The use of adhesive substances in aviation is widespread. In fact, nearly every part of an airplane, from the engine to the exterior panels, uses some type of adhesive to hold them together. Therefore, a solid understanding of adhesives and their implementation on an aircraft is beneficial to prospective owners, maintenance crews, and pilots. In this blog, we will discuss what an adhesive is and how they are used to hold an airplane together.


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While there is a universal understanding that aircraft move at incredible speeds, surpassing an aircraft's imposed speed recommendations can produce hazardous consequences. To provide pilots with visual awareness of current airspeeds being traveled at, devices like airspeed indicators (ASI) are typically used. Depending on aircraft model, various measurement conventions can be used to calculate airspeed and range from indicated airspeed (IAS), calibrated airspeed (CAS), equivalent airspeed (EAS), and true airspeed (TAS). However, to distinguish airspeed on high-speed aircraft such as jets and airliners, a machmeter must be employed. Indicating airspeed as a Mach number (M), machmeter instruments project the ratio between an aircraft’s true airspeed (TAS) and the speed of sound (LSS) when measured by a pitot-static system.


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Bolt fasteners are useful components for securing assemblies, ensuring that two or more items are kept together while taking on their structural loads. In some applications, the amount of vibration that is present during operations may pose a risk to a bolt in terms of loosening. With a type of bolt known as a lockbolt, the fastener can lock itself in an assembly to prevent loosening and provide increased strength and a longer service life as compared to conventional fastener variations. In this blog, we will discuss the lockbolt in detail, allowing you to better understand how such fasteners are used across various applications.


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A gearmotor is a device that combines the features of an electric motor and gearbox together, allowing for high-torque, low-speed applications to benefit from their assembly. When space and power is limited, the gearmotor can be used to multiply output torque while remaining compact, increasing the efficiency of various systems. In this blog, we will discuss the various considerations that should be made when choosing between gearmotor devices, ensuring that your application can excel in operations with ease.


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Varnish is a type of liquid coating material, composed of resin that is capable of drying into a hard transparent film. While varnish is commonly associated with woodworking for the means of protecting surfaces and improving their appearance, insulating varnish is also quite useful for electrical applications. For devices such as motors, transformers, generators, sensors, and various other apparatuses that rely on electromagnetic induction for their functionality, insulating varnish and impregnating resins serve to protect and enhance electrical insulation and structural integrity.


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Bleed screws are a common fastener that serves multiple applications such as household central heating radiators, car engines, car radiators, braking systems, and more. Often used for hydraulic systems, bleed screws are employed within assemblies for the means of establishing temporary openings in normally closed systems. For hydraulic assemblies in particular, the bleed screw enables air or other substances to be expelled from the system through the use of pressure and density differences. In this blog, we will discuss bleed screws and how they are used for their common applications, allowing you to better understand their implementation and importance.


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One of the first things student pilots must master is the concept of aircraft axes: the understanding that flying an aircraft is a three-dimensional task. Unlike a car or boat, aircraft are affected by three dimensions. A working understanding of these axes, pitch, yaw, and roll, is key to operating any aircraft, regardless of its size. Whether it’s an advanced fighter jet or a basic glider, these axes affect every aircraft in the sky.


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Bellows are a device that is designed to provide strong blasts of air  through the compression of the assembly. Bellows can come in a wide variety of types, allowing them to serve applications such as metallurgy, fluids transfer, aviation, and more. In regard to aviation, bellows can be used in a number of ways such as converting pressure and temperature into motion, assisting altimeter functionality, and transferring oil  through the engine for cooling. Due to the various roles that such components serve, it is useful to understand what they are and how they function.


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A blood gas analyzer is a device that may be used to determine the amount of arterial gases that are present within blood. While such devices are commonly used for numerous medical procedures, they can also be important for aviation for the means of identifying individuals at risk of developing in-flight hypoxemia. As hypoxemia can be very dangerous to the health of an individual, it is important that such risks are found to avoid dangerous operations or flight risks.


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A clamp is a fastening device used to hold or secure objects together and prevent movement or separation through the application of inward pressure. There are many different types of clamps available for different applications. Some are temporary, used to position components while fixing them together, while others are intended to be permanent. In this blog we will cover the main types of clamps and take a look at the unique characteristics of each one.


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