Aircraft inspections, maintenance, and overhauls are by necessity a lengthy and involved process. Even the simplest procedures must be inspected and verified to ensure that the aircraft is airworthy before being returned to the owner, a process that can last weeks or months if done inefficiently. To avoid costly delays, here are five tips for when you’re planning an aircraft repair, inspection, or overhaul job.

Firstly, know the MRO’s in-house capabilities. Most MROs and repair stations don’t have 100% maintenance capabilities, and cannot perform every possible task in-house. A repair station that specializes in structural repair might not be able to deal with an issue with the electrical connector system, for instance. This means that they will have to outsource, which is expensive and time-consuming. You don’t need a one-stop shop, but you should always research and keep in mind the common repairs your aircraft will need, FAA inspections and requirements, and what the prospective repair station you are considering is capable of.

Secondly, take an active part in the aircraft repair process. Provide the facility with discrepancy approvals as soon as they are detected rather than waiting for a later stage in the repair process. This will allow for a faster turnaround, and hopefully save money as well.

Next, be aware of the current and future maintenance status. Review your log books, and keep in mind what will need to be done in the near future, and see if you can integrate it into your current plans. If you are planning to refurbish your aircraft’s interior, for instance, see if you can incorporate other inspections and overhauls into what will be a several-week-long process to see if you can save yourself time in the future.

When you’re preparing your briefing on the aircraft for the maintenance crew, be sure to be detailed about issues you encounter while flying: when you lose aircraft engine power, when the control surfaces become unresponsive, when pressurization drops, etc. This information will make it much easier for the repair crew to hone in on the exact problem, accelerating the repair process.

Lastly, communicate! Give your contact information to the project manager of your aircraft, as well as how you prefer to be contacted so that you can respond quickly and effectively. Enabling some form of video and picture sharing can help as well, as it will allow mechanics to seamlessly show you what they are doing, and get your approval to continue.

In short: start early, plan deeply, and communicate ceaselessly. Do this, and your repair process should be drastically improved.

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A critical part of pre-trip planning is aircraft support equipment and supply considerations at the airport you will be landing at. When operating from remote or secondary/domestic airports, you may face supply restrictions or equipment shortages you would not encounter at larger airports. This checklist includes some of the most critical issues you should make sure you address before setting out.

1. Fuel availability: Always confirm that the type of aircraft fuel you need is available locally, and how that fuel is provided. Is it available from the hydrant, or by trucks? If by truck, how many are available on the airfield? In some cases, fuel has to be brought in from off airport, which increases lead times and the cost of refueling. At some locations fuel must be pumped straight from barrels, and at others is impossible to have fuel brought in.

2. Towbars: Many locations, including airports in India and Brazil, require operators to have a towbar onboard before they confirm aircraft parking. In other cases, you’ll need a towbar just to depart from an assigned parking stand. Not all fixed-base operators and ground handlers carry all towbar types, particularly for less common types of general aviation aircraft.

3. Airstairs, baggage loaders, and lifts: external stairs are often needed for large and widebody aircraft. In some places, the appropriate equipment is not available at the planned destination. You may need to arrange to bring in stairs from off airport, or in some cases, choose a different port to operate at. For some larger aircraft, the availability of baggage belt loaders and lifts for delivery are also a serious consideration. This equipment can be in limited supply at certain airports or due to peak hours of local commercial airline availability.

5. Oxygen availability: oxygen can be difficult to source at many destinations due to local airport or countrywide restrictions, as well as the capabilities of the ground handler’s storage. Particular restrictions may exist on replenishment of onboard oxygen box, and there may be liability issues in terms of suppliers.

6. Required additives: Fuel additives are not always available at all locations. Be sure to confirm in advance that they are available, or plan to bring some with you on your flight.

