In the aviation and aerospace industry, it’s essential that those working in the maintenance and supply chain sectors take care of the tools and resources being used. Even things as simple as electric wires and cables can suffer damage from overuse and while they may be readily available at some stores, they should still warrant great care. Replacing too many tools can accumulate financially, so it would be wise to do everything possible to extend the life of such tools. Below, you can read some helpful tips on ways to make your cables and electric wires last longer. 

Maintain Records of the Cables / Wires in Your Possession 
A helpful tip for almost any item significant in price or functionality, saving paper records and documentation can potentially help you extend the life of your wires. Not only should you document the date of the installation for your cables or wires, you should also make notations of the causes of every single failure that may occur. This helps you pinpoint failure at its root cause, highlight areas where the biggest issues occur, and aids with developing a preventative plan to catch failures before they occur. 

Make Cable Reel Adjustments
From time to time, it’s advisable that you reverse the cable ends to prevent one end from experiencing prolonged exposure to high temperatures and other harsh environments. Another recommendation that experts give for cable life extension is maintaining proper tension with your cables and keeping them tied to prevent from backs pooling. Lastly, ensure that you’re aware of any voltage drops because if it is left unaccounted for, it can lead to overheating or machine failures. 

Control your Environment 
You can extend the life of your cables simply by controlling the environment they are in. This can be implemented by simply avoiding any kinking or twisting, and also by avoiding any heavy machinery from rolling over the wires. Finally, and very importantly, keep the wire and cables away from any elements the application does not have to be exposed to (e.g. direct flame).

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As a multitude of things that we rely on everyday utilize power through electricity, it is important that there are various safeguards put in place. With systems such as circuit breakers and switches, we can rest easy knowing that we and our homes are protected from electric shocks, electrical fires, and more. Although most buildings and homes have these safeguards in place, many people do not know the difference between the two. In this blog, we will discuss the difference between a circuit breaker and a switch, and how they both work to protect different things.

Circuit breakers, also referred to as fuses, are installed on the main switchboard and serve as protection to electrical circuits. When the circuit breaker detects anomalies such as an overload or a very high flow of current, it automatically disconnects the power. These surges can be caused by short circuits, too many systems plugged into a single point of power, overloads, and more. By shutting off the power, the circuit breaker can protect the wiring, appliances, and home from damage and fire.

Safety switches are also installed onto the switchboard, and are most often a requirement for any home or building. Switches work to detect current that is passing through wiring and automatically shuts off power if there is an imbalance. This is done in milliseconds, and works to prevent electrocution by stopping a current before it can enter a person. Whether weather or bad appliances cause an imbalanced current, the safety switch will act fast to protect those using power.

Although they work similarly to monitor and shut off power during anomalies, their differences lie in the fact of what they protect. A circuit breaker works to protect electronics, wiring, and appliances, but does not provide protection against electrocution. Safety switches on the other hand, prevent electric shocks and electrical fires, protecting people. Both are important devices, and understanding the differences between the two increases your safety.

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Drones, formerly known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, have been present as far back as the 1800s when its primitive model was unveiled in the form of a balloon carrier. In this decade, drones have become widely known and coveted because of the many uses that it can achieve. From wildlife surveying to military operations, a drone can be useful in just about every field and industry. Below, find a brief description of the many drones types there are and the purposes they serve.

Search and Rescue: When a person goes missing, drones are often used to survey the areas where the missing person was last suspected to have been in. Drones are used to search for clues, as well as the person themselves. Drones are especially useful for areas that are difficult for people to cover, such as mountain ranges, wide spans of fields, and forests.

Science & Research- Drones can be especially useful for scientists and researchers needing to collect data. They have been used to help scientists observe different occurrences in nature or a particular environment from the sky. For example, drones are used to document archaeological excavations, measure contamination at nuclear accidents, observe volcanic eruptions, etc.

Unmanned Cargo System – Drones also serve in delivering lightweight packages and bundles of other shipments. People use drones in this way so that they can guarantee a safe, environmentally friendly and fast transport of goods by air.

