Types of Aircraft Bearings

The pyramids of ancient Egypt, barstools, gearsets in car transmissions, and the earthquake-proof San Francisco International Airport all have one unlikely thing in common: bearings. While relatively simple to understand, the difference that using a bearing makes can be massive. And the reason is simple: according to basic physics, things that roll meet less frictional resistance than things that slide. Aptly named, bearings “bear” the load by using smooth metal for the balls or rollers, and the inner and outer surfaces they roll against to minimize the contact area and allow for less friction and smoother movement.

There are many different types of bearings which can be classified into three categories defined by their type of loading: radial, thrust, or a combination of both. While radial loads act at the right angles of the shaft, thrust loads act parallel to the axis of rotation. Radial loads require bearings such as roller bearings which use cylinders to hold heavy loads, or their thinner counterparts, the needle bearing. On the other hand, thrust loads can be handled with roller thrust bearings or ball thrust bearings which are commonly found in gearsets and barstools respectively. And finally, combination loads can use ball bearings for smaller loads and tapered roller bearings for larger loads like car hubs require.

Of course, beyond the examples already listed, many other technologies require bearings of all kinds to function, notably aviation technology. From the common ball bearing to the slightly less common tapered bearing and needle bearing, aviation technology has its uses for bearings of all sorts. With the diverse options in bearings on the market today, finding the right bearing to suit your aviation needs may seem daunting.

PlaneParts360, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find bearings. Planeparts360 is your premier online distributor of whether new, old or hard to find, they can help you locate aviation bearings and bearing parts. PlaneParts360 has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at www.planeparts360.com or call +1-503-374-0340.


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Piston Engine Aircraft vs turboprop

Piston engine, or reciprocating engines, are related to the steam engine, which was first introduced in the early 17th century. In simpler terms, a steam engine utilizes heat to create stream pressure, which is then used to generate a rotating motion. After its creation, steam engines were used to drive everything ranging from mechanical equipment to railway trains. Today in aircraft piston engines, gas propulsion is used instead of steam to create pressure inside the engine.

Piston engines are distinguished by at least one cylinder, with each cylinder holding a tight-fitting piston (known as a solid cylinder). This fitting piston can be moved back and forth freely inside the cylinder. Each piston is attached to a crankshaft by a connecting rod. When fuel is established and set off inside a cylinder, the hot gas created expands with great force, which drives the corresponding piston forward inside the cylinder. This in turn moves the connecting rod forwards as well, causing the crankshaft to turn. The full turning of the crankshaft moves the piston back into the cylinder and the cycle begins again.

Turboprop aircraft are fueled by a turbine, which is an easier term for a “fan.” A turbine is a rotary driven fan that gains energy from either fluid flow or airflow. A simple turbine design incorporates a rotor, or rotating wheel, with the angled blades attached. As fluid or air navigates through the blades, the fluid or air pressure against the blades will make the rotor spin. In an aircraft turbine engine, the high-pressure gas, which results from the combustion of jet fuel, takes the place of water or wind to steer the motion of the rotor. Because of this, aircraft turbine engines are usually seen as gas turbine engines.

Planeparts360, an ASAP Semiconductor operated website, focuses on supplying customers with aircraft crankshaft parts, aircraft piston engine parts, aircraft propeller parts, and more. With its focus and strive, Planeparts360 is the leader in procurement of civilian and military aviation parts. The website has been designed using feedback from customers. With separated sections that allows for customers to source for aircraft maintenance tooling and turbine engine parts, Planeparts360 is one of ASAP Semiconductor’s latest websites to support the needs of customers.


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Vishay PIN Photodiode

Vishay Intertechnology recently introduced a new high-speed silicon PIN photodiode with an added feature of enhanced light sensitivity. A photodiode is a semiconductor diode that converts light into an electrical voltage. When energy fueled photons are absorbed by the detector, a formation on charge carriers is created; this formation is then separated in the space-charge region, resulting in a photocurrent.

Vishay’s PIN photodiode, the VEMD8080, has numerous features which set it apart from the competition:

  • 4.8mm by 2.5mm top view; radiant-sensitive area of 4.5mm²
  • Surface-mount package with a low 0.48mm profile
  • Fast switching times
  • Low capacitance of 47pF –resulting in precise signal detection
  • Wafer technology – detects visible and near infrared radiation over a spectrum range of 350nm to 1100nm
  • 30% improvement for green LEDs –allows for optical heart rate detection in wearable devices (fitness trackers, smart watches, etc.)
  • 65° angle of half-sensitivity
  • Temperature range of -40°C to 85°C
  • 950 nm wavelength of peak sensitivity
  • Moisture sensitivity level of 4
  • Floor life of 72 hours

The VEMD8080’s unique size and shape allow for light emitting diodes to be placed closer to the radiant sensitive surface area, resulting in maximized signal strength. When used with green LEDs, the device’s shape grants the light-emitting diodes the ability to maximize their signal strength, making them operate quicker and more efficiently.