7. Cabin disinfectants: Some regions, such as India, Australia, and parts of Africa, require that the cabin be treated with an insecticide spray prior to landing. Typically, this means spraying the cabin at the top of descent or immediately upon landing, prior to opening the doors, then presenting the empty spray cans to the local airport authorities. These sprays can be difficult to source however and controlled or restricted at many locations.

8. Deicing fluids: For winter operations, it is important to confirm local availability of deice fluid and what types are available at the airport. Some local fluids may be corrosive to aircraft paint, and different airports use different methods for deicing. Some aircraft use “weeping wings” leading edge deicing systems and require replenishment as well.

9. Miscellaneous supplies: For larger aircraft, having ladders to put on engine covers or access engine cowlings is often a requirement. Depending on the aircraft, you may also need to bring along or locally source external headsets, as well as cleaning supplies, wheel chocks, and other equipment types.

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There comes a point where the maintenance of an aircraft is simply not worth the cost. Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars replacing an engine component or flight instrument, many aircraft owners and operators choose to turn the aircraft over to salvagers.

Although the instruments and parts lose their working value, they still hold a monetary value due to the materials they are made from. Unlike cars, aircraft are subject to harsh conditions that require specialized metals that can withstand high temperatures, pressures, and corrosion. Exotic alloys such as silver cadmium is used in switches and relays, mercury and chromium in gauges, and platinum in thermocouples. It would be hard to find these materials in various other mechanisms and the price to purchase these materials is significantly greater. Along with exotic alloys, gold is used in to make the circuit boards of an aircraft. It is estimated that a modern jet engine contains more than $15,000 worth of precious metals.

An aircraft cannot be dismantled and stripped at an MRO but needs to be taken to a specific site where the proper precautions can be taken. While the FAA governs all aspects of airworthy aircraft, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates the scrapping and salvaging of an aircraft. Scrappers with specialized knowledge should be consulted rather than simply abandoning the aircraft. With their expert knowledge, scrappers can assess the value of materials and give a fair price for the purchase of the aircraft. Finding a trusted scrapper can be difficult, however the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) is an international aircraft disassembly and salvaging association. With members such as Boeing Company, Embraer, and Rolls-Royce, AFRA is a safe and responsible way to scrap your aircraft.

Hazardous materials need to be handled with care in order to avoid any environmental damage through runoff. If the aircraft is equipped with a bathroom, the biological waste needs to be addressed using specific measures to prevent any human risk.

The owner of an aircraft can be held accountable if the aircraft is left unattended to corrode and break down. Owners may find themselves inundated with parking fees and state issued fines if they incorrectly abandon their aircraft. After all, this is littering to the highest degree.

All in all, an aircraft is an expensive asset even if it is no longer flying in the air. The scrapping process is not only a money maker, but also encourages the recycling of valuable materials that would otherwise go to waste and cause damage to the environment.

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A pressure sensor is a device equipped with a pressure-sensitive component that measures the pressure of a gas or liquid and converts the measured value into an electrical signal as an output. These are also referred to as pressure transducers or pressure transmitters and are used for controlling and monitoring pressure. Their day-to-day usage includes biomedical instruments, touch screen devices, and automobiles. Pressure sensors can also be used to measure other variables such as water level, altitude, and speed.

Before you select a pressure range, remember that the degradation of a pressure sensing element works similarly to that of an elastic band. When a rubber band is stretched and held at maximum length, it degrades faster and eventually breaks. It is a moving part, which means it can be overworked if it is continuously used at or beyond its maximum capacity. Pressure sensors work on the same principle, but instead of elastic, there is a thin diaphragm made of metal.

The diaphragm is designed to be sensitive to varying pressure forces; however, this does not mean that it can withstand other types of force applied to it. It is the most fragile part of the sensor and requires special attention when it is being used. Any occurrence that affects how the diaphragm moves will alter the sensors’ functionality. Certain impacts can cause a dent in the diaphragm, creating the potential for the sensor to be inaccurate. Even if the diaphragm isn’t physically damaged, any disturbance to the diaphragm can still cause the sensor output to drift.