Aerial Photography & Video: Many civilians like to use drones for recreational purposes, oftentimes by attaching a camera to the drone so that it can capture images and video otherwise difficult or impossible for one person alone to capture. With a drone that is equipped with an HD camera, you can collect superior footage of events or natural phenomena, while also  building up a creative portfolio.

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With the great complexities and abilities of aircraft and space vehicles, it comes with little surprise that aerospace components are built with the greatest amount of precision possible. Aerospace and aircraft parts undergo situations with very high pressure and altitude during operation, and thus require great ability of functionality under these conditions.

Currently, the only method that provides reliable production of complex aerospace components is through Computer Numerical Control machining, or CNC machining, which dictates the movement of machine tools for part formation through pre-programmed numerical control, providing a very precise and automated process. CNC machining is also cost effective, driving its popularity and use by the industry. There are many benefits to having precise, machined aerospace parts, such as those for national defense, social and cultural blending and exposure, as well as space exploration.

Within the national defense sectors, precise parts help provide the military with the ability to protect their citizens with very advanced systems such as missiles, long range bombs, fighter jets, and transports. In social and cultural aspects, precisely built aircraft enable the ability for people to travel the world, share their experiences, and gain exposure to many of the diverse cultures of others. Lastly within space exploration, the ability of creating precision parts with machining makes breaking past our atmosphere a possibility and enables us to conduct research on the galaxy and beyond. There are also great benefits of machined parts in many other sectors beyond aerospace, quickly creating new abilities and technologies across the world.

Precision parts in aerospace machining will continue to create safer and more technologically advanced parts used for aerospace and beyond with the ever evolving industry. Precise production of aerospace parts through CNC machining and precision parts also continue the growth of standardization and regulation for better and more advanced parts for trade, implementation, and use for aerospace technologies.

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For the uninformed outsider, aircraft can be dizzyingly complex and difficult to understand. Fortunately, this blog is here to break down the different components of an aircraft’s body, and what their purpose is. 

The first and most important part of an aircraft is the fuselage. The fuselage is the main body of the aircraft, to which the other components are attached to, and the part that contains the cargo and passengers. 

Placed at the head of the fuselage and near the nose of the aircraft is the cockpit. The cockpit is the control center of the aircraft, where the pilot (or pilots) and crew are situated, and where they manage the aircraft’s various systems and control its flight-path. 

The next part is the powerplant. In an aircraft, this takes the form of either a piston engine (like the engines in automobiles) that drives a propeller, or a gas turbine engine. Either way, the powerplant provides the thrust that propels the aircraft forward, as well as the hydraulic and electric power needed to operate the various systems on the aircraft like interior and exterior lights, control surfaces, avionics, etc. 

Located in the belly of the fuselage, the undercarriage includes the aircraft’s landing gear. Consisting of a set of wheels in either a tricycle or tailwheel configuration, the undercarriage supports the aircraft when it is on the ground, taking off, and landing.

Obviously, the wings are two of the most important parts of an aircraft’s body. Wings are designed to provide lift to the aircraft, allowing it to fly, while also decreasing drag and managing the airflow around the aircraft. They also allow the aircraft to glide if the engines are shut off and let the pilot adjust their descent rate.

Most commercial aircraft also feature horizontal stabilizers at the back of the aircraft, in the tail. Taking the form of a pair of miniature wings mounted on the tail of the aircraft, they control the aircraft’s speed and pitch (how far up or down the nose of the aircraft is pointed). 

Paired with the horizontal stabilizers is the vertical stabilizer, built into the tail of the aircraft. The vertical stabilizer controls the yaw motion of the aircraft, pointing the aircraft’s nose left and right, and also prevents the plane from moving laterally when wind or turbulence affects its flightpath. 

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A Commercial and Government Entity Code (CAGE) code is a  unique 5-digit alphanumeric identifier assigned to suppliers to various government and defense agencies, as well as government agencies. Any organization wishing to be a supplier for the Department of Defense or bid for government contracts is issued a CAGE code by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Though issued by the DLA, other countries can be assigned a NATO Commercial and Government Entity Code (NCAGE), which are legitimate under the NATO Codification System (NCS). 

