When constructing an aircraft, there are a grand amount of parts that come together to create the entirety of the structure. With most of these parts, there needs to be something that is able to hold and secure them together. From keeping a meal tray shut to installing an aluminum frame to the fuselage, the hardware components known as fasteners are indispensable tools that establish an aircraft’s integrity. As there are many aviation fasteners that may be utilized to construct an aircraft, we will discuss in this blog some of the more common fastener types that you should be familiar with.


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Many aircraft engines create propulsion for flight through the combustion of fuel and frequent moving parts. As a result, engines typically generate high amounts of heat and friction. This heat can spread to surrounding components and if left unchecked, could even damage the system as a whole. Through the use of aircraft engine oil, heat and friction caused by normal operation can be mitigated. The benefits of engine oil are so useful that without it, an aircraft engine may fail within a matter of minutes.


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RF or radio frequency connectors are the metal connector pieces at the ends of a coaxial cable and are commonly found on television cable wires. These coaxial connectors are designed to work at radio frequencies in the multi-megahertz range and are designed to maintain the shielding a coaxial cable wire offers. Besides coaxial cables, other uses include radios, surge protectors, enclosures, and antennas. The most common connector types are Type N, UHF (Ultra high frequency), TNC (Threaded Neill-Concelman), RP TNC (Reverse Polarity Threaded Neill-Concelman), BNC (Bayonet Neill-Concelman connector), SMA (Sub-Miniture version A), and RP SMA (Reverse Polarity Sub-Miniture version A).


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When considering the many types of vehicles that we rely on every day, it is surprising to know that a majority of them may rely on the same type of turbine: the gas turbine. The uses of gas turbine combustion include the operation of ships, locomotives, aircraft, helicopters, and even some cars and buses. Although many may know that turbines and engines require some sort of fuel to operate, many may not know how that fuel is utilized. In this article, we will discuss the role of gas turbine combustion chambers, and how they use fuel to drive our vehicles.


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Throughout the history of aviation, aircraft design and components have changed greatly. The pilot cockpit and flight instruments have evolved from a system of mechanical gauges to an advanced set of screens and displays, leading to the term “glass cockpit”. Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, or EFIS, are an electronic flight display technology that has replaced steam gauges with LCD screens. In this blog, we will discuss the various aircraft instrumentation components that make up the EFIS, such as the Primary Flight Display, Multifunction Display, and the Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System.


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Fasteners are an important part of any aviation machinery. They have to be able to withstand extreme circumstances and remain reliable in all situations. In the aerospace industry, fasteners are used in countless different capacities. Nuts, a very commonly used fastener, are as varied as their uses. The four most common types of nuts are acorn nuts, square nuts, wing nuts, and weld nuts. This blog will explain each of these types in detail.


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Managing and operating an aircraft takes serious effort. From keeping up with FAR and FAA policies to ensuring that you’ve hired and trained a certified cabin crew, there is a lot that goes into overseeing an aircraft. Whether you’re the sole owner and supervisor of your aircraft or you’re delegating specific tasks to different teams of professionals, it’s crucial to know what kind of maintenance goes into keeping your fleet in tip top shape. Read on below for some helpful aircraft maintenance tips:


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An aircraft requires three things to take flight and maintain it: lift, propulsion, and control. Lift is provided by the aircraft’s wings, and propulsion by its engines, but establishing control is the most challenging to maintain.


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The rotor shaft of a helicopter is a center of activity, which is all carefully considered and accounted for during flight. Unlike airfoils on fixed wing aircraft, the propellers on helicopters move back, forth, up, and down during operation. With all this movement, it is important that the propeller movement is controlled. Various pieces of hardware such as bearings, fasteners, and dampers all help to stabilize the propeller movement. This blog will focus on the importance of dampers.


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Hydraulic systems are a fundamental component in the design and construction of modern aircraft. As the engineering of hydraulic systems evolved over time, and the technology became more elaborate, aircraft designers began implementing hydraulic systems for many more aircraft functions. This is due, in part, to the fact that hydraulic systems are economically friendly to install, easy to maintain, and can still perform in the most demanding in-flight conditions. Modern aircraft use hydraulic systems to support for the operation of several flight-critical functions.


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An aircraft heating system is integral for the safe operation of an aircraft. In the duration of its flight cycle, an aircraft will encounter volatile temperature changes and a heating system can help ensure all aircraft components maintain their necessary temperature for efficient and reliable operation. Two heating systems that are frequently utilized in aviation are exhaust heaters and combustion heaters. The systems share one similarity— both utilize the heating of ambient air or ram air. Let’s take a look at how these heater systems work.


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Avionics test methods are typically restricted to singular fashion testing. This defines the removal of a faulty avionic component from the aircraft, usually an avionics box, in order for it to be tested at a repair station. The main issue with this process is that it cannot accurately reflect the malfunctioning unit in tandem with its associated aircraft systems. Therefore, if a problem does not occur during testing and cannot be recreated by the service facility or an avionics technician, it is classified as a No Faults Found (NFF) case. 


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Although advancements in aircraft technology are designed to create a more efficient and reliable flight experience, most aircraft still rely on six traditional instruments known as the “six-pack”. Like how the core of the human body is necessary for maintaining posture and balance, the “six-pack” is necessary for informing the pilot of vital information regarding the status of the aircraft.


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