Jet engines are a type of aircraft engine that generates thrust through jet propulsion. While the term can be more general, it is typically used to refer to internal combustion engines that are used for aircraft. While coming in a variety of forms, most jet engines utilize a rotating air compressor that is driven by a turbine while exhaust air and leftover power is used by the propelling nozzle to generate thrust. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of the common types of jet engines, allowing you to better understand their differences, uses, and applications.

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The gas turbine engine is a powerful apparatus that serves a diverse set of aircraft types, and they are well capable of drawing in large amounts of air at high altitudes for compression, fuel mixing, and combustion. Through the process of burning fuel-and-air mixtures, the gas turbine engine produces the propulsive forces necessary for maintaining heavier-than-air flight. While there are numerous gas turbine engine types that may slightly vary in their functionality or included parts, all follow a similar method of operation through the use of common assemblies.

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The flight instruments of an aircraft are indispensable for safe operations, allowing pilots to closely monitor a number of flight conditions that affect efficiency and safety. The airspeed indicator, or ASI, is a basic instrument of aircraft, and it is used to measure the forward speed of the vehicle. Airspeed can be important for a number of reasons, ranging from fuel management and flight planning to being aware of speed for conducting a safe turn or landing. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of the airspeed indicator so you may understand its use and functionality.

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In order for most aircraft to fly, they require the combustion of fuel and air mixtures for propulsion generation. For most aircraft engines, this process results in high amounts of heat that can eventually begin to cause issues and damage to surrounding components if left unchecked. To avoid the dangers of engine failures, many aircraft will utilize liquid and air cooling systems in order to manage temperatures. As each method presents its own advantages and disadvantages, it can be useful to familiarize oneself with each to find what is best for a particular aircraft.

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The vast majority of large, modern aircraft use turboprops or jet propulsion systems as their primary source of power. However, for owners of smaller aircraft, radial engines can often be the better option. Radial engines have been in use for decades, and prior to the introduction of turbine engines, were the most common option. They were found on all types of aircraft, ranging from crop dusting aircraft to bombers. Despite being an older technology, radial engines are still in use today. In this blog, we will look at six benefits of radial engines, all of which are reasons to consider one for your aircraft....

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When discussing aircraft and their standard equipment pieces, most people would recognize the black box. As the term reaches public ears most often during the discussion of aviation accidents, many have strong negative associations with such devices. Despite their grand importance during accident investigations, black boxes serve a great role in improving the safety of flight and aircraft operations. To best understand how black boxes benefit the aviation industry, one first must be aware of their functionality and capabilities...

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Tungsten carbide coatings, known for their hardness and resistance to corrosion, high temperatures, and abrasion, are widely used throughout industries such as machinery, metallurgy, oil & gas, and aerospace. For use in other, more general industries throughout the world, protective coatings are formed by the use of raw material tungsten carbide sprayed onto iron-based materials or nickel surfaces...

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Aircraft accidents and crashes, while extremely rare, are always tragic occurrences. While weather, damaged hardware, and other such conditions may lead to an accident, one of the most common causes is due to human error. By thoroughly understanding and analyzing the causes of human error and its relation to aviation accidents, the industry can better improve upon the safety of flight. Through such endeavors, the risk of accidents in aviation has been steadily declining, and the United States has seen fewer average fatal crashes by the year. Despite this, crashes due to human error still occur, and thus should be well understood.

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From the air conditioning system to onboard wifi, aircraft have greatly advanced their capabilities to increase the comfort of passengers throughout a flight. Although many may feel they could never go without such modern amenities, some may take for granted the more conventional features of passenger flight. The aircraft toilet is a robust and advanced apparatus, though not without its fair share of theories and misunderstandings. As an integral facet of passenger aircraft that many may find themselves relying on at some point of a flight, understanding the functionality of the most underrated room of the aircraft can alleviate the longstanding questions that many may have always had.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is estimated that more than 16,000 passenger jets around the world are grounded. The number of passenger jets currently in service is the lowest it’s been in more than 25 years, and some airlines have had to slash their flight schedules by as much as 90%. To give you another example of the drastic drop-off in air travel, on January 22, 2020, there were nearly 114,000 passenger flights. Just three months later, on April 20, there were less than 27,000. This has undoubtedly caused a great deal of financial strain on the industry, but has also presented a second problem: where can these aircraft be stored, and how can they be kept airworthy during their downtime?

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The importance of aircraft wheels and tires cannot be overstated. They are critical in ensuring safety and are consistently subject to the punishment of takeoff and landing. Additionally, aircraft tires must endure extreme temperatures. While airborne, they experience temperatures below -40 degrees celsius, and at touchdown, tires briefly withstand temperatures in excess of 200 degrees celsius. This blog will provide a look into the details of aircraft wheels and how they are able to withstand the forces resulting from their operation...

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An RF connector is an electrical connector intended to work at radio frequencies in the multi-megahertz range. RF connectors are ordinarily utilized with coaxial links and are intended to keep up the protection that the coaxial plan offers. In this article, we provide a more detailed look at RF connectors and their functions. To get right to it, RF connectors are the most usually utilized and incorporate sort. While they appear to be unique from one another, these fittings are a similar principal connector. A male sort N will fit into a female BNC and TNC with no trouble, and work effectively.

