The aircraft power plant, otherwise known as the aircraft engine, is the heart of the vehicle that provides for the generation of thrust and propulsion. Without some form of aircraft power plant, planes would not be able to achieve flight. Typically, the size and application of the aircraft determines which type of power plant is optimal, such that small planes are most often fitted with piston engines while larger planes may feature a gas turbine. In this blog, we will provide an overview of a few of the standard types of power plants and how they help aircraft achieve flight.


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When at an airport or while in flight, you may have noticed the curved wingtips of airliners that many aircraft feature. These curved wing tips are called aircraft winglets, and they serve a very important purpose for efficient and safe flight. There are also many styles of winglets that may be featured on a variety of aircraft models. In this blog, we will discuss what winglets are and their benefits to flight.


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With the many in-flight entertainment options that we have at our disposal today, it is interesting to think that most of them have not been around for very long. In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) traces its history all the way back to the 1920’s with the screening of Howdy Chicago for passengers as a means of advertising the movie. IFE was not the biggest concern of the aviation industry, and the technology to successfully implement it did not exist. Zeppelin flights such as the Hindenburg offered entertainment to its passengers, including a piano, bar, lounge, dining room, and more. Meanwhile, aircraft had much less means to provide such pleasures.


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When procuring components, one may see many different designated standards. Military standard parts in particular often confuse some, especially when deciding which part is best for their needs. Oftentimes, some may even face trouble discerning the difference between a military standard part and a similar component that is not. In this blog, we will discuss what a military standard part is, and the history behind them.


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Along with the constant evolution and change of aircraft instruments and components that commercial airlines utilize, airlines have begun looking towards the future of passenger seating. Over the years there have been many designs from various manufacturers and airliners for how we can revolutionize seating. From pod seating to outright removing all seats, finding a balance between comfort and profit is the main concern of designs. In this blog, we will take a short look at some of the differing designs that have come out in recent years.


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Virtually all types of machinery used in day to day life are reliant on pneumatic and hydraulic power systems. From car brakes to construction equipment, from elevators to automated doors, hydraulic and pneumatic systems allow for actuation and control over devices that is efficient and responsive. While they share many similarities, and sometimes share components like pumps and valves, hydraulic and pneumatic systems differ in how they provide force and control for their attached actuators.


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Bearings are a critical component for numerous primary and auxiliary systems in aircraft, such as navigation, landing gear, flight controls, generators, hydraulic pumps, and cabin climate control. Choosing a specific bearing is more than finding the best and most inexpensive deal upfront, however. When considering a bearing solution, the total life cost equation should look something like this:


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Airplanes are an intricate feat of engineering and the components that combine to make one are equally complex. There are five pieces that make up an aircraft that we will be covering in this article.


The largest component on an aircraft is the fuselage. Also known as the body of the plane, the fuselage houses the passengers and pilots, cockpits, and cargo. It is the hub of the plane connecting all the other parts of the aircraft.


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The chances are that your bedroom window is either square or rectangular. Your airplane window, however, will always be circular While this is an obvious statement, the fact that your house is designed to stay on the ground while an aircraft is designed to fly in the air explains the difference in window designs. Unlike your house, an aircraft is subject to differing levels of atmospheric pressure, which must be considered when designing aircraft windows.


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The Pilot in Command (PIC) and the co-pilot share responsibilities and control of the aircraft, but the PIC is ultimately responsible for the aircraft, crew, and passengers. In certain operations, the PIC may also be titled the Captain and the co-pilot may be titled the First Officer. Regulations do not govern which seat the Pilot must sit in. However, in a fixed wing aircraft, it’s traditional for the PIC to sit in the left seat and the co-pilot to sit in the right seat, so we wonder why it’s often the opposite for the pilots in a helicopter. Well, it’s all about the design of the helicopter and the fact that most people are right-handed. And what does handedness have to do with where they sit? It gives them an operational advantage.


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When original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are producing parts and equipment for interior design, they can face quite a few challenges. With such close interaction with passengers, interior design must simultaneously provide excellent customer experience, and efficient and low-cost maintenance and operations of an aircraft. The three main design parameters that a manufacturer must consider include the demand for fuel efficiency, fast manufacturing speeds, and aircraft security.


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Polymers are made by joining together many monomers and create large molecules. Plastics are composed of chains of polymers; they may be shaped when soft, but once hardened, they are no longer malleable. Some of the different types of plastic include polyethylene terephthalate (PETE or PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene or styrofoam (PS), polycarbonate, polylactide, acrylic, acrylonitrile butadiene, styrene, fiberglass, and nylon. Polymers are resistant to chemicals, they are heat and electricity insulators, they are light, have varying degrees of strength, and can be processed in many different ways. Some of the ways that plastics are used in aerospace industry to increase efficiency are in the creation of aftermarket components, aircraft interiors, aircraft exteriors, and 3D printing.


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Technology is rapidly changing the world of aviation. The newest technology is constantly flooding into the cabin, making sure passengers are getting the best In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) possible. The old days of one tiny monitor for every four seats is no longer the standard. IFE today is moving towards the best surround sound, WIFI, touchscreen displays, and interactive maps. The development of this new technology in IFE provides the passengers with the amenities of first class while still riding coach. Here’s a look at five of the most interesting IFE ideas airlines are looking at.


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