Flight instruments and navigation equipment are a critical part of safe flight. Parts such as the airspeed indicator, tachometer indicator, flap position indicator, temperature indicator, encoding altimeter, aircraft compass, and many more, have an important role to play. This blog will explain the main flight instruments and navigation tools, how they work, and why they are so important.
Electrical preventive maintenance (EPM) is among the most important tasks to perform in order to ensure the reliability and performance of electrical distribution systems, the longevity of machine service life, and the safety of personnel. It is particularly important in regard to overcurrent protection devices. For instance, in a circuit breaker, an unintentional time delay caused by a sticky operating mechanism can result in a dramatic and dangerous rise in energy. Despite this, electrical preventive maintenance is often done infrequently, inadequately, or overlooked completely.
After the first heavier-than-air powered flight conducted by the Wright brothers in 1903, aviation technology quickly began to develop through World War I and well beyond. Initially, aircraft technology and capabilities were very limited, and thus flight proved to be fairly dangerous. As aviation grew more commercial, industry leaders called for the government to create and maintain safety standards for the growth of the industry as a whole. With the establishment and governing of administrations such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airworthiness and safety of parts could be mandated through the use of standards such as the Technical Standard Order (TSO). Technical Standard Orders dictate a minimum performance standard that parts, materials, and appliances that are to be installed on civil aircraft must meet. In this blog, we will discuss Technical Standard Orders more in detail, exploring how they are approved and taken away, among other regulations and policies.
Oftentimes people get confused between the terms wires and cables, and will sometimes use them interchangeably. The truth is that they are distinctly different in that the former is a single electrical conductor, while the latter is a cluster of wires covered in a protective sheath. Below, you can read more about the different types of electrical cables there are in the market and which ones might suit you best.
The history of flight and aircraft spans across thousands of years, progressing from simple kites to the full fledged aircraft that we know and rely on today. While flight and aircraft as we are familiar with have existed for over 100 years now, it may be surprising that aircraft as a method of commercial transportation is a fairly new addition to our society that is still developing. In this blog, we will discuss the rise of commercial aviation through modern history.
The flight simulator market is estimated to have a growth from $5.7 billion to $7.7 billion from 2019 to 2025, all with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2%. The reason for this is because of the ever expanding aerospace industry and its needs. From the rises in commercial aircraft deliveries to increases in passenger air traffic, the need for more highly trained pilots is consistently growing. With flight simulators, pilots can safely, efficiently, and cheaply be trained and obtain expertise. Flight simulators also aid in accident investigation, which has seen an increase of interest with the new technological abilities simulators provide.
According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – the leading voice in consumer electronics and technology forecasting – consumer technology retail revenue alone will reach a staggering bracket of $400 billion US dollars. So how does a fairly new industry compared to staple industries like agriculture or healthcare, keep up with the big red ball racing down the mountain that is technology?
A semiconductor is a material that has partial electrical conductivity. Electrical conductivity refers to a material’s ability to conduct an electric current, and as the name implies, the conductivity value of a semiconductor is between that of a conductor and that of an insulator. Semiconductors have many useful characteristics such as the ability to pass currents in one direction, variable resistance to currents, and sensitivity to heat and light.
Just before the dawn of World War II, the Royal Air Force designated six flight instruments that would be installed in every single RAF aircraft. These guidelines were adopted by commercial and civil aviation manufacturers alike and came to be known as the “six pack.” The six pack consists of six instruments providing the pilot with constantly updating information of speed, altitude, ascension/descension, attitude, heading, as well as turning/banking. The individual instruments are the airspeed indicator (ASI), altimeter, vertical speed indicator (VSI), attitude indicator, heading indicator, and turn coordinator.
Integrated circuits, also called microelectronic circuits, microchips, or just “chips,” are assemblies of electronic components fabricated as a single unit, in which miniaturized active devices like transistors and diodes, and passive devices like capacitors and resistors, as well as their interconnections, are built onto a thin substrate of semiconductor material, usually silicon. The resulting circuit is a small “chip,” which can be as small as a few square centimeters, while the individual components can be microscopic in size.
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