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. 

ASAP Aerospace, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find or urgent aircraft parts and components. ASAP Aerospace is the premier supplier of aviation parts, whether new or obsolete. We have a wide selection of parts to choose from and are always available and ready to help, 24/7x365. If you’re interested in a quote, email us at or call us at +1-714-705-4780.

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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.

ASAP Aerospace, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find aerospace parts. ASAP Aerospace is your premier online distributor of whether new, old or hard to find, they can help you Cessna aircraft parts and Bombardier aircraft parts. ASAP Aerospace has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day.  If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, email us at or call us at +1-714-705-4780.

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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.

ASAP Aerospace, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find engine components. ASAP Aerospace is the premier supplier of Engine Turbines, whether new, old or hard to find, we can help you locate it. ASAP Aerospace has a wide determination of parts to browse and is completely furnished with a neighborly staff, so you can simply discover what you're searching for, at painfully inconvenient times of the day. In case you're keen on getting a statement, contact the business office at or call +1-714-705-4780.

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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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