PIN photodiodes are the most commonly used form of diodes. Typically, they can be found in audio CD players, DVD drives, and optical communication systems; these parts can also be used as nuclear radiation detectors.

Plane Parts 360 is the premier supplier of Vishay Intertechnology parts and optoelectronics electronic components. With a continuously increasing inventory, you can be sure Plane Parts 360 will have everything you need and more. Plane Parts 360 will ensure all needs are addressed in a timely and professional manner. Plane Parts 360 is known for having hard to find and/or out of stock optoelectronics electronic parts and can always help you find cost-effective solutions. For a quote, reach out to the main office by phone: +1503-374-0340 or by email: sales@planeparts360.com.


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Bombardier Aircraft Parts

Bombardier has finally reached their seven-year goal in completing their state of art reclining chair, known as the Nuage passenger seat. After constant trial and error, the Aerospace company, has found a solution to not only correct posture but make the flight more worthwhile. The chair is scheduled to be placed upon the Global 7000 once it has been certified.

Studying ergonomics was one of the company’s main tools upon development of the Nauge to be able to key point the troubled areas that standard seats affect. This new state of the art technique used is one that is described by Bombardier as “furniture engineering.”

The experts can attest that standard aircraft seats do not let the body rest as the body is still forced to hold its self-up right.

The Nauge Seat has been able to create a solution to be address this issue by,

“dipping the pan down while the seat back reclines, the cushions can cradle the critical portion of the passenger’s body, allowing the muscles to relax more fully.”

Not only are have there been configured options created for reclining but options for adjusting the head rest manually as well. Passengers are now able to adjust the head rest to be able to experience a more comforting experience for their head-neck junction.

Along with many new innovative features that the chair offers, its ability is lower, or raise has been added to be able to allow passengers of most heights to comfortability reach the floor. A Unique characteristic that the Nauge seat offers to make sure it keeps its center of gravity is the “floating base “as it has removed the standard rails that seats are usually mounted upon. All of the chairs state of the art equipment can be controlled through the chairs armrest, making it user friendly for everyone to enjoy!

Plane Parts 360 is a major bombardier aircraft parts, aircraft seats parts, and bombardier parts supplier in the industry. Providing you with some of the hardest to find parts that have been deemed obsolete. Parts 360 can offer extensive traceability to parts required to show full traceability of parts. Our Company Quality team takes pride in stopping and preventing counterfeit parts in the industry. For instant RFQs give 360 a call at + 1-503-374-0340 or email sales@planeparts360.com.


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Safran Arriel 2H Engine

EASAs certification regulations have been recently meet by Safran Helicopter Group to be able to bring their Arriel 2H Engine to life. Currently Safran has plans of having their engine to be able to be incorporated into a AC312E, a civilian helicopter, manufactured by Avicopter. This particular specification of the Arriel was chosen in the year 2015 due to its efficiency and unique characteristics created by Avic Harbin Aircraft Industry Group. The 2H engine derived from the previous model known as the 2+. With the new models enhanced technology, the 2H has the power to takeoff at a rate of 986 shp.

The AC312E aircraft has a narrow design which enables it to be more efficient and aero dynamic. Its composition makes the helicopter a light medium twin derived that has taken the characteristics of former aircrafts such as the “A” model. Much the AC312E was based on other models that are descendants of the “A” models such as Airbus AS365 which have been given full authorization to be procured in China.

“ The 312E will be able to carry nine passengers, have a maximum cruise speed of 165 knots, a maximum takeoff weight of 9,921 pounds, and a service ceiling of 19,685 feet.”

The procurement of these type of aircrafts began in the early 1980s and completed by the 1990s to be placed into the full service. Later on, by the year 2002, the company created a more enhanced version of the Arriel 2C engine. The AC312E has completed their first flight in 2016 but has yet to obtain their EASA certification which is scheduled for late 2018.

The 312E capabilities are a great contribution to the aircraft as they offer extensive traits such as electronic flight bags, helicopter taws, RTA-4112 MultiScan weather radar, synthetic vision, and a state of the art TTR-4100 TCAS traffic surveillance system.

Plane Parts 360 has been a quality supplier for Safran helicopter engine, Airbus helicopter, and Airbus helicopters AS365 parts. All our parts have been tested and placed under warranty to ensure every part that we ship. Our company guarantees that the part required is exact size and fit before your order is completed. For an instant RFQs give us a call +1-503-374-0340 or email sales@planeparts360.com


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