Aluminum was once the primary material used in aerospace applications. However, in modern jet aircraft, it accounts for just 20% of the construction. However, because of the demand for lighter weight aircraft, composite materials such as carbon-reinforced polymers and honeycomb materials continue to increase in usage across the modern aerospace and aviation industries. Further requirements such as the need to withstand high temperatures, pressures, and corrosion have paved the way for other materials once considered impossible for use in aerospace. One such material is stainless steel, which has seen increased usage in newer aircraft components.This blog will explain uses of and differences between aluminum and stainless steel in modern aircraft....

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Electric airplanes could change the manner in which we travel. Along with a significant decrease of CO2, electric aircraft would also bring about a decrease in sound contamination, and with no requirement for air terminal runways, we'll see a lot increasingly downtown air terminals, combined with less flying limitations. Electric planes truly can possibly change the manner in which we work, travel, and live. For example, numerous individuals need to live in the open country, however are denied by an absence of business. Electric aviation would empower them to drive, by means of air, to neighborhood urban communities for work. Inside urban areas themselves, it would encourage short excursions utilizing 4-6 seat taxi planes – making it simple to rapidly make a trip from south to north London, or from San Francisco to Palo Alto, for instance.
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Aircraft hangars are just as common as aircraft themselves. Anywhere you see aircraft, odds are there is a hangar not too far away. Apart from storage, hangars serve a crucial purpose in the aviation industry: maintenance. Maintenance hangars differ significantly from a line or storage hangar. Traditional hangars have a simple function: to house aircraft safely and securely. On the other hand, maintenance hangars are broad, wide-open arenas with the lone purpose of conducting major maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) on aircraft....

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In our current day, much of our daily activities and livelihoods depend on electricity and electric technology. While many of these components are very beneficial to us, the electricity that powers them can be very volatile and dangerous. As electricity can damage components and harm people, it is important to implement protection to ensure that such occurrences can be avoided or prevented altogether. With insulating material, such protection can be achieved and is widely used across all types of electronics and components that interact with electricity...

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Landing gear is an integral part of any aircraft, and perhaps the most important part of landing gear is the struts. The struts are the piece of equipment that bears the brunt of the force an aircraft experiences when it touches back down on ground after flight. Struts ensure that even a rough landing doesn’t cause serious damage to your entire plane. There are four common types of landing gear struts: rigid struts, springs steel struts, bungee cord struts, and shock or oleo struts...

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The modern commercial aircraft is a grand sized, heavy vehicle that requires a tremendous amount of power to successfully transport passengers over long distances. Currently, the method in which aircraft are able to achieve efficient and sustained flight is through propulsion systems such as the gas turbine jet engine. With an engine and the various aircraft turbine engine components within, passenger planes are able to overcome the forces of gravity and provide the air travel that we know and rely on today. In this blog, we will discuss what a turbine engine is, and how the internal jet engine parts work together to provide thrust.

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Pneumatic systems are an apparatus that allows for the transmission and control of energy through the use of sealed, compressed air. They function similarly to hydraulic systems, using air in lieu of water. In regards to aircraft, pneumatic systems often aid with processes such as cabin pressurization, air conditioning, initiating main engines, pressurizing fuel tanks, and much more. While these systems have long served a multitude of commercial aircraft, new electric technology has begun to emerge, changing the playing field....

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Cosmic ionizing radiation is a form of ionizing radiation that comes from outer space. A very small amount of this radiation reaches the earth and at flight altitudes, passengers and crew members are exposed to higher levels of this radiation. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) inform the public that ionizing radiation may cause cancer in humans and is also known to cause reproductive problems such as miscarriages and birth defects.

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The nature of air travel means that aircraft have to be able to withstand a myriad of conditions both light and extreme. Something no aircraft wants to go up against is lightning, but air travelers expect a hassle-free experience, and delays or cancellations are only an option in the most extreme conditions. Lightning, while not ideal, is not necessarily cause for grounding an aircraft. Instead, aircraft manufacturers take measures to protect their machinery from the elements.....

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If you’ve ever boarded an airplane from outside the terminal via a ladder, you might have been close enough to see the engines of the plane. Upon closer inspection, you might notice that at the center of the engine point is a depiction of a spiral, which spins and eventually turns into a white spinning symbol once the engines start spinning at full speed. Sometimes the symbol doesn’t resemble a spiral, rather it looks like a comma, or a typhoon symbol, or even a wobbly crescent. Sometimes you’ll see that there is no symbol at the center of the spiral. But what significance do these symbols, if present, have?

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From takeoff to landing, all aircraft require some sort of electrical power for important functions such as navigation, intercoms, COM and NAV radios, and more. With in-flight entertainment and increasingly modernized systems, this need for electricity is ever more present. To get power, aircraft often use electric power generation through generators and alternators. Both of these systems produce power for the aircraft but differ in method, as well as have various benefits and drawbacks when compared to each other.