Obtaining a CAGE code for manufacturers is essential to any business who wishes to do business with the DoD. There are a few bureaucratic steps to take before receiving a CAGE code, however the good news is that there is no application fee. To begin, a business must obtain a data universal number through the data universal numbering system (DUNS). The application can be completed online or over the phone. Businesses should expect a wait time of 30 business days or so, but there is an option to expedite the process. 

Next up, a business must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) database to do business with the Department of Defense. You can register on the SAME website, but be prepared to have all the necessary information, which includes: DUNS Number, legal business name, physical address matching the registration, taxpayer identification number, and taxpayer name. Additionally you will need your banking details to hand such as your bank routing number, bank account number, and bank account type. 

After receiving your DUNS and registering with SAM, you can go ahead and complete the online forms to request a CAGE code through the Defense Logistics Agency. The DLA will verify your application and then ask for additional verification needed before processing the application. Be on the look out for this request, as you a response is required from you within five business days. Finally, the DLA will submit your update your record in SAM and notify your business if it is eligible for contracts of grants issued by the government. If you business includes more than one facility, then you will need to obtain multiple CAGE codes; each location needs its own CAGE code. Once you have completed all the necessary steps and obtained your CAGE code, you may be wondering when you will have to repeat the process.  CAGE codes usually have an expiration period of 5 years.  If your business information hasn’t changed in that time, the application process should be straight-forward and relatively painless. If you applied for a CAGE code prior to August 26, 2016 however, the good news is that your CAGE code has no expiration date. It is always useful to stay up to date with the latest DLA rules and regulations.

At ASAP Aerospace, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we have a wide-ranging list of CAGE codes for you source parts from. Our helpful search engine lets you type in the exact CAGE code you need. As a premier supplier of parts for the aerospace and defense industries, we’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts you need. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at +1 (714) 705-4780.

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Modern aircraft are replete with electrical systems, for everything ranging from controls and navigation, to interior climate management and lighting. Of course, these systems need connectors to transmit power and data. Electrical connectors can be found in the airframe, control panels, engines, landing gear, cabin, galley applications, and sensors. Ranging from Amphenol high-speed connectors to expanded beam solutions, connectors fulfill numerous vital functions on an aircraft. 

Connectors, contacts, and cable harnesses are vital to the proper operation of modern aircraft. With the next generation of aviation technology including improved navigation, fuel systems, flight and data management, communications, power generation and distribution, and in-flight entertainment, connectors need to be high-speed, high-efficiency, and have high bandwidth capacities. Weight is also a critical concern; because every extra pound an aircraft must carry means more fuel burned during flight, reducing weight can save thousands of dollars over the aircraft’s lifetime. 

More and more aviation designs feature embedded systems that handle navigation, communications, and other critical functions. This has led to reduced weight while increasing transmission rates and bandwidth. The best aviation connectors are both high quality and rugged, while meeting industry specifications and requirements like the Department of Defense’s MIL-SPEC, such as MIL-DTL-38999.

Electrical connectors must be compatible with data transmission protocols being used, and must be resistant to environmental factors like fluids, dust, heat, electromagnetic interference, and corrosion. They must also be able to carry different high-speed protocols, such as USB 2.0 and 3.0, Ethernet, fiber-optics, PCI 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0, and HDMI connections. Because cables must be routed through complex paths in the airframe, around corners and through holes, so special abrasion-resistant cable jackets must be used. They must also be non-flammable to prevent the possibility of an electrical fire. 

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It’s that moment. The aircraft has reached cruising altitude and the pilot has switched off the seatbelt signs, and you see the metal cart being pushed down the aisle. The air hostess eventually arrives at your seat and asks the question you have been waiting all morning for; “Coffee”?

Airlines are expected to not only get you from point A to point B, but also provide some level of hospitality. This differs, of course, in relation to flight time. A passenger boarding a 12-hour flight would expect far more than a cup of coffee, compared to the passenger boarding an early morning business flight. Although far from a generator or aircraft navigation system in terms of necessity or importance, dysfunctional coffee makers have the ability to ground an aircraft. Coffee makers are plugged into the electrical system and the water supply of an aircraft. If there is a minor problem with the coffee pot, there is the potential that it will affect the larger electrical circuit. 