Another aspect to consider when using your pressure sensor is managing the application environment, specifically, the operational temperature range. Ensure your sensor meets all the expected thermal requirements of the environment to avoid a troublesome situation. The external environment and temperature must also be compatible. If you are operating in an outdoor area that will be exposed to humidity or moisture, confirm that the pressure sensor casing has the appropriate user rating. The sensor must be composed of material that is suitable for any corrosive gasses or chemicals that may be present in the application area.

To avoid electromagnetic interference (EMI), make sure the sensor is wired and grounded properly per the manufacturer’s instructions. EMI can do more harm than altering the performance of the sensors; it can degrade or destroy them permanently over time. Be sure to monitor your sensor for any EMI damage.

It is possible for the pressure sensor to drift outside the recommended performance range after an extended period of time and use. This can be fixed with a zero balance or an offset adjustment; sensors with an adjustment feature have extended longevity. Manufacturers go to great lengths to reduce the drift caused by aging.

If you follow all of the aforementioned tips in selecting and caring for your pressure sensor, you will be able to enjoy a prolonged and functional lifespan.

At Purchasing Management 360, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the pressure sensor parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. 

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Connectors are one of the most common electronic parts in the market. Because there is such a wide variety of connectors and applications for these connectors, it can be difficult to know what you need for what purpose. Fortunately, the most common types of connectors are relatively easy to recognize.

  • D-type connectors are popular because they are quite robust. With rather tough outer shells in the shape of a “D”, they can be found in various standard sizes with 9, 14, and 25 pins. D-types are used in many different applications, but they’re most common as the connector for RS-232 serial links for computer serial ports.
  • DIN 41612 connectors provide for multiple connectors, typically 32, 64, etc. They are comprised of long rectangular plastic shells with connections in rows and are usually used as connectors for printed circuit boards or cards in computers.
  • Jack plugs are typically used for telecommunications and audio transmissions. They are the typical connectors used for simpler, lower-tier headphones and microphones. The standard size is a ¼ inch, but 3.5 mm miniature and 2.5 sub-miniature sizes are also available.
  • Phono connectors, aka RCA connectors, are the normal red, yellow, and white connectors used for domestic audio connections. They provide coaxial connections perfect to connect hi-fi separates.
  • XLR connectors are easily recognized by their metal outer shells and larger girth than the jack plug. XLRs are used in professional audio applications as opposed to being jack plugs because of their more balanced audio interconnection capability.

Of course, that is not to say that these are the only connectors, nor are these aforementioned uses the only use that each connector has. But no matter what application or type of connector you’re looking at, there are few basics to remember. For example, connectors are typically made up of two parts, a male with pins, and a female with receptacles for the pins. If the application in question subjects the connectors to extreme strain and environmental conditions, then you might need to look for connectors that are moisture, vibration, and heat proof. Or maybe, the application has small space restraints, in which case you need connectors with different outlines or degrees of flexibility. If the application is sensitive, you might need connectors with lower or high current and voltage capabilities and so on.

There are many things to consider when you’re looking for a connector. And while it can be very daunting because of all the things you have to consider and the options you have, it’s important that you take the time to figure out exactly what you need. It’s better to take the time to figure it out than to take the time to fix it and deal with problems later.

At Purchasing Management 360, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the connector parts and assemblies you need, new or obsolete. 

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IBM sold its first personal computer in 1981 which was an impactful moment in computer motherboard history. It included a planar board, which featured an Intel 8088 central processing unit (CPU), built-in memory, and external input/ output (I/O). This was a huge upgrade compared to the previous motherboards— they were large and clunky. Creating compact and advanced motherboards allowed computers to become lighter and more sophisticated.

