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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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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The Dutch roll is an undesired phenomenon faced by propeller and jet engine aircraft alike, often causing an out-of-phase combination of yaw and roll movements that cause the tail structure to wag while rocking side to side. The Dutch roll motion typically results from a weaker positive directional stability as compared to the positive lateral stability, meaning that the restoring yaw motion will lag behind the restoring roll motion. This causes a slidelip to be generated in the opposite direction, reversing the process. As a phenomenon that all pilots want to avoid for efficient and smooth flight, aircraft of all types have introduced what is known as a yaw damper to their assembly.

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Simply put, a glider is an unpowered aircraft, or an aircraft without an engine. Although many of the same design, aerodynamic, and piloting factors that apply to powered aircraft also apply to gliders, the lack of an engine inevitably changes a great deal about how gliders work. There are many different types of gliders. For the purposes of this blog, we will cover how sailplanes work.

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An airplane fairing is any structure on an aircraft with the primary purpose of producing a smooth exterior and reducing drag. These structures serve as covers for gaps and spaces between parts of an aircraft, helping to reduce form drag, interference drag, and improve the aircraft cosmetically. Fairings are found on the fuselage, cockpit, elevator, stabilizers, cowlings, rudder, landing gear, wings, and more. As they perform an important function on so many parts of an aircraft, it’s no surprise that fairings are in high demand. This blog will analyze how the fairings market performed in 2019 and provide some insight into what the next five years might hold.

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On a standard aircraft, there are many types of antenna that may be located on the belly of the fuselage, the nacelle, or other various areas. Each have different functionalities as well, whether they are for communication or GPS locating. Nevertheless, antennas are very important for the optimal functionality of aircraft, and as their uses grow, so do their demand.

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Like all industries, the aviation and aerospace sector continues to see change and new developments, with the global in-service fleet expected to grow by 3.9 percent. Here are seven major trends for the aviation industry in the upcoming year.

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Radio communication with aircraft control is crucial for any aviator to safely and precisely navigate the skies. Because of this need, aircraft are fitted with radio equipment and a variety of antennas depending on their frequency band. Different aircraft require different antenna, with each having its own characteristics, applications, and location on the aircraft. This blog will explain the basics of aircraft antenna and a few of the radio communication systems in place today.

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During WWII, when the need for aerospace and defense components was immense, the various supply chains struggled to keep up with demand. The problem stemmed from the fact that there was no formal classification system for components. If the military needed a component such as a fastener sourcing was confusing as, depending on the manufacturer, the fastener would have a different name. This also led to further supply problems such as discrepancies in supply. In one location there would be a surplus of fasteners, but in another location there was a deficit. In response to these sourcing issues, the U.S Department of Defense created the NSN system.

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