As aircraft utilize more electrical systems as technology continues to develop, their reliance on electricity from power sources is becoming ever more important. Aircraft batteries are implemented in aircraft of all types, providing for ground power, emergency power, fault clearing, and more. Depending on the aircraft and its needs, various aircraft battery types may be installed. In general, the two most common aircraft battery types are the lead acid battery and NiCd battery.
The aircraft turbine engine is a common power plant type for a number of jet aircraft, providing for their ability to generate thrust and propulsion through exhaust. As with any aircraft engine or component, the turbine engine needs to be regularly inspected and maintained as to ensure that it performs optimally and safely. The procedures often vary depending on the design and construction of the engine, and it is highly recommended to follow instructions as set out by the specific manufacturer that produced the engine in question. Nevertheless, there are some basic procedures that carry over across most turbine engine types, and we will discuss these as to provide general information to help you become more familiar with such maintenance.
Bearings are machine elements implemented to guide motion and minimize friction between moving parts. They typically provide either free linear movement for a moving part, or free rotation around a stationary axis and are classified by their operation, their movement, and the directions of the forces applied to the parts. Bearings are critical parts of any type of machinery. However, like any machine component, they can break. This blog will discuss seven of the most common ways aircraft bearings fail, and how they can be prevented.
When driving a vehicle during night hours with minimal visibility, lighting systems can be very useful to see what is in front of you, be aware of surrounding structures and vehicles, and generally increase visibility and safety. On an aircraft, the need for lighting is no different, and there are various electric fixtures across an aircraft that provide for sight and safety. In this blog, we will discuss some of the main electric vehicular lights and how they provide for safe flight.
An aircraft fuel system is a configuration that allows a crew to pump, manage, and deliver fuel to the propulsion system, engine, or other auxiliary power unit of an aircraft. A common aircraft fuel system consists of fuel tanks, fuel lines, fuel valves, fuel pumps, filters, heaters, and fuel system indicators. This blog will look at each of these engine fuel system components and shed light on their functions and role in the system as a whole.
On modern aircraft, both personal and commercial, there are a variety of systems that work together to provide pilots and passengers safe flight. The pitot static system of an aircraft is an extremely important system for the safety and efficiency of flight from the readings that they provide. From the altitude indicator to the airspeed indicator, many aircraft instruments rely on the pitot system for providing accurate readings so the pilot can always be aware of various aircraft operations and conditions. In this blog, we will discuss the pitot static system functionality, as well as some of the flight instruments that rely on them for functionality.
Passenger aircraft require reliable power distribution systems to carry out their operation and take hundreds of passengers across thousands of miles. Each aircraft has multiple sources of power and corresponding distributors. On average, airliners feature two or more AC generators driven by turbine engines. DC systems are also present on large aircraft to supply emergency power in case of main generator mishaps.
For every aircraft landing, the procedure consists of the descent to the runway, contacting the ground and reducing speed, and then taxiing to the terminal or final designated area. Landing is aided through many stems and components of the aircraft including wing flaps, thrust, and/or aircraft wheel and brake systems. In this blog, we will discuss a few of the procedures and aircraft landing gear components used to bring a flight to a successful end.
In the world of aviation maintenance, few procedures are as strenuous or demanding as removing an aircraft’s engine. Expensive and labor-intensive, it is something few technicians wish to do. Still there are numerous good reasons for removing an aircraft’s reciprocating engine or turbine engine.
Fiber optic cables are a new technology that is often on the tips of everyone’s tongues regarding internet speeds, better cable television, and more. Fiber optics have already been showcased as an improvement to the copper wire by many companies, and they have been slowly making their way into commercial markets and many homes. In this blog, we will discuss the various fiber optics materials that make up the wiring, as well as how they function to create greater bandwidth and transmission speeds.
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