A motherboard is the main printed circuit board and allows all components of a system to communicate with each other. It is the common link between all of the components of an electronic system. Parts made by different manufacturers are not always compatible with every motherboard. A specific motherboard will support a single type of central processing unit (CPU) and different types of memory. Motherboards have become much more complex since their initial launch. Currently, these devices vary in design, cases, power supply, size, and compatibility.

There is a socket on motherboards that are used to hold the CPU. These vary on different motherboards and they each contain different configurations for the processor pins. The socket determines the processor’s physical packaging that can be installed, and the motherboard chipset determines the specific processor model that can be used with the motherboard. Since random access memory (RAM) is updated frequently, it is important to choose a motherboard with more RAM capacity than initially needed.

The form factor is the shape and layout of a computer motherboard. It determines where individual components can go and the shape of the computer’s case. For certain applications, there are standard cases and specific form factors are used to fit them. A chipset connects the microprocessor to the rest of the motherboard and transfers data from part to part while a bus is a circuit that joins the components of a motherboard to one another. High-quality buses can handle more data at one time. Expansion slots offer the ability to add additional components.

When deciding which motherboard to use, it is important to consider all of these factors. Choosing the wrong motherboard can become an expensive problem to fix.

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Most aircraft utilize hydraulic systems, some more complex than others. These systems function using pressurized fluid based on Pascal's Law, which states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted equally in all directions such that the pressure ratio stays the same. The main components found in these systems are reservoirs, pumps (i.e. vane and spur gears, fixed angles), pressure regulators, accumulators, valves, and actuators and filters.

  • The reservoir holds enough fluid to supply the system for normal function as well as to caution against leaks. Reservoirs dissipate heat and air bubbles and remove contamination from the liquid.
  • The engine drives the main pump. The pump works by forcing liquid from the reservoir to the pump into the hydraulic system. A vane is a low pressure/high volume pump while a gear is medium volume/medium pressure pump. These pressure pumps are capable of pressures between 3000-3500 psi.
  • The pressure inside the system must be regulated in order to prevent damage. Typically, there is no restriction when it comes to fluid movement. However, when there is, the regulator prevents excess buildup of pressure.
  • An accumulator consists of two parts: one containing gas and the other containing working fluid. The accumulator can be used as backup pressure if the pump fails and also helps level pressure fluctuations.
  • The three valves found in hydraulic systems include check, pressure relief, and selector.
  • Actuators come in a wide variety and convert pressure into movement in order to operate the system. Filters keep the fluid inside clean. Contamination of the fluid can ruin valves, cause leakage, etc.

Purchasing Management 360 is a Trusted supplier of hydraulic systems, accumulators, relief valve pressure regulators, and other aircraft parts, new or obsolete. 

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If you like video games, you're probably like the rest of us and you can't stand to play a graphics intensive game with anything less than 75% resolution, even if you were willing to sacrifice resolution for fps (frames per second). After all, playing with low resolution means that you're missing out on a lot of details. But, what can you do? The graphics card determines how well your computer processes images, and a bad graphics card means a poor gaming experience. So, if your graphics card is outdated, it might be time for an upgrade.

When choosing a graphics card, it's important to consider performance, display, settings, and the types of games you'll play. It's also important to make sure the CPU being used is in excellent working condition because a top-notch GPU will not be able to perform optimally with a subpar CPU.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the newest graphics processing unit (GPU). It is also the largest consumer GPU that has ever been produced, with new features and higher performance ratings. Nvidia Corporation added extra transistors to the CUDA cores, tensor cores to accelerate learning algorithms, and RT cores to accelerate ray tracing. This unit has over 4,000 cores and 11 GB of memory. At a higher price, it is the fastest and most coveted GPU on the market. But, depending on what you're looking for, you might not need the most expensive GPU to still have an amazing gaming experience; there are many other more affordable GPUs.

While the central processing unit (CPU) is the core of any gaming system, GPUs and graphics cards are the most frequently replaced. They only last for about two years. It is important to find the most optimal GPU, one with the best price and best performance for your needs. Quality, noise level, power draw, and temperature are important factors to consider when choosing a GPU. But, if you can afford it, Nvidia's processing power still makes it something to desire.