The FAA released an advisory circular to help clarify the requirements of an electric domestic appliances such as a coffee maker. Overheat protection and overpressure relief measures should be factored into the design of the coffee maker. Once more, the coffee pot should have a circuit breaker device that automatically shuts off the device, isolating it from the main electrical circuit. As well as the mechanical safety features, the coffee pot must be safely secured within the galley. If the coffee pot were to fall during takeoff, landing, or turbulence, it may injure someone or cause damage to the aircraft, perhaps causing the aircraft to divert. Therefore, the FAA sets out regulations to ensure the coffee pot is safely secured to start with. 

With the short turn-around times that commercial aircraft are more and more subject to, passengers may wonder how stringently the coffee pot is maintained between flights. They need not worry, as the FAA even stipulates a self-cleaning function built into the coffee makers. While the FAA is thinking in terms of safety, a coffee that doesn’t taste burnt is always preferable. 

Though a coffee maker seems like an innocuous component of an aircraft, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of caffeine. A malfunctioning coffee pot can cause a series of costly delays and pack of angered passengers. On the other hand, a flight without coffee also results in disgruntled, possibly angered customers. The coffee pot is just another situation where the FAA rules and regulations should not be flouted. 

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When considering what aircraft safety cable to use on an aircraft, manufacturers should also consider whether an aircraft is equipped with high reliability capacitors. High reliability capacitors are often used in defense industries, emergency services, and space applications. Because of the demanding nature of these applications, it is incredibly important that every aspect of electronic equipment is trustworthy and reliable. 

Scenarios that might implement high reliability capacitors include stabilization of power supplies, conditioning of analog signals, aircraft controls, and more. In these functionalities, the failure of a capacitor could lead to a shutdown of the integrated system. There are two types of capacitor that are considered appropriate in these high-risk applications— multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) and polymer/tantalum capacitors.

MLCCs are typically found in space applications. They are utilized when a device needs higher capacitance and additional energy storage capabilities. MLCC’s are installed in the input or output filters of power supplies. They can also be integrated in capacitor banks. The leaded configurations can be customized according to their application, but the four most common are: “S” lead, finger “L” lead, thru-hole, and solid “J” lead. The number of layered capacitors can also be adjusted depending on the needed power supply. 

Polymer and tantalum capacitors are commonly integrated in defense industries. They offer high volumetric efficiency in a compact containment. These capacitors are ideal when high capacitance is needed in a small area. As a result, the components are known for their ease of access and reliability. These components have the highest assurance of reliability for applications where failure would be extremely critical or detrimental. These capacitors are able to achieve a reliability level of 0.0001 percent per 1,000 hours. 

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It’s always a good thing when an item is created to increase productivity and safety in the aviation industry. One of these improvements is with the safety cable— and just a tip, it makes an operator’s job so much easier. There are seven major benefits of using safety cables instead of lock wires: reduction of potential foreign object damage, improved access to tight areas, elimination of guesswork, reduced required training, elimination of injuries, user-friendly tooling, and a higher return on investment.

Safety cables produce two pieces of scrap when they are removed while lock wires produce many small fragments. Because of this, it is easier to keep track of safety cable fragments and they reduce the chance of them not being fully recovered and causing foreign object damage (FOD) to the aircraft. Safety cables improve access to tight areas because the tool and tool nose is short in length and can be rotated.

The cable also requires minimal training and eliminates guesswork. So you can forget having to determine how much wire to use or how many twists per inch it requires— all you have to do is string the cable through the fastener holes and the cable does the rest of the work. Using safety cables also reduces the likelihood of an injury occurring due to the fact that the traditional wire produces sharp ends when cut and the safety cables do not. The tools that accompany safety cables are comfortable to use. Safety cables are more expensive than lock wire; however, that should not stop a company from using them. Because safety cables are easier to use, it takes the operator less time to finish the project— increased productivity reduces cost and time— and is worth the investment.