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When an aircraft lands in an airport and passengers disembark, there are many operations that are quickly completed to ensure that the aircraft is ready for its next passengers and flight. This turnaround time (TAT) of aircraft includes the time between the landing of an aircraft to the moment it takes off once again. From cleanliness to establishing security, multiple operations are quickly completed by teams of personnel. In this blog, we will discuss the various tasks that are done during the turnaround time of an aircraft....

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Any piece of machinery will feature moving parts that facilitate relative sliding or rolling motion. For instance, machine tools exhibit linear sliding motion, and automobile wheels provide an example of rotational motion. In most cases, the moving parts used to help these motions occur are either bearings or bushings. This blog will explain the basics of bearings and bushings, what they do, and how they differ...

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A turn coordinator in aviation (known as also the TC) is an additional add-on to the turn and slip indicator (also known as T/S) with a major difference being the axis and the display whereupon the gimbal is to be placed. Basically it can be used alongside with or as an alternative to the turn and slip indicator. The only difference between the turn coordinator and the turn and slip is that the gimbal is ranked up at least 30 degrees higher, which causes the instrument to yaw, as well as to roll. Overall this causes the turn coordinator instrument to display a change more quickly and react to the change in roll before the aircraft has even begun to yaw. Although this instrument reacts to changes in the aircraft's roll, it does not display the roll attitude...

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Within a standard aircraft cockpit, there is a plethora of flight pertinent information that is readily available for the pilot. An aircraft cockpit features various types of aircraft instruments to provide accurate flight situations and information to conduct safe and proper flight. Each aircraft instrument provides various important details, and these instruments include the airspeed indicator, attitude indicator, altimeter, vertical speed indicator, heading indicator, and turn coordinator. In this blog, we will provide a short overview on each of the basic six types of aircraft instruments, and how they benefit the pilot during flight.

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At the birth of commercial aviation, there were very few differences between aircraft cabins, other than designs in the patterned fabrics, catering, and signage. The opportunity to climb and passenger aboard an aircraft was a luxury experience in itself, so there had never been much of a distinction between different cabins. Now that travel has become more accessible to the general public, the distinction separating cabins has become more and more clear, with some aircraft being advertised as an exclusive luxury aircraft ....

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When manufacturing parts for aircraft, die casting proves to be a highly beneficial and reliable process to create precise metal parts that do not need any tooling or polishing after creation. Parts are produced through machine mounted, shaped molds that clamp together as molten metal is delivered into the cavity to cool. Die casting is the current quickest method for manufacturing accurate metal parts. Components for aircraft that can be manufactured through die casting include motor housings, fuel system components, connectors, engine piston heads, and more....

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When flying in commercial plane or while at an airport, you may notice that a starking majority of aircraft are painted white. There may be a few colorful variants scattered around, but most will be pure white with some small decals. While this may seem like airlines are not very creative or daring in their design, there are actually a variety of major reasons why airliners choose to keep mostly white aircraft. In this blog, we will discuss a few justifications of why white paint is most beneficial....

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The success of any business operation, regardless of size, relies on several factors but delivering quality products and services is a huge factor for success. The same applies to supply chain companies in the aviation industries. However, unlike with most profit driven companies, said supply chain companies have more at stake than simply profits. The lack of quality in the products and services delivered can trigger so much more than a returns reduction, it can cause some serious casualties. The aviation supply chain industry is subject to so many rules and audits precisely because there is a huge risk in doing otherwise.....

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Weighing an aircraft seems like a mammoth, nearly impossible task. Despite its inconvenience, accurately weighing an aircraft is the only surefire method of finding its empty weight (the weight of the aircraft minus passengers, luggage, and fuel) and the location of the center of gravity. The two tools used to weigh aircraft are platform and load cell scales.....

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Working in the aviation or aeronautical sector means you have to be familiar with certain terminology. Some common items that you’re likely to encounter are the terms UAV and UAS. The former stands for Unmanned Aerial or Vehicle while the latter refers to an Unmanned Aerial System. Both have very distinct and separate definitions despite the fact that they are often quoted interchangeably. Read on below to learn more about the difference between the two....

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You may or may not know it, but bearings are the small components that drastically increase your level of comfort on an aircraft. Small, but mighty, bearings are used in many mechanisms throughout an aircraft including engine components, braking systems and cabin fixtures.....

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Among the various instruments on an aircraft, the airspeed indicator is one of the most basic and most important. Without a functioning airspeed indicator, a pilot can only guess how fast their aircraft is going, making navigation or charting a flight-plan nearly impossible. The indicator measures the aircraft’s speed in knots or miles per hour and represents this speed with a basic needle and dial instrument. Each plane has its own specified airspeeds that a pilot needs to be aware of for things like takeoff, landing, stalling, and cruising.....

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In March 2019, British Airways passengers found their seats and settled into their flight from London City Airport to Dusseldorf. Imagine their surprise when — during the descent into landing — the craggy hilltops of Edinburgh, Scotland appeared below. Using a selection of devices inside the cockpit, the pilots dutifully followed their flightpath and navigational instruments. It just so happened that they were given the wrong flight plan.....

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