Purchasing Management 360 is the premier supplier of computer memory parts and graphics cards for PCs, whether new or obsolete, we can help you find it 24/7x365.

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Plain bearings, otherwise known as bushings, are a type of mechanical elements that are used in machinery to provide a bearing surface that reduces friction between rotating shafts and stationary support while still offering support and bearing the load. When buying bushings, it’s important to know what types of bushings serve what kind of purpose best.

Plain Bearing

Journal bearings are commonly used to support the linear motion of engine crankshafts in large turbomachines. They are commonly hydrodynamic, meaning that they are separated by an oil wedge formed as the shaft rotates, and babbitted, meaning that they are lined with a soft white metal that supports fluid film lubrication.

Journal bearings

Sleeve bearings follow similar principles to journal bearings; however, they are generally used to support both linear and rotary motion equally. Sleeve bearings can be rather simple pressed-in devices made of a variety of materials such as bronze, graphite, or plastics to better suit their vast assortment of applications. Sleeve bearings are either plain cylindrical and pressed flush into a component or flanged and stand proud of the component.

Sleeve bearings

Spherical bearings are used in linkages and other such applications that involve angular rotation. They are commonly used in rod ends but can also be found in critical applications such as aerospace control linkages. Spherical bearings have an inner sphere that rotates angularly within the limits of the outer sphere with lubrication between the two to reduce friction.

Spherical bearings

Drill jig bushings are more for guidance than support as they are used in precision metal drilling operations. They are often made from harder steels than bushings normally and tightly tolerance to maintain the necessary accuracy needed for machining operations.

Drill jig bushings

Of course, in addition to the mentioned above, there are also plenty of different types of bearings for different types of applications to consider. And it can all be very overwhelming to think about. From application and industry-specific regulations for materials, shape, strength, and lubrication compatibility, there are many things to take into consideration when choosing the right bushing or bearing. Fortunately, there’s Purchasing Management 360. Here at Purchasing Management 360, we have one of the largest inventories of aerospace and aviation hardware parts and board level electronic components on the market. From generic bushings to aircraft-specific bearings and connectors, we have it all. So, check us out the next time you’re in the market for bushings.

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As engines get older, the risk of overheating increases. If an engine overheats, it can cause it to "blow" rendering it out-of-commission. Thermostat housings act as a cooling outlet for internal combustion engines. Coolant flows through internal ports, traveling through the engine block and cylinder head parts. From there the coolant reaches the thermostat housing, goes into the radiator, and is finally cooled.

There are two main types of thermostat housings, standalone and integrated. Both housings operate in the same manner, with the same results. In the past, thermostats were standalone units that were installed into the housing. This ended up becoming a problem because when thermostats would fail, the entire housing would have to be removed to fix it. While it wasn't a hard task to complete, housings failed quite often due to excessive overheating; overheating would, in turn, cause damage to the overall unit. Additionally, it would be difficult for mechanics to find a replacement unit that matched up with the old housing, and oftentimes the replacements were costly.

In the last 15 years, integrated units have become the most common type to be used due to their ease of replacement and the fact that they don't require extra work or special tools to complete the task. Since the integrated housing is a complete unit, there is no risk that the parts will not fit. This is the main reason why they're so popular in the automotive industry because when a repair is needed, the mechanic can simply replace the entire unit instead of going through the trouble of finding the correct fit.

Purchasing Management 360 is a premier supplier of aerospace parts. With a continuously increasing inventory, you can be sure Purchasing Management 360 will have everything you need and more. We will ensure all needs are addressed in a timely and professional manner.  Purchasing Management 360 is known for finding cost-effective solutions for hard-to-find parts. For a quote from a premier electronic component distributor, reach out to the main office by phone: 469-319-8300 or by email:

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