As a vital element to aircraft operations, the electrical system ensures the proper functioning of numerous onboard systems and assemblies. Among these, the aircraft alternator in particular plays a crucial role in not only generating electrical power, but also charging the battery. However, like any other mechanical device, these complex apparatuses are prone to occasional issues. In this blog, we will explore the common problems of aircraft alternators, as well as provide troubleshooting tips to help identify and effectively resolve these impediments.


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Designed to securely hold objects together during various tasks and projects, clamps are versatile tools that play a crucial role in various industries and applications. From woodworking to metalworking, construction, automotive repairs, and more, clamps are indispensable for achieving precision, stability, and efficiency. In this article, we will explore the different types and applications of clamps, ensuring that you find the right one that suits your particular demands.


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While aircraft construction has been the result of more than a century of thorough research and experimentation, accidents and malfunctions still happen. When they do, backup devices such as the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and Ram Air Turbine (RAT) are able to take the lead so that the plane can safely complete its flight. RATs are an important device to get to know if you happen to own or operate a turbo fan engine powered aircraft. As the third line of defense in case of power loss, this device uses a turbine and surrounding air currents to keep the engine running, even when fuel has run out. Already having been used to successfully bring passengers and crew to safety during historical events like the “Miracle on the Hudson,” RATs are critical safety devices that have become standard on most turbine-powered airplanes.


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There exists many options to access the internet, including using a coaxial (TV) cable, fiber-optic cables, satellite internet, and DSL. The digital subscriber line (DSL) is a way to access the internet over a copper wire telecommunication line; this method accesses broadband and cable internet which is one of the most common forms of ISP providing internet access to customers. DSL connections offer faster download and upload speeds (5 to 35 Mbps) than most analog and digital modems (1 to 10 Mbps). As such, the main purpose of a DSL connection is to provide high-speed internet transfers, and to do this, splitters or DSL filters are used. To learn more about DSLs, be sure to read this blog post.


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Valve covers are essential components in automobiles that keep oil from leaking out of the upper part of the engine. As such, one of the most common causes of automobile oil leaks are faulty valve covers. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how to spot a bad valve cover, as well as know a good source to rely on when you require replacement parts. In this article, we will be discussing this, and more, so that you may have a deeper understanding of valve covers and their use in modern vehicles.


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When you are working with a stem-actuated control valve, you will require a seal that allows motion of the stem while also preventing processed fluids from leakaging between the steam and body of the valve. One popular device for such an application is a bellows seal valve, that of which is an accordion-like metal tube fastened to the valve stem and bonnet. As such, your valve will not allow for any fugitive emissions,” or any unwanted escape of substances, into the surrounding environment. With its unique design and applications across many industries, a bellows seal could be exactly what you require for your operations. For your better knowledge, this blog will explore the working principle of a bellows seal valve.


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There are a number of viscous fluids coursing through an automobile, whether they are used for cooling, lubrication, or both. Most engines like internal combustion engines are only about 33% efficient, meaning that the remaining 67% is generally wasted through heat energy and noise, all of which dissipate into the surrounding area through some means. With the amount of moving parts transferring an unprecedented amount of friction, oil serves as one of the most important fluids in a car.


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While the function of piston rings is obvious, that being cylinder sealing and oil control, another central function is carrying heat from the piston to the cylinder wall through direct contact. Since piston rings are made thinner for friction reduction, efficiency, and more power, heat transfer between the piston and cylinder walls has become more critical and more difficult on pistons. For high-performance engines, piston ring selection is particularly important and depends on how your engine will be used.


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Landing gear is the undercarriage of aircraft that allows pilots to takeoff, taxi, and land with ease. It is designed to absorb and dissipate the kinetic energy of landing impact; thus, reducing the impact loads imposed on the airframe. On small aircraft, landing gear consists of three wheels, two of which are on either side of the fuselage and one is positioned at the front or rear of the aircraft.


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Computer memory is an electronic device that stores data for quick access. We cannot store or save any information without memory in the computer, and the system would not function properly. You will also find the use of an operating system, hardware, and software packages in a computer as well.


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As aerospace engineers look for innovative solutions to reduce component weight while advancing technology, the use of fiber optic systems has recently gained traction. While the lightweight, high bandwidth cable system has been used on various military aircraft since the 1980s, only recently has fiber optic cabling replaced copper wires in domains such as avionics and in-flight entertainment systems. In this blog, we will discuss the history and current usage of fiber optics in aviation and diagnostic testing techniques for such systems.


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Aircraft powerplants, more commonly referred to as engines, are the apparatuses that burn fuel-and-air mixtures for the means of creating the energy necessary for sustaining heavier-than-air flight. While aircraft come in numerous shapes and sizes to accommodate commercial, defense, private, and scientific operations, all take advantage of two main types of powerplants. These include reciprocating engines and turboprop engines, and understanding the difference between each is important when deciding on powerplant solutions for your aviation needs.


