As aircraft rely on a number of navigation systems, radios, and electronic equipment for standard operations, there must be another source of power generation. Luckily, this often comes in the form of alternators and generators, the latter being more prevalent in older aircraft models. As it may be possible to fly an aircraft with a generator as its main energy production source, it is important to have a basic understanding of such apparatuses.
Proximity sensors are a common element of various modern technological assemblies, and they are able to detect nearby objects without having to make any physical contact. While there are various types of proximity sensors on the market, many operate through the use of emitted electromagnetic fields or electromagnetic radiation to detect objects through field changes or returned signals. In this blog, we will discuss common types of proximity sensors that one may use, ensuring that you find the best fit for your particular needs.
In terms of movement, actuators can either produce linear or rotary motion, and they can be powered electrically or hydraulically. That being said, there are several advantages and disadvantages to electric and hydraulic actuators, those of which we will outline in this blog.
Gyroscope technology may be in a mobile phone and an aircraft flight system alike, such technology will generally operate with the same principles in both settings. This is because of the basic design of gyroscopes that allow them to operate as they do, and we will discuss such devices in more detail so that you can better understand them.
Welding is a practice that has been around since 3000 BC, tracing back to ancient welding techniques carried out in Egypt. However, it was not until the 1800s when the first practical arc welding method came about, and many forms of welding have since been invented leading into the present. With a variety of techniques and tools now available to welders, it is crucial that they understand when each method is best used to ensure quality work and reliable welded joints.
One such product that has gained traction in the aerospace industry is the clevis pin. The term "clevis pin" refers to a mechanism that is found in multiple fasteners, and this variation of fastener may be used for a variety of applications. In this article, we will discuss the design principles of clevis pins and the various applications in which they may be used.
To maintain efficiency with the least amount of downtime as possible, aircraft operators must take preventative actions in regard to maintenance, allowing them to maintain the aircraft before a problem occurs. To maintain an aircraft’s health with proactive servicing, one should carry out preventive maintenance.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, industries around the world, including the aviation sector, saw unprecedented declines in the frequency of air travel. With everyone under lockdown, the airline industry was forced to place their aircraft in storage. As images of aircraft fleets lined up went viral, no one was sure when we would traverse the skies again.
While electric aircraft serve as the future of aviation that most engineers are working toward, a majority of modern aircraft still operate through the combustion of fuel-and-air mixtures. As fuel determines the distance that an aircraft can travel and the power it can generate, is it absolutely necessary to have a means of measuring the amount of fuel present within tanks during a flight operation. Without an ability to conduct fuel measurement in aircraft, pilots would not know if they were about to lose the power of flight mid-air, or a leakage could go completely unnoticed. As such, fuel measurement is paramount for upholding safety and efficiency.
For the engine’s operations, air enters the turboprop through the intake and is compressed using the compressor. Next, fuel is added to this compressed air present in the combustor. Here, the combustion process of the fuel-air mix takes place. The combustion gasses expand with the help of the turbine assembly, which ultimately generates power at the point of the exhaust system. A part of the power generated is used to drive the electric generator and compressor. As the final step, gasses release as exhaust from the turbine.
While typical permanent markers used in homes and businesses are commonly used for paper, fabric, wood, and other such materials, they often fall flat when it comes to working with non-porous surfaces and various industrial materials. Whether you are working with metal, HVAC systems, industrial machinery, or other related assemblies, a more intensive writing solution may be required to ensure markings are implemented, and stay for as long as necessary. In such instances, paint marker tube type tools and other similar solutions are relied on.
When operating and housing a number of routers, switches, hubs, and servers, the management of cables, connectors, and devices themselves can become quite complex. With the use of a server rack, one may enhance organization, wire management, cooling, and security for the benefit of operations. Racks may come in a number of sizes and types, allowing for a number of configurations to be carried out for a variety of applications. In this blog, we will discuss the most important components and equipment used alongside server racks.
Resistors consist of two terminals and generate resistance to the flow of current. In this blog, we will be covering variable resistors, a type of resistor that is utilized for adjusting circuit resistance to control voltage or current in an electronic circuit.
