the engine, holding all the various engine parts that work together to provide flight. Beyond housing parts, the crankcase also contains the engine oil lubrication system containing lubrication assembly parts that keeps components clean and cool, and attaches the powerplant to the aircraft.
Having a robust fire protection and prevention system in place is important for any building, commercial or residential. Fires can do more harm than just to humans and animals; they can destroy personal belongings, damage or destroy buildings, and cost a lot in repairs. That is why automatic fire fighting methods in buildings are designed to put out fires before they have time to cause much damage, often before or immediately after combustion. In this blog, we will be discussing how fire systems and fire sprinklers work together to protect buildings, livelihoods, and all inbetween.
To successfully power a turbine engine and produce flight, an aircraft needs a combustion engine to mix air and fuel, as well as ignite it. From their inception, combustion chambers have been an evolving technology. Through the history of aviation, three main types of combustion chambers have been prominently used, including the can, cannular, and annular combustors. In this blog, we will give a short overview of how these combustors work to produce energy for an aircraft.
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