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When an aircraft is parked outside of a gate or hanger, it is important that it has proper protection from the forces of wind and gusts. Without a means to lock the aircraft in place and secure flight surfaces, random movements of wind, jet blasts, or propeller wash can cause damage or even move a light aircraft. Many flaps, slats, and other control surfaces are designed to be constrained to specific ranges of deployment, and wind blasts can cause them to overextend and become either damaged or disconnected. To ensure that an aircraft is sufficiently protected from such hazards, components known as flight control locks should always be used.


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In the event that you've flown on a plane or even gazed toward one in the dark sky, you've most likely seen that the plane is outfitted with various brilliant lights. In case you're the more contemplative type, you may have even noticed that planes streak various arrangements of lights during landing and departure. So what is the purpose behind these airplane lights andtheir meaning? Read on below to see the reasons why these outside airplane lights were set up, the types of aircraft lights available and how they help with flight activities.


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In the modern day of aviation, a multitude of aircraft are reliant on turbine engines for achieving heavier than air flight. Through the compression and combustion of fuel and air mixtures, high amounts of thrust can be produced even at high altitudes where oxygen levels are lower than that of sea level. This ability to produce high levels of thrust and propulsion by turbine engines is due in part to their compressors, which require precise and advanced engineering to optimally operate.


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When utilizing an engine, there always has to be some system in place that can light the fuel. Over the last hundred or so years, magneto systems have served as a reliable method of igniting fuel for small aircraft and/or those with piston engines. Magnetos have many wide applications such as serving lawnmowers, chainsaws, and even certain vehicles. Magnetos are an electrical generator that has the ability to create a pulse of high voltage for spark plugs to produce ignition. In this blog, we will discuss how magnetos work in regards to aircraft.


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Although complex autopilot is a somewhat new and developing technology within the automotive industry, it may be surprising to some that this technology has existed in the realm of aviation for over 100 years. Although it has also taken much time to develop and continues to do so, the aircraft autopilot control system is a highly accurate and complex system and serves to ensure that flights are smooth, efficient, and safe. When flying, pilots have many jobs that they have to juggle from navigation, communication, responding to changes in weather, and even rerouting when unexpected conditions present themselves. With a smart computerized system like autopilot, pilots can have extra help to focus on what is most important in that moment.


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A helicopter shares some similarities with an airplane in that it follows the same principles of flight in order to take up off the ground. But the manner in which the helicopter achieves and implements this is vastly different. This aircraft is able to maneuver quickly back and forth because of the way that the helicopter interior parts implement the principles of flight. Below are a few descriptions of helicopters parts and the functions that they serve.


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In an electrical system, a switch is used to interrupt or direct the flow of current. All electrical appliances operate through switches, which are used to turn devices on and off. With so many switches available for so many different purposes, it is important to understand their distinctions and unique aspects. In this blog, we will break down the various types of electrical switches commonly used in household and office applications, as well as accessories that frequently accompany them.


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The definition of a fixed-wing aircraft is an airplane or aeroplane that is capable of flight using wings and lift force caused by aircraft speed and wing shape. The concept comes from a kite, where the wings allow it to glide through the air.


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Adhering to proper maintenance practices is of utmost importance in the aerospace industry. No aircraft is so tolerant of neglect that it is exempt from deterioration in the absence of inspection and maintenance programs, including the H-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Corrosion, wear and tear, natural fatigue, and chance failures all contribute to the overall functioning and safety of this aircraft. Proper maintenance isn’t only about replacing a damaged part; it is about the repeated proactive actions required for restoring or maintaining your helicopter. Common components that need to be replaced in these aircraft include rotor systems, avionics, fuselage panels, and turbine lines/hoses/connections.


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Composite materials are one of the most exciting components to be utilized in aircraft interiors over the last decade. For example, since their incorporation into airframe design, composites have grown to make up 33% of overall materials used in the airframe alone. The aerospace industry is expected to increase the demand for composite materials in various aircraft components by more than 200% in the coming years.


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If you’re new to aerospace and aviation, it can be a little difficult to try and figure out what all the terms mean, the nuanced differences, how they work, etc. A good example of new terms you may have heard is “turbonormalizing”. If you’re familiar with cars, then “turbocharging” might be familiar, but there’s no concept of “turbonormalizing” in the automotive industry.


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Cleanliness is a virtue. But, in aviation, cleanliness is a must. So, it’s important to follow a strict and regular cleaning maintenance cycle. As rotatable parts follow maintenance cycles, cleaning the aircraft should follow the suit. And, the best place to start is your aircraft manufacturer manual.  It’s important to consult your manual because you need to make sure that there won’t be subsequent damage to your aircraft. Certain materials don’t work with certain cleaning solutions and methods, so consulting your manual will prevent you from causing irreparable damage. Your manual will also include a list of recommended cleaning solutions and cleaning schedule.  


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