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Thrust bearings are used in automotive and other transportation industries. They are used in propellers, engines, centrifuges, and generators. An aviation bearing allows parts that sit close together to rotate freely with significantly reduced friction. A thrust bearing facilitates rotation around a fixed shaft or axis. Different types of thrust bearings include ball thrust, roller thrust, fluid thrust, and magnetic thrust bearings. Different types of bearings are capable of handling different loads.

The ball thrust bearing balls sit between two grooved washers inside a ring and the balls are able to move. This type of thrust bearing is useful for small axial loads. The roller thrust bearing is similar to the ball thrust bearing, however, the bearings are rollers instead of balls and they can support larger loads. There are three types of roller thrust bearings: cylindrical, tapered, and spherical. The cylindrical rollers point to the bearing’s axis; they are inexpensive but wear faster than ball thrust bearings. The tapered rollers also point to the bearing’s axis and, when used in pairs, can support axial thrust in opposite directions and assist with the radial load; they are more expensive to make. The spherical rollers are circular and asymmetrical. They support combined axial and radial loads and permit performance when axes are misaligned.

Fluid thrust bearings, or hydrodynamic bearings, contain a pressurized fluid in place of ball or roller bearings. They have low friction and wear much slower than ball and roller thrust bearings. Different types of hydrodynamic bearings that are commonly used in industrial rotating machinery include: the flatland bearing, the tapered-land bearing, and the pivoted pad thrust bearing. The flatland bearing has a small load capacity and is commonly used as a bumper for momentary load reversal. The tapered-land bearing provides a higher load carrying capability. The pivoted pad thrust bearing has the highest load capacity out of the three and is capable of adjusting to changes in operating conditions. They are used in large turbines, generators, compressors, and gearboxes. They are also used in pumps in the power generation, oil, gas, and chemical industries.

Magnetic thrust bearings contain a magnetic field in place of physical bearings. They have low drag and accommodate high speeds. There are active magnetic bearings (AMB), passive magnetic bearings, electromagnetic (EM) biased magnetic bearings, permanent magnet (PM) biased magnetic bearings, radial magnetic bearings, axial magnetic bearings, and combination radial and axial magnetic bearings. The axial magnetic bearing, or thrust bearing, produce axial support for the shaft. Magnetic thrust bearings are used in electric meters, vacuum equipment, and heart pumps.

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Believe it or not, but one of the world’s largest commercial jets just got a bit bigger. Originally at a wingspan of about 213 feet, Boeing’s 777X is getting an upgrade to a whopping 235 feet. The longer wingspan is meant to increase takeoff ability, reduce thrust, and increase cruise altitudes, making the plane more efficient. But, the major downside to this extra-long wingspan, is that the aircraft will not be able to fit through the existing Boeing 777 gates. Because asking airports to build 777 gates with more clearance is impossible, Boeing made the last 12 feet of the wing tips foldable in order to fit through the gates. Additional locking pins and precautions will be used to ensure the wings don’t fold up during flight or unfold in the hangers. 

The body of the 777X is also the longest that Boeing has manufactured, measuring up to 252 feet long. It has a twin-engine which uses more fuel than a single engine. However, having a twin engine is beneficial in that if one engine gives out, it’s still possible to continue flying the plane until it is safe to land.

Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design have each designed an interior for the 777X. The options are essentially endless as there is a lot of space available in the cabin. The 777X is designed to seat 350 to 425 passengers.

Compared to their competitor, the Airbus A350-1000, the 777X has a larger cabin. It is about four inches wider because the thickness of the cabin wall has been reduced by two inches on either side. It also has larger windows--about 162 squared inches. It is also about 12% more fuel-efficient and costs about 10% less to operate. The first flight for the 777X is scheduled for later in 2019, so there’s quite a bit of buzz as new details are released. 

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When it comes to gaskets, using the right sealant to match the gasket and application is crucial and can even extend the life of a gasket. So, we’ve come up with a list of sealants that you should have on hand when working with an engine, transmission, differential, or minor repair.

