Hydraulic cylinders are devices made of a series of interconnected tubes that pressurize liquid or gas to create motion. They are often used to power pumps, fans, and motors, but can also be used to move objects or fluids in a controlled manner. When a hydraulic cylinder begins to malfunction, one common fix is to bleed the device. Bleeding your cylinders will help free up any debris that may be blocking the pistons and valves. To learn more about bleeding hydraulic cylinders, read on as we discuss this vital form of maintenance.


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On January 31, 2000, just off the coast of California, flight 261 lost pitch control because of damaged jack screws. One may assume that the malfunctioning of these tiny machine elements would not have much effect on a large aircraft, but this incident resulted in all 88 passengers on board dying upon impact. This tragedy left aircraft engineers, pilots, and people across the country stunned.


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To ensure that people and cargo are transported safely, aircraft must be durable, strong, and reliable. For the manufacturer of dependable airplanes, aerospace engineers and other aviation professionals utilize specific metals for certain engine parts and other components. In this blog, we will cover the four most common metals used in the aviation industry.


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Piloting an aircraft is quite a complex endeavor, requiring one to govern the trajectory of the vehicle, manage various systems, maintain communication with ATC, keep awareness of their surroundings, and so much more at once. One of the most important things that pilots must do to ensure a safe flight is to be constantly aware of their position in the atmosphere, as many things are dependent on altitude, ranging from engine performance to collision avoidance. In order to monitor the aircraft’s exact altitude at all times, one must rely on a standard cockpit instrument known as the altimeter. This instrument is always present in some shape or form within the aircraft, regardless of the type of aircraft you are flying or the type of cockpit your model features. As such, it is important that any current or prospective pilot has a good understanding of such instruments, and how their readings are obtained.


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All aircraft are dependent on quality design and fabrication for even their smallest hardware to run effectively. One important advancement in hardware design which is still used in most aircraft today is the acme thread form used in screws. Despite being developed more than 100 years ago, the acme thread form has proven to be such a reliable and effective design. As such, it has become a staple form of threading design used in hardware to support actuators in many of today’s modern aircraft.


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If you are well versed in the world of aviation, then you may be familiar with the rivalry existing between Airbus and Boeing, two aircraft manufacturing giants that dominate the commercial sector. Both companies are invested in the production of jet aircraft for passenger transportation, and their respective models find constant use by airliners across the globe. With such a close rivalry, one may wonder how aircraft from both companies compare to one another. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between Airbus and Boeing aircraft, utilizing metrics such as passenger capacity, pricing, range, and more.


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Bushings are a type of vibration isolator that is found in an array of apparatuses including automobiles and aircraft. In fact, both rotary and jet engine aircraft are equipped with bushings. Though they are small, simple components, bushings play a critical role in the proper functionality of aircraft.


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Ceramic capacitors (mostly available today as Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors or MLCCs) and tantalum (Ta) capacitors are two popular capacitor technologies that find application in many electronic devices. Though these capacitor categories perform much of the same functions, they differ in working principle, performance when subjected to different conditions, and construction materials.


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Aircraft often feature a large number of cable assemblies, those of which serve a variety of systems and applications. A stark majority of aircraft cable assemblies fall into one of two categories, those of which are power cables and control cables. As both have similar appearances yet play very different roles, it can be very beneficial to have a basic understanding of each and what they do.


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The wheels are one of the most durable components on an aircraft and also one of the most abused. During each flight, the six wheels are responsible for supporting over 150,000 loads during taxiing, takeoff, and landing. In order to continuously perform under such conditions, aircraft wheels must be strong yet lightweight. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about aircraft wheels, including their design, manufacturing process, and varying types.


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