Within the realm of aviation, there are many types of vehicles that fall under the Federal Aviation Administration’s official definition of aircraft. These include airplanes, rotorcraft, airships, gliders, paramotors, and hot air balloons. In regards to airplanes in particular, they are described by the FAA as a fixed-wing aircraft that are heavier-than-air and engine driven. While a plethora of fixed-wing aircraft types exist for various civil, military, and government applications, most share common major components that allow them to perform flight operations with ease. Across all fixed-wing aircraft types, the common major components include the fuselage, wings, empennage, and landing gear.
When operating systems that require constant uptime, such as servers or telecommunications equipment, the loss of power may cause significant issues and setbacks. To prevent such occurrences from happening, one should always invest in an uninterruptible power supply. An uninterruptible power supply is an electrical device that may be implemented to provide emergency powering when the main power supply source fails. While comparable to standby generators and emergency power systems, a UPS utilizes charged batteries to provide almost instant powering and protection to a system.
The Fixed Base Operator (or FBO) is a commonly used term in the business aviation industry. However, despite this, few people really know what a Fixed Base Operator is. The term originated in the United States after World War I, a time when the aviation industry was essentially completely unregulated. The majority of pilots were either stunt performers (called barnstormers) or very short-distance commuter pilots in retired military aircraft. These pilots would often land in open fields on farms where they would make camp. These temporary bases were the original civilian airfields.
Bearings of all types, despite being small parts, play a crucial role in the reliable, long-lasting performance of any aircraft. Sufficient care and maintenance of bearings will extend their lifespan, minimize downtime, and allow them to withstand harsh conditions. All of these factors will inevitably lead to lower costs of ownership for your aircraft. This blog will explain eight tips you can use to ensure the reliable performance of your bearings for a long time.
Random Access Memory, commonly known as RAM, is a type of computer memory that can be read and changed in any order, typically used to store dynamic data and machine code. RAM is a critical component of the computer hardware found in desktop computers, laptops, gaming consoles, smartphones, tablets, and more. In its simplest terms, RAM is the memory space electronic devices used to store the varying small pieces of information on said device. RAM is most commonly in the form of integrated circuits, a type of computer chip. Integrated circuits are a volatile chip, meaning the information stored on them is lost once the device is turned off. RAM consists of both multiplexing and demultiplexing circuitry to connect the data lines to the proper storage system for reading or writing the entry. RAM computer hardware components have multiple data lines and are considered 8-bit or 16-bit devices.
The average age of a commercial aircraft in the United States is over 15 years old, with many more private and general aviation aircraft much older than that. While that may be surprising, proper check-up, aircraft maintenance, and repairs can keep a plane virtually as good as new for a very long time. However, over time, all aircraft can fall victim to corrosion. Aircraft are most vulnerable to two types of corrosion, galvanic and concentrated cell.
When building a computer or replacing parts, it can sometimes be confusing to know what is best, or what every specification means for a certain item. Components for computers are also always evolving with new abilities, speeds, and more. When it comes to RAM, understanding the specifics of their use and specifications can help you to make a more educated purchase when it comes time to build or replace.
When dealing with the complexity of aircraft parts both electrical and hardware, it’s easy to overlook something like your aviation headset. Even easier to forget is the headset plug. However, the headset plug you choose is an important decision every aviator should take seriously, like you would any other connector in your aircraft.
In the realm of aviation, stalls are caused when lift is quickly replaced by turbulent drag. Aviation stalls are not to be confused with a mechanical problem such as a stalling aircraft engine as aircraft stalls are caused by too high of an attack angle at a slow speed. When the angle is exceeded, airflow from the upper surface of a wing separates, causing a loss of lift and thus a loss of altitude. While pilots are trained on stall situations and how to pull out of them, there are also many technologies that have been designed over the years to help prevent stalling, give warning to the pilot, as well as provide characteristics of the stall that are easier to pull out of. In this blog, we will give an overview of a few of the more common types of devices that provide favorable stall characteristics.
According to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), people may not legally operate an aircraft that has not been deemed airworthy. From required annual inspections to approval of parts for maintenance, aircraft and their parts undergo many certifications and inspections to ensure that they are airworthy and legal for use. While it may be simple to understand the reasons we demand that aircraft are airworthy, the details in what qualifies a part as “airworthy” can be complicated. With many set regulations in place, what makes an aircraft part considered airworthy?
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