  1. 1. Shellac is good for thin paper or cardboard gaskets mounted in low-temperature and/or low-pressure environments. It’s resistant to engine fluids, but not to many shop chemicals, so it’s commonly used for mounting thermostat, timing cover, or differential cover gaskets.
  2. 2. High Tack is a non-drying sealant used in similar applications to Shellac but can sustain temperatures of up to 500?. Because it is non-drying, it remains tacky and is resistant to kerosene, propane, and diesel fuels.
  3. 3. Form-a-gasket sealants are available in three forms, #1) fast-drying, fast-hardening; #2) slow-drying, non-hardening; and #3) brushable slow-drying, non-hardening. #1 is generally used for installing block expansion plugs, threaded connections, and to seal metal-to-metal flanges; #2 is used on cork and neoprene transmission pan gaskets; and #3 has the benefit of being brushable with various uses.
  4. 4. Copper gasket sealants are fast-drying and can help dissipate heat and promote even heat transfer between mating surfaces. They can also be used to fill small imperfections in metal surfaces. Because they can sustain up to 500?, they’re ideal for cylinder head and exhaust manifold gaskets.
  5. 5. Anaerobic sealants are designed to be used in applications where outside air is not available for the drying process. They’re good for side-of-the-road leak repairs, or places where there’s never been a gasket or a replacement is no longer available.
  6. 6. RTV Silicone sealants are good for up to 500?, 650?, and 750? based on the color. They’re effective sealants but can be used as a gasket themselves. There is also an “Ultra” RTV that is sensor-safe for newer electronic-controlled vehicle use.
  7. 7. Hylomar is a polyester urethane-based gasket compound able to sustain up to 500? without hardening or setting. Because it remains tacky, it makes repeated disassembly and reassembly easier. It can also replace a gasket.

At ASAP Aerospace, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we know the importance of a good sealant. So, as a premier supplier of aerospace and aviation parts and components, we made sure to stock the best gaskets parts and sealants at the most competitive prices. Just visit us at to get started. 

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As of June 2018, Textron Aviation has confirmed that production of the Cessna Citation X+ is coming to an end. The Citation X+ and its predecessor, the Citation X, which debuted in 1995, have enjoyed a more than 20 year run as one of the most sought after and luxurious private jets.

Nicknamed the “Lamborghini of the skies”, the Citation X, and eventually the Citation X+, has retained its crown as the fastest civilian aircraft in the world for the past two decades. However, it seems that headline grabbing speed is no longer enough to warrant continued manufacturing. When it comes to private jets, it seems that today’s consumers are far more interested in increased comfort and range than speed.

With room for 12 passengers but only a range of 3,500 nautical miles (nm), the Citation X+ has fallen behind its competitors such as the Bombardier Challenger 350 or the Embraer Legacy 650 which boasts a larger cabin and a range of 3,900 nm respectively. The Citation X+ found competition even within its own company with the Citation Longitude, a larger yet more agile jet that boasts a 12-passenger cabin one foot wider and four inches taller, and a range of 4,000 nm.

Unfortunately, the overlap of the Citation X+ and the Citation Longitude makes it difficult to justify the production of both. Manufacturers like Textron must make tough calls to survive in such a competitive market, especially since so many aerospace companies are constantly introducing more generous cabins and longer ranges. Still, fans can rejoice as the Citation X+ can still be enjoyed in the private jet charter market.

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Engines are the main power force behind powering a helicopter. The two most common helicopter engines on the market are the reciprocating engine and the turbine engine. Each engine has different properties that should be considered before owning or operating a helicopter.

The reciprocating engine also known as the piston engine is an engine typically used in small helicopters. A majority of training helicopters use this type of engine because it is easy to operate and is an inexpensive cost upfront and in repairs. The engine is powered by pistons that are connected to a crankshaft, once the pistons move up and down the crankshaft rotates. Power is created by the parts moving How Helicopter Engines operate back and forth internally. This engine is typically a labeled as a four-stroke engine as it operates on four different cycles to congruently produce power. The four-stroke cycle within the engine takes place a couple hundred times each minute and power are consistently being produced.

