Avionics are defined as the electronic systems found on aircraft, spacecraft, and satellites. In fact, it is these systems that make flight possible, allowing pilots to operate aircraft safely. The term “avionics” comes from combining “aviation” with “electronics,” and it is a term familiar to many in the aerospace world. In this blog, we will cover the seven systems that make up the basics of avionics.

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If you own or operate an aircraft, it is important that the vehicle is well maintained to uphold performance, safety, and reliability of all parts and systems. It is often required to carry out various types of inspections on a regular basis, and regular maintenance can prevent the chance of needing to carry out costly and time-consuming repairs. As such, one should become familiar with the basic types of maintenance that must be carried out, alongside common tips to extend surface lives and deter wear and tear.

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Stealth aircraft are designed to remain undetected by using a variety of technologies that reduce the reflection/emission of radar, infrared, visible light, radio frequency, and audio, all of which are under the umbrella of stealth technology. Stealth technology, or low observable technology, is a subdiscipline of military tactics and passive and active electronic countermeasures that cover a wide range of methods used to make aircraft, ships, missiles, and other vehicles or weapons less visible to radar, infrared, sonar, and other various detection methods.

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Every piece of machinery is important on an aircraft, and their largest parts, such as wings and the fuselage, are dependent on the smallest fasteners. Those miniscule pieces like bolts, nuts, rivets, and more, may be much more commercially available, but it is just as important that they are aircraft-grade quality. AN, MS, and NAS standards have been created to ensure that the right components are continually used on aircraft to guarantee safety, even on a vehicle which regularly endures rough treatment. Commercial-grade fasteners are typically made of lower-quality materials such as low-carbon steel which have reduced tensile strength and resistance to corrosion. For this reason, it is crucial that one always chooses aircraft-grade hardware that is verified by its AN, MS, or NAS accreditation. Here is a short guide of relevant information for the various aircraft hardware available, all of which are offered on our website.

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Since engines wear out as a result of high temperatures, vibration, friction, corrosion, and damage from the ingestion of foreign objects, this combination of stressors, coupled with the high speed of the rotating engine, causes mental fatigue over time. To ensure your engine remains reliable and durable, routine engine maintenance is paramount. In fact, maintenance, repair, and overhaul operations can increase the service life of an engine, eliminating the need for extensive and expensive repairs in the long run.

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As aircraft are subjected to a wide-range of environmental extremes and unprecedented stressors, they may experience fatigue or structural failure over time. To be considered airworthy, aircraft undergo rigorous testing before being deemed safe and certified for flight. According to Boeing, equipment and structural failure accounts for about 20% of aircraft accidents, while mechanical failure is attributed for nearly 80%. 

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When certain devices conduct signal transmission for their standard operations, they may take advantage of frequency-domain multiplexing, that of which is a technique that serves to divide the total bandwidth into non-overlapping frequency bands for carrying separate signals. This is highly beneficial when one needs to send multiple independent signals over a single cable or optical fiber, and such multiplexing is made possible through passive RF filters known as diplexers. As a filter component featuring three ports, two frequency bands may share an antenna so that separate signals can be transmitted and received simultaneously. In this blog, we will discuss diplexers in more detail, allowing you to have a better understanding of how they are used.

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Aircraft are constructed to meet a specific set of requirements, and each component applied must be individually selected for a particular plane. This means that it is essentially impossible for any given aircraft type to share the exact same characteristics and design.

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Compressors, transmissions, drill presses, and other such apparatuses are all important assemblies for various applications and industries, and all of them share a reliance on an often overlooked component known as a quill shaft. Such components are quite small, coming in the form of thin, solid shafts that are designed to undertake the amount of torque that a larger shaft would. This is made possible through their ability to operate at higher stress levels, carrying torque similarly to a torsional spring as it twists along its length. Quill shafts have found implementation in various assemblies pertaining to diverse industries, and it can be useful to have a general understanding of their use.

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Sprockets have long been employed in machinery both large and small to help transmit power or move materials. These chain-driven devices are ubiquitous in cars, bicycles, specialized tools, and industrial machinery. In this blog, we will discuss how sprockets work as well as the different types that may be found.

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