Every industry as its own set of standards protocols, certifications and authorizations, but there is really nothing quite like the checks and balances present in aviation and aviation manufacturing. The manufacturers of aviation parts must have the necessary approvals from the FAA and/or other aviation authorities in order to even begin putting together and sending parts to clients. This is to ensure that every aircraft that takes flight is 100% proofed, ready and able to perform as expected. This is why aircraft maintenance engineers are so vital. They are among the first to put their hands on a piece or part that will eventually help aircraft take flight.
Crosswinds are something that every pilot, crew member, and passenger has most likely experienced at least once. They are winds that come at aircraft on an angle during takeoff, flight, and approach. Crosswinds are the cause of turbulence, and they can affect flight operations, fuel burning, and the comfort of passengers. In this blog, we will discuss the various methods to plan for crosswinds and how they may affect flights.
Fear of flying is a common occurrence. Even people who don’t normally fear boarding an airplane may feel some twinge of anxiety just before takeoff. Known as aerophobia or aviophobia, the fear of flying is a normal fear despite the fact that flight accidents are few and very rare. Many times this fear is triggered by other fears such as claustrophobia (fear of small spaces or acrophobia (fear of heights). Whatever the trigger, fear of flying has been a constant in passenger trends, and if you are among the many who can’t help but get a little nervous while boarding, it may reassure you to know some facts about aviation safety.
Wings Can Vibrate
And it’s okay when they do. While it’s understandable for a passenger to be concerned about the plane wing vibrating outside of the window, it is no cause for worry. Vibration is completely normal for an aircraft which is why the wings were manufactured to be extremely durable. In fact, they can endure a bend up to as much as 45%.
Turbulence is Normal
When some people feel turbulence on a plane, they might think it means that there is something wrong with the plane. But turbulence occurs on approximately 90% of flights, with the plane only jumping a few centimeters. Though if you’d still be more comfortable feeling less turbulence, experts suggest sitting in the middle of the cabin next to the wings to feel less turbulence as the shaking will most often be felt towards the tail of the plane.
Airplanes Are The Safest Mode of Transport
There are approximately 12,000 aircraft vehicles flying every day, with airlines carrying 4.1 billion people a year. With this many people flying each year, one might think that there would be aircraft incidents every day, but the reality is that driving on the road is far more dangerous in comparison to flying on a plane. In road incidents, there are 1.25 million fatalities each year, while airlines report significantly less than that. For more information on aviation safety or what aircraft parts are needed to ensure a safe and FAA certified part, consult the experts at ASAP 360 Unlimited.
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If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, then you know what happens before takeoff. You step onto the plane, find your seat, and put away whatever carry-on items you may have. Then once everyone takes a seat, you direct your attention to the front to listen to some very important announcements from the flight attendants. First time flyers tend to listen very intently to the pre - flight safety instructions, but for many frequent flyers, the process is merely a regularity.
Regardless of however many times you might have heard these pre-flight instructions, it always helps to listen because as times change, new procedures arise that may differ from what you may have heard previously. Not only that, but different airplanes may have different layouts which means the exits may not be exactly where you think they’re supposed to be.
When the flight attendants make their announcements, they go over more than just rules and flight etiquette. They instruct you on what to do if an emergency landing is necessary. When flying, no one wants to even consider the possibility that your flight is stalled, but the fact remains that it is always better to be prepared for an emergency that doesn’t occur than be unprepared for one if it does. This is why aviation safety is so important and why, no matter how many times you have flown before, you should always make a point to listen to cabin crew safety instructions.
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Landings are as inevitable as they are crucial to perfect. This blog will break down ten actions you can take to have a smoother and more controlled landing when you fly.
Communication is vital for safety in aviation, as pilots and air traffic controllers communicate to one another to prevent accidents and collisions. Signaling lights are effective means for establishing communications, especially if an aircraft lacks a radio system, or the radio is malfunctioning.
Aviation signal lights fulfill a similar role as traffic and vehicle lights, in communicating visually what cannot be said aurally. Like automobiles, aviation lights are designed to maintain the safety of pilots, passengers, personnel on the ground, and even the cargo carried by the aircraft. Aviation signaling lights provide guides for pilots on what they need to do while landing an aircraft, where to place the aircraft on the runway, and where to take off from. For obvious visibility reasons, lights are used at night, and are used to guide ground service vehicles working at the airport as well as pilots.
Signal lights have different meanings depending on if the aircraft is airborne or currently on the ground.
Signals on ground:
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Aircraft maintenance is undeniably expensive, with costs stacking ever higher between parts, labor, and lost opportunity. Many types of repairs can be prevented by following proper inspection and aircraft maintenance procedures however, and in this blog, we’ll break down five of the most common and preventable parts failures, as well as how to keep them from failing.
A turbine’s fan blades are an essential part of the engine, so keeping them in good condition via regular inspections is essential. Turbine Fan blades can be affected by conditions like an aircraft’s home base, the missions undertaken, if they are exposed to harsh weather conditions, sand, and humidity. Applying lubrication to the blades every twelve months, however, can help extend the lifespan of the blades and delay expensive replacement costs.