The turbine engine is a gas engine that is mounted on most larger helicopters. This engine is made up of a turbine, a compressor, a combustion chamber and an accessory gearbox assembly. Fuel is injected into the chamber and compressed, allowing for internal expansion, this expansion creates combustion gas. This gas forces the turbine wheels to turn to create power for the compressor and the gearbox. Once power is running, the combustion gas will be expelled through an exhaust outlet. The reciprocating engine and the turbine engine can both power a helicopter but, do so very differently.

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Superior Air Parts is a leader in procuring and distributing extra parts for the popular Lycoming and Continental engines. Their other pursuits include:

  • Manufacturing Vantage Engines
  • Manufacturing XP-Series Engines

Recently the company has chosen to bump up their product offers by delving into the world of cylinders and choosing to offer their customers Continental ready 0-170/A65 cylinders. This statement was given earlier in the year by Superior Air Parts head of their Sales, as well as their Marketing, department.

These new cylinders are fresh from the factory and come with a manufacture stamp of approval. While this cylinder did fall out of production there was enough pressure put on the manufacturer to force the cylinder back into production. The main customer for these cylinders are re-builders who are starting to restore classic planes who go to work on their cylinders and find that they are too far gone to fix. The need for new cylinders was so great that they have bound to re-hit the market.

The set that Superior Air Parts sell provides the customer with everything they could need to produce four, fully functioning, brand new cylinders. This kit hit the market at $5,895 to a hungry audience willing to shell out whatever money it took to get their hands on parts they had been hunting for, for months. The resurgence of these cores shows that if something has a high enough demand there is always a chance it could be brought back.

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Established in 1917 by Robert Hartzell, Hartzell Propeller is a global leader manufacturer of composite and aluminum propellers for certified, homebuilt and ultralight aircraft. Piqua, Ohio is the location of its headquarters.

On the other hand, Raisbeck Engineering is a supplier of aircraft adjustments for business and commercial aircraft. Their main goal is to improve passenger comfort and to convey better performance solutions.

On 24th July, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Hartzell Propeller and Raisbeck Engineering are working together on a new structural compound swept blade props for the Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, Hartzell Propeller’s exhibit will present a King Air 350 altered by Raisbeck Engineering with Hartzell’s latest structural compound over 250 cm diameter lightweight five – blade propellers.

The airplane will be exposed at Hartzell’s Booth 296-297 in the Main Aircraft Display Area during EAA Airventure july 24th through July 30th. Hartzell was the designer and manufacturer of the King Air propellers, while Raisbeck ran the flight tests for the STC, which is awaited soon.

JJ Frigge, Hartzell’s Propeller Executive Vice President said “By taking advantage of the aerodynamic effect of blade sweep, the strength of lightweight structural composites and robotic manufacturing technologies, Raisbeck and Hartzell have greatly improved performance across the board in all flight phases.”

The five blade swept propellers substitute the typical Hartzell four blade aluminum blade propellers. Furthermore, the vice President of Sales and Marketing, Lynn Thomas also added : “This lighter prop provides improved single-engine climb performance, unlimited life blades, increased takeoff acceleration, and is quieter. We are already receiving widespread interest from King Air 350 owners and operators in this high performance aftermarket modification.”

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Airbus Helicopters leading provider of helicopters recently delivered their first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation. This took place after the manufacturing company completed the formal acceptance process with France’s Defense Procurement Agency.

This new retrofit that is upgraded from the HAP to the HAD version includes the performance of more than 100 airframe modifications. This also includes the installation of more than 1500 new parts and over 250 electrical cables. In comparison to the older HAP version, the HAD Tiger has an advantage from the increase in maximum take-off weight, or the MTOW. It is also furnished with 2 new intensified MTR 390 E engines along with a new STRIX roof mounted sight system. This is completed with a laser designator that permits the Hellfire 2 air-to-ground missile to be launched.

