While an aircraft is traversing the sky, it must be able to maintain communication with ATC operators, collect important weather and global positioning data, receive internet connectivity for crew and passenger use, and much more. All of these functions are made possible through the use of various antennas that are situated across the body of the aircraft, each of which serves a unique function. In this blog, we will discuss the various aircraft antennas that are featured on modern aircraft and their individual functionalities.


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An aircraft alternator is a piece of electrical equipment that supplies the aircraft with the necessary power to operate optimally. A malfunctioning alternator prevents an aircraft battery from charging properly, which can leave a pilot grounded until the issue is resolved. Such situations are less than ideal for passengers and aircrew that cannot afford delays or setbacks.


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The airframes of aircraft are assembled and held together with the help of different types of fasteners. When building an aircraft, it is very important to choose the correct bolts, as they are responsible for holding the entire airframe together and a lot is at stake. Bolts fasteners that are designed for holding two or more parts together. In this blog, we will discuss what should be taken into consideration while choosing the right bolts.


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Aircraft expertise, quality work, and high capabilities are crucial while repairing an aircraft engine. Most repair facilities do not discuss intangibles, but these items can impact a successful repair project and costs. Without an inspection of the engine prior to the quotation process, it will not be easy to estimate an accurate repair cost. Debris-related problems are not the same as the routine planned removal, and different repair operations can widely vary in price. As such, it is important that aircraft mechanics and engineers define prices with ample information on a need.


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Potentiometers are a type of three-terminal resistor, featuring an adjustable tapping point that allows a device to act as an adjustable voltage divider with variable potential. Potentiometers can come in various types to accommodate different applications, each differing in its design and functionality. Trimpots, otherwise known as trimmer potentiometers, are specialized potentiometer devices that are used to adjust, tune, and calibrate electrical circuits. As components that are common to a number of electrical applications and systems, it can be useful to have a basic understanding of the trimmer potentiometer.


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A reed relay is a type of relay that utilizes an electromagnet to control one or more reed switches. Consisting of a reed switch, a coil, optical diode, and connection terminals, reed relays are devices with a low-resistance metallic switch path that provides an inherent isolation between the control voltage operating the coil and the signal being switched.


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Encoders are sensing devices that operate with high speed and accuracy to provide feedback about the motion of objects to control systems. The feedback allows the control system to determine whether the observed object is being positioned correctly, permitting adjustments as necessary. These devices are also used to measure speed, position, direction, and have the ability to provide a count of the object at hand. Due to their versatile functions, there are many types of encoders, a few of which will be covered in this blog.


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Drills are a commonly used tool for countless projects, capable of creating pilot holes and rapidly installing fasteners into surfaces. Depending on the type of job that is being carried out, there are various types of drill bits that one can utilize, each differing in characteristics such as size, length, and design. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of the most common drill bit types, allowing you to better understand the roles that they serve and how they are used.


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A type of electrical component, a diode allows current to flow in a single direction, but can emit or sense light based on which specialized model is used. Important for assisting the necessary functions of semiconductors in various digital and linear circuits, diode arrays are discrete electrical diode devices often consisting of unconnected diodes assembled along a linear package. Also referred to as a semiconductor package, diode arrays typically come with four diodes in a single assembly, but are available in a variety of designs and configurations for optimal part compatibility. To better answer any questions you may have on diode arrays, we will discuss how they amplify electrical processes to provide improved reliability, high density packaging, faster assembly speeds, and fewer parts in comparison to individually packaged diodes.


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Washer components are common hardware pieces, typically coming in the form of a thin plate that has a hole in the middle. When paired with a threaded fastener such as a bolt or nut, the washer serves to distribute loads for the benefit of an assembly. Beyond such a role, washers may also operate as a spacer, wear pad, locking device, preload indicating device, or vibration reducer. Washers may be constructed from various materials such as metal and plastic, and they come in numerous forms to facilitate the operations of different systems. Plain and spring washers are two common variations, each of which differ from one another to benefit varying needs. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between each so that you may better understand the roles that they play.


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