Air conditioning heat exchangers are tasked with regulating and maintaining comfortable cabin temperatures. Whether the aircraft is operating in Arizona or Montana however, these heat exchangers should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year to stop contamination from building up inside them.
Depending on the home base of the aircraft and what mission types it flies on, contamination in the fuel tanks from both water and microbial growth can be a serious issue. To prevent contamination, fuel tanks should be drained more frequently, along with regular sample checks. This is particularly necessary in hot and humid areas, where microbial growth can occur more easily.
Aircraft parking procedures are often overlooked, but absolutely critical. Obstructed or blocked pitot and static ports can be expensive to repair, and potentially dangerous if they cause the aircraft’s instruments to malfunction while in flight. Covering these ports while the aircraft is parked, regardless if it is parked outside or in a hangar, is essential. So is providing aircraft engine covers, especially for aircraft that operate in sandy areas like the Middle East. Sand can contaminate the inside of the engine, causing vibrations, high fuel consumption, higher engine gas temperatures, and clogging the cooling hoses.
An aircraft’s water system should be regularly drained, especially in cold, wintery environments where condensation can occur. If it isn’t, cracks and leaks can cause a cascading number of other issues, especially if water reaches any of the avionics.
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Despite what you may think, the wings on an aircraft are used as storage. No, it is not your excess luggage, it is actually the fuel for the plane. Aircraft have between three to five fuel tanks which the engine pulls from. As you would expect, one of the fuel tanks is located in the center of the aircraft, but a fuel tank is also located in each wing.
An aircraft is able to fly when the force of lift is greater than the force of weight. The wing design helps to create lift. When fueling an aircraft, the weight of the fuel needs to be considered. If the fuel is stored in an area such as the nose or tail, the center of gravity of the aircraft will be thrown off center. As the plane uses up more fuel, a shift of momentum will occur therefore jeopardizing the equilibrium of the aircraft. To ensure that the aircraft is stabilized, the aircraft engine will draw fuel from the central fuel tank first before it is taken from the wings.
In a similar situation, fuel is stored in the wings to act as a counter stress during take-off. During this critical flight mode, the aircraft is under a lot of stress from the aircraft’s mass. This is the key moment in which lift must overpower all the combined weight of the aircraft. Fuel in the wings keeps the angle of the wings level during takeoff. Without the weight of the fuel within the wings, there is the possibility that the wings would snap under the pressure. With this in mind, refueling begins with wing fuel tanks before moving onto the central fuel tank.
If there is a common theme, it is that fuel means weight and weight means stability. Wing flutter refers to the occurrence of vibration on the wings caused by the moving airflow. In all fields of mechanics, vibration is never a welcome occurrence. Vibration can cause significant damage to a component, so it is important to mitigate any and all vibration on the aircraft wings. Storing fuel in the wings provides rigidity to the otherwise hollow wings. Pressure is alleviated on the interior infrastructure of the wings as the fuel stabilizes the wing.
One reason for storing the fuel in the wing that is not related to weight is safety. Due to the flammable nature of fuel it is best to store fuel as far away from the passengers as possible. While this can’t always be the case, storing at least some of the fuel in the wings helps to increase the overall safety of the aircraft. From a cost and design point of view, storing the fuel in the wings increases the overall efficiency of the aircraft. If the fuel was not stored in the wings, the overall size of the aircraft would need to be increased to accommodate fuel tanks.
The storage of fuel is carefully considered in terms of the weight it adds to the aircraft. Not only should the beginning weight be considered, but also the rate at which the fuel is consumed. The wings inadvertently became the perfect storage facility.
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Aircraft engine mounts are the large structures that connect the engine to the aircraft. They distribute the weight of the engine evenly, while disseminating the torque and vibration produced. These parts of the plane endure rigorous stress and must be extremely durable.
Most mounts are made from tubular steel chrome-molybdenum that is welded together. This construction allows them to be lightweight while maintaining durability. The mount is then sandblasted, and powder coated in a variety of bright colors (typically white), to allow easy visibility of cracks or defects on its surface.
Modern four-cylinder engines use mounts that share a resemblance to one another. The engine is fastened to the mount in the back or on the underside of the crankcase. Aircraft engine mounts come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including conical mounts, dynafocal mounts, bed mounts, and shock mounts.
Conical mounts are simple to create and assemble. A conical mount has four attachment points, which run parallel with the firewall, and avoid any awkward angles when installing the bolts and shock mounts. One disadvantage of this style is that vibrations caused by the engine torque get transmitted through its frame.
The bracket dynafocal mount has the capability to cushion engine vibration and movement, which results in a significantly lower amount of noise. The engine is fastened by four attachments and require a bit of an angle to function properly. The main drawback of this engine mount is the difficulty in its build, construction, and installation. Bed mounts are more commonly found in a Rotax engine or planes sporting a diesel engine. The engine is mounted using four attachments that are located underneath the crankcase, which then hang onto the firewall.
Shock mounts provide a smooth flight experience. The engine isn’t bolted directly onto the mount as we see in the construction of the other mounts. Instead, stiff rubber shock mounts of varying strengths and thicknesses are used. The addition of the rubber shock mounts soft naturally reduces the amount of vibration and movement, allowing for a much smoother flight and running engine.
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