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The aircraft electrical system is a network of components that transmit, distribute, and store electrical energy. Most modern aircraft have a 28 volt direct current electrical system, which typically consists of a battery, the master switch, alternator, an ammeter and a loadmeter,. Through the electrical system, the aircraft’s taxi lights, landing lights, radio equipment, interior cabin lights and other equipment are supplied with power. For a detailed look at some of the important components and the roles they play, read below:

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In aviation, each piece of machinery has an important role. Parts need to be tough and dependable to put up with the rigors of air travel. However, no matter how well-crafted a piece is, it will eventually deteriorate. Connectors are fundamental to the successful operation of an aircraft. They are found in the airframe, cabin interior, navigation tools, and a variety of other important areas. Here are a few ways connectors fail and measures you can take to prevent it....

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Atmospheric density is a serious concern for weather, guiding wind patterns and rainfall, but it can also seriously affect flight conditions. Takeoff, climbing, and landing performances and parameters all change depending on atmospheric density, and failing to recognize these changes can lead to serious accidents. Thus, let’s take a look at what exactly density altitude using density indicator , and how it affects performance....

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Unlike car drivers, pilots don’t wait for the change oil light to pop up on the dashboard before they change the engine oil. On average, aircraft oil is changed after every 10 hours of flight time. When the time comes, there are a few key steps that should be followed so as not to cause damage to the engine....

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Many instruments exist for monitoring navigation and outside atmospheric conditions on aircraft. However, it’s just as vital to monitor the interior conditions of the aircraft, so aircraft mount numerous sensors to monitor their critical systems....

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One of the greatest innovations that aviation technology has made in modernizing all-weather capabilities is deicing equipment. Aircraft that do not operate in regions that freeze over can still face ice build-up as a potential issue, due to the altitude at which they operate. Ice forming along wings, aircraft propellers, and control surfaces can severely impact an airplane’s handling characteristics and performance, making deicing equipment an integral part of maintaining an aircraft’s safety....

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The landing gear of an aircraft supports the entire weight of a vehicle during landing and ground operations. The components are primarily attached to the actual structure of the aircraft and has different applications for each part. Wheels are most commonly associated with aircraft landing gear, however, there are many other facets involved. Modern landing gear technology wouldn’t be possible if shock absorbing equipment didn’t exist, making shock absorption a crucial aspect of both landing and takeoff....

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When frigid temperatures hit the north-central and north-eastern United States earlier this year, hundreds of flights were grounded or canceled due to the extreme weather. And that can make you wonder, what exactly makes cold weather so difficult for commercial flight? Just a hint, the problem is not what it seems....

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There's a strong tendency to compare aviation to the automotive industry. But, the list of similarities is short. Aircraft and automobiles couldn’t be any more different. For example, if a car engine breaks down in the middle of your commute, you can just pull over and call a tow truck or try to fix it yourself, but you can’t do that when an airplane’s engine fails....

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When we think of the things we need to fly, we usually think of the engine. Afterall, combustion is what powers the plane. So, it’s easy to fixate on the engine and neglect the alternator. But, without the alternator, we don’t have access to our digital nav/com radios, integrated GPS, multifunction flight displays, and so on....

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From snow-capped mountains and forests of tall redwoods to scorching deserts and beautiful beaches, California is known for its beautiful and diverse landscapes. And while driving through them can be a fun experience, flying is truly the best way to see it all. But, once you’ve decided to travel by air, you’ve now got to choose how: fixed wing or rotary wing?

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In recent years, there’s been an increase in flight and aviation across the board. People are flying more than ever. They’re also owning their own private aircraft more than ever. But before purchasing, it’s important to understand what kind of aircraft to choose. A fixed-wing or a rotary wing? What’s the difference? Well, the biggest difference is in the way they can fly....

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Have you ever looked up and noticed those long, white streaks across the blue sky? Those are vapor trails caused by jet engines. Jet engines burn fuel using the air, releasing energy and powering the plane; this is a process called combustion. These engines are sometimes referred to as gas turbines because they bring fuel in through a windmill-like wheel, also known as a turbine, and expel hot gas....

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Listed below are quick over views of 6 key components of a modern aircraft. The components mentioned in this article will be the wings, empennage, powerplant, landing gear, aircraft frame and fuselage. All of which are extremely important in making sure that the aircraft flies properly....

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An aircraft propeller is more complex than an individual would think. Surprisingly, propellers do not exist solely to move aircrafts, they have outside uses. There are several different types of aircraft propellers all varying in design and material. This article will discuss the similarities and differences between all the different propellers the world has to offer.

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Textron’s company, Bell Helicopter releases their 407GXi model aircraft to the public. The introduction took place at the Heli Expo 2018 which is held at in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a four-day long event commencing on the 26th of February though the 1st of March. The Aircraft has already been undergoing tests and has been certified by Transport Canada to be ready for the start of their deliveries beginning in Spring of 2018....

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In recent times, it is not very common to hear about Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) producing doubts over aircraft parts safety produced by companies complying to a FAA-issued Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA). In the past, there was a time when OEMs looked down on PMA parts produced to compete with their products. Their comments usually focused on safety claims and abuse of OEM warranties.

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World renowned engine company, Rolls Royce has been undergoing unexpected charges through several programs that they have been involved with. Primary issues concerning technical issues with engines on Airbus A380 and Boeing’s 787 aircrafts.

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