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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