This blog will discuss the difference between aircraft class and category, digging deeper into what characteristics make up each.The aircraft category classification can be further subdivided into airmen certification and aircraft certification categories. "Airmen certification" refers to the type of aircraft that a pilot is rated to fly and is thus explained:
Current sensors passively measure the amount of electricity passing through a system without impacting a circuit's flow, it is applied for both AC and DC current,. Affixed to a conductor when they are in need of monitoring, a current sensor utilizes a magnetic field that is present when current is actively running through a wire. As such, current sensors often calculate the amount of electricity passing through a wire while simultaneously generating a proportional output which can be observed. Necessary for keeping track of energy usage for separate sub-meters, energy regulation, part reliability in case of an emergency, and more, current sensors are an essential device for monitoring electricity in various systems.
The onus of regular inspection and maintenance falls upon the owner and operator of each aircraft. Besides the obvious need for safety, the FAA has several regulations that mandate the frequent inspection of planes. Failure to complete these requirements can result in legal ramifications and an unsafe operating environment. This blog will discuss both the mandated and suggested inspections one should perform on their aircraft.
Capable of sparking life to a broad spectrum of equipment, engines and their accumulating list of types have grown to convert many sources of energy into harnessed power. Ranging from physical engines and electrical engines, to thermal engines and their use of diesel or non-diesel fuel, modern applications of these units now serve to power many facets of human society. Specifically, when analyzing diesel-fuelled internal combustion engines, a subclassification of thermal engines, the parts that comprise these powerhouses are unique in their own accord. Depending on whether a diesel engine will be used for industrial or marine applications, this information will further diversify what parts make up these units. Within this blog, to better understand the basics behind diesel engine types, we will discuss the primary differences between industrial and marine diesel engines.
An audio jack, otherwise known as a phone connector, is a common electrical connector type that has long been used for the transfer of analog audio signals. While basic in functionality, audio jacks may be implemented in applications that are both simple and complex. Audio jacks may also have switch mechanisms built into their design, allowing manufacturers to forgo conventional mechanical switches to save space. As such, it can be beneficial to understand how switches are advantageous for the design of audio jacks, as well as how to read audio jack schematics for design.
In simplest terms, an accumulator is an energy storage device. Similar to the way a rechargeable battery stores and discharges energy, accumulators store and discharge pressurized fluid. Within a hydraulic system, the role of the accumulator is to allow fluid accumulation under pressure, store that fluid, and return the fluid based on the variance in compression created between liquid and gas. Accumulators provide many benefits to the operation of hydraulic systems, helping in all of the following ways:
Relays and solenoids are two devices used throughout the electronics industry. While the two are similar, there are important differences between the two that should be noted. In this blog, we will cover the basic functions of both relays and solenoids.
Like any combustion-powered automobile, combustion-powered aircraft need fuel to operate. The engines take in this fuel and burn it to generate the power needed to achieve and maintain a safe flight speed. Although there are many different types of aviation fuel, nearly all of them consist of kerosene. In this blog, we will look at four reasons why most aircraft use kerosene instead of standard gasoline.
Aviation rotable parts are the components of an aircraft that need to be rotated at regularly scheduled intervals. For example, once an aircraft has conducted a given number of landings, the tires, an example of a rotable component, need to be replaced. Whether it's a tire, oil filter, or other such component, rotables may also need to be replaced before reaching the length of their normal service life if there is unusual damage to them.
Avionics and flight instruments are paramount to carrying out safe and efficient flight operations by allowing pilots within the aircraft cockpit to be aware of their speed, altitude, orientation, and much more. With the pitot-static system, measurements of outside air pressure are used in order to achieve crucial readings for instruments such as altimeters and airspeed indicators. Due to their method of garnering data, engineers have created air data test sets and precision pressure controllers in order to sufficiently test systems while the aircraft is on the ground. As a result, such testing can ensure that an aircraft is issue free for its pitot-static system and is closer to being ready for its next flight.
Aircraft are incredibly complex machines that serve as a testament to the feats achieved by decades of flight engineering. Despite this, when you break them down into their most basic assemblies, they are relatively simple. The main parts of an aircraft are the fuselage, cockpit, wings, tail (empennage), engine, propeller, and landing gear. This blog will explain each part and their role in the aircraft as a whole.
The Garmin GI 275 is a state-of-the-art flight instrument that can directly replace legacy primary flight instruments in the cockpit such as the attitude indicator, attitude directional indicator, course deviation indicator, horizontal situation indicator. Able to serve as a 4-in-1 flight instrument, the GI 275 can also be used as a standby to a broad range of glass flight displays and is available with a 60 minute backup battery. The lightweight and compact instrument is designed to be compatible with the standard 3.125 inch flight instrument size, reducing installation time and preserving the existing aircraft panel. It is also compatible with most third-party autopilot systems without a separate adapter.
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