Aircraft are complex vehicles consisting of a plethora of assemblies, systems, and components, and it is important that personnel, maintenance staff, and engineers have the ability to identify necessary information quickly and easily. With components known as aircraft data plates, labeling and identification is made easy for the means of enhancing risk management and the communication of vital information. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of aircraft data plates, allowing you to better understand the various roles that they serve, as well as the many ways in which they are implemented.
While conflated with the abilities of a power strip, surge protectors are electrical panels that offer more than just additional outlets. Surge protectors are an affordable way of protecting your electronic devices from unexpected power surges that can lead to irreversible electrical damage. In some cases, they may be called surge suppressors. This blog will cover how surge protectors work to guard your appliances and how to utilize them to mitigate the possibilities of a fire.
When a pilot is learning how to fly or is honing their skills, one of the most tricky procedures to master is landing during crosswind conditions. A crosswind is considered to be any gust of wind that is moving perpendicular to the direction of travel, and such conditions can have a heavy effect on the aerodynamics of an aircraft. While crosswinds may affect numerous vehicles that are on the ground, sea, or air, aircraft in particular are increasingly at risk as a strong enough gust can damage the undercarriage or landing gear of the aircraft during the touchdown process. In order to safely land on a runway in such atmospheric conditions, there are a number of common practices that pilots may use.
An important aspect of building your own drone is powering your flight controller. Failure to do this properly could result in smoke coming out of your drone, or even worse, a mid-flight failure that damages more than just your flight controller. There are four main methods you can use to power your flight controller: directly from a battery, using an ESC (electronic speed controller), a voltage regulator, or a power module. In this blog, we will discuss each method.
When designing aircraft seals and insulators serve as crucial components that may heavily affect the performance and safety of flight operations. Although seals and insulating materials may serve similar areas of an aircraft and share certain characteristics and features, both types of aircraft parts serve their own unique and important roles for assemblies. With seals and insulators both serving to increase safety and performance with their implementation within aircraft, having a basic understanding of each can be very useful when procuring or maintaining parts.
While much investment has been put into advancing the speed capabilities of aircraft over the years with higher engine thrust and refined structures, improving the technology that provides speed reduction has been just as important to aviation engineers. Whether slowing the aircraft down for a descent or coming to a full stop once on the ground, a number of devices and systems must work together in order to reduce the speed of an aircraft during operations as needed. With the use of spoilers and brakes, pilots can harness the forces of drag and aerodynamics to efficiently and safely reduce the speed of their aircraft during flight and ground procedures.
A proximity sensor is a type of sensor that replaces contact detection methods such as limit switches. Proximity sensors aim to detect an object without actually contacting it. It is able to detect the movement information and presence information of the object via electrical signals. It uses the displacement sensor’s sensitivity to an approaching object to recognize the proximity of the object and subsequently output the corresponding switch signal. Because of this, proximity sensors are commonly referred to as proximity switches. This blog will discuss proximity sensors in detail, as well as their application in aircraft landing systems.
In order to efficiently and successfully achieve lift and adjust the orientation of an aircraft for flight, the aerodynamic forces acting upon the airplane must be manipulated. In early aircraft, turning was often conducted through the warping of the aircraft wings, though this method proved to be inefficient and could risk failure. In modern aircraft, pilots can now rely on aircraft parts such as ailerons, which are one of the primary flight controls of an aircraft that allow for the governing of the longitudinal axis (roll). In this blog, we will discuss what airplane ailerons are, as well as how they provide aircraft control to the pilot.
As the aviation industry moves towards more green initiatives to reduce fuel consumption, decrease carbon emissions, and save money on operating costs, engineers are finding new methods in aircraft design and components to further realize such an endeavor. Reducing the amount of fuel that an aircraft requires for flight is a crucial undertaking, as fuel serves as the largest cost for most aircraft operators. Whether civilian or military, the operation of aircraft can reach upwards of $10,000 a year per pound of the aircraft just in fuel costs. In this blog, we will discuss some of the main ways in which aircraft design is changing to reduce fuel consumption including reducing drag, finding new methods of wiring, designing new equipment, and engineering improved engines.
While aircraft have revolutionized our capabilities of long distance travel and interconnectedness, they are still vehicles containing many complex and sensitive components that must be protected to ensure reliability. With a multitude of systems and aircraft parts moving and functioning close together, high amounts of heat and friction is often produced and may lead to heavy damages if left unchecked. To mitigate such forces and to maintain smooth and efficient operation, lubricants are utilized.
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