As most modern aircraft continue to rely on the combustion of fuel-and-air mixtures to achieve and sustain flight throughout an operation, it is paramount that pilots have the ability to effectively monitor fuel flow levels and data pertaining to the consumption of fuel while in the air. Without such information, pilots may not be able to determine when they are running low on fuel or if there is a problem with flow, leading to extreme hazards that can be detrimental to1 an aircraft’s safety. As a result, all  feature what is known as a fuel flow indicator.


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The Global Positioning System, or GPS, is a radio navigation system that many may be familiar with. Common to vehicles and smartphones alike, GPS equipment allows one to track their movement or direct themselves utilizing geolocation and time information as provided by satellite systems. While often used for driving, GPS technology is also implemented on aircraft for standard flight operations. To use GPS while in flight, one must have a basic understanding of its functionality, segments, and more.


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Microprocessors are a type of computer processor where all logic and control elements are situated onto a single integrated circuit. Assisting in the overall functionality of the central processing unit of a computer or device, the microprocessor executes and contains all necessary arithmetic, control circuitry, and logic. Within military aerospace applications, flight and mission control systems undergo intensive operations that necessitate a high amount of processing power to properly be carried out. In this blog, we will discuss microprocessors in relation to avionic systems, allowing you to better understand the role that they serve.


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Before fuel is introduced to any variation of an internal combustion engine, it must be vaporized to successfully combine with oxygen molecules. However, though it is essential for fuel to be vaporized before it can join with willing oxygen molecules, an induction system must take into account power settings, air to fuel mixture ratios, and more, to maintain aircraft performance. Relying on two types of fuel induction systems, aircraft either utilize carburetors or fuel injector systems to deliver fuel to an engine. Taking into consideration an aircraft's reciprocating engine when installing a fuel induction system, we will go into detail how fuel injectors and carburetors function, and how they can best be applied for your vehicle needs.


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The tailplane is a crucial, yet overlooked, section of aircraft design that is found on countless fixed-wing airplanes. Also referred to as the horizontal stabilizer, the aircraft tailplane commonly features two horizontal extensions that protrude out of the back end of the aviation fuselage on both sides. True to their name, horizontal stabilizers or tailplanes serve to stabilize aircraft during flight. To better understand how such structures provide balance for the benefit of flight operations, we will discuss their design and functionality.


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The hydraulic system may be considered one of the most important aspects of a given aircraft, serving to provide pilots the power needed to manage the various flight surfaces and controls of the vehicle. From the adjustment of flight surfaces that affect aerodynamics to the operation of the brakes of an aircraft, there are many sections of the vehicle that require the use of hydraulics to optimally function. To best understand the importance of the aircraft hydraulic system, one should first familiarize themselves with the functionality of the hydraulics and how they are employed for aviation.


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Harnessing the properties of aerodynamics to produce lift, heavier-than-air aircraft utilize specialized parts and designs to achieve such a feat. Composed of the cockpit, fuselage, wings, powerplant, tail, and landing gear, these components work together to help an aircraft take flight, land, and counteract the force of gravity. Generally categorized based on their wing configuration, aircraft and the parts that make up their body come in a diverse range of manufacturer shapes and models. Without any one of these items, flight would be rendered hazardous and unachievable, leaving the vehicle grounded. Below, to better understand the basics of flight, we will highlight the five major segments that make up an aircraft and how they function.


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Landing gear is paramount to any aircraft, allowing them to safely touchdown on a runway or surface for the means of finishing a flight operation. As landing gear can serve as a source of drag as equipment disrupts airflow, it can be very beneficial to minimize its effects for the most advantageous aerodynamic properties. With a retractable landing gear system, the landing gear of an aircraft may be deployed and retracted as needed to increase climb performance and cruise airspeeds. In this blog, we will discuss the retractable landing gear system and its benefits to flight operations.


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When breaking into a market dominated by a limited number of companies that make proven products, innovation is necessary. However, in a rigid industry like commercial aviation, where safety is critical, being innovative can also be risky. This was the challenge faced by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) as they attempted to gain a foothold in the 120-180 passenger aircraft engine market. To do this, P&W engineered the PW8000 geared turbofan, the first turbofan engine to use gears for enhanced performance. Adding a gearbox to the conventional turbofan allows engine components to spin at more efficient speeds. In this blog, we will discuss how the addition of gears affects turbofan engines.


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The aircraft turbine engine is a robust apparatus, capable of providing enough propulsive force to permit heavier-than-air flight. With the amount of heat produced from the combustion chamber and a great number of moving objects present in the turbine engine, lubrication is crucial for the health and integrity of assemblies. With the use of the oil tank, pumps, valves, and other various components, the engine assembly can be protected from heat and friction through lubrication. To best understand how turbine engine lubrication systems function, one should first familiarize themselves with the basic components that make them up.


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