This revamped retrofit is the first out of thirty six from HAP to HAD that has been ordered by France’s ministry of defense. Airbus Helicopter has created a new industrial organization for the new Tiger retrofit program. The manufacturing company combined both teams from its Military Support Center in France and their Tiger serial production Final Assembly Line.

The French Army Aviation Command believes the retrofit is a big priority for the French Army, and they will allow for them to have an improved weapon system. They praised the first HAD Tigers that have been “combat-proven” since 2014 and have showcased a wide range of capabilities.

Alexnadira Cros, the head of government affairs for France at Airbus Helicopters claims that they are very happy to have achieved their first delivery in alignment with the specifications of their customers. Cross states that the Tiger retrofit program will give France more capabilities in order to play out their demanding operational missions.

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SmartSky Networks has set plans to introduce its 4G LTE connectivity service for in-flights. They will be servicing this connectivity for their business jet operators around the United States starting in mid-2018. Once this connectivity is fully operational, SmartSky Networks will be the first provider that uses proprietary beam-forming technology in a network that is air-to-ground.

The company, which is based in North Carolina, describes this new network as an ecosystem that is open and possessing sixty MHz of unlicensed spectrum along with the 4G beam forming technology that transports a signal. This signal latches onto an aircraft to supply unrestricted access to the internet.

The company, Avionics, was one of the first to encounter the new technology at an event in Florida. This area of the United States accommodates one out of several of the network provider’s sites used for demonstration. New York City and Lincoln, Nebraska are a few of the additional areas. The company’s “evolved packet cores” have already been fixed and are operational in areas like San Jose.

Another demonstration that was similar in idea was given to a few different “early bird” installation partners (such as Duncan Aviation and Bombardier) last October. This new technology will not be tangible for mainstream among operators until the official target launch in mid-2018. This will be possible when the supplemental type certificates are obtainable. SmartSky emphasized that over 40 business aircrafts have applied for the STC processes and that they are underway.

SmartSky boasts that the service is able to provide ten times faster speeds and up to twenty times the bandwidth in comparison to other services in the market. Although the 4G LTE service will only be available for business jets, SmartSky has the goal of developing this network for commercial flights in the near future.

As experienced by users, the network connectivity has shown to supply and support the use of Wi-Fi activities seamlessly on all devices without the need of a special application. Users can easily connect to the network just like they would on land. Once they are connected and well above 10,000 feet, users have access to virtual private networks, and can send emails, texts and calls.

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Ametek MRO Muirhead Avionics now has the full capability to bench check, repair, and overhaul the Honeywell RTA-4B. Muirhead Avionics is an OEM-approved overhaul and repair station with services for flight data and cockpit instrumentation for civil and military aircraft.

The RTA-4B is the solid-state radar receiver and transmitter used in the RDR-4B Forward Looking Windshear Detection Radar System. It is capable of processing doppler radar pulses used to detect turbulence, wind shear, weather, and terrain, which allows flight crews using the RDR-4B system to receive advance warnings of wind conditions and both visual and audio wind shear warnings, which are issued 10 to 60 seconds before encounter. The radar automatically turns on when a wind shear event is detected, and the system alerts the crew. The RTA-4B also contains the circuits necessary to interface to the aircraft’s attitude reference for antenna stabilization, system integrity, self-testing, and fault memory.

The Honeywell RDR-4B is the newest version of the RDR-4A, adding wind shear processor and detection capabilities. In 1994, it was the first predictive wind shear system to be certified for commercial airline operation. Wind shear is a microscale meteorological phenomenon occurring over a very small distance, but has been a sole or contributing cause of many aircraft accidents. It can be caused by the transition from offshore to onshore, weather fronts, thermal wind, planetary boundary layer, and severe weather conditions such as thunderstorms. Between 1964 and 1985, wind shear directly caused or contributed to 26 major civil transport aircraft accidents in the U.S., leading to 620 deaths and 200 injuries. Effectively, the inclusion of wind shear detection is a huge advancement in safety technology.

As a result, MRO services for the RTA-4B is necessary and significant, being a viable and important addition to the MRO capability of Ametek MRO Muirhead Avionics.

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