When discussing aircraft, you may have heard about the process of fuel dumping or fuel jettisoning, that of which is a procedure where fuel is forcibly removed from the vehicle prior to landing. This is an emergency procedure, only conducted in very specific instances, such as when the aircraft needs to rapidly return to the airport after takeoff, or prior to an emergency landing at the intended destination. While there are valid concerns over this procedure, it is not something that is done regularly or on a whim. Instead, it is used for the safety of those in the aircraft when certain issues arise. To help you better understand what fuel dumping is and why it is carried out, we will discuss it in detail in this blog.


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The fuel system is the power behind aircraft, so it is important that fuel follows a safe, clean path from the tank to the engine nozzle. There are a few types of  fuel systems used depending on certain aircraft design aspects, but for the sake of this blog, we will examine the Cessna 172S which is a high-wing aircraft relying on two tanks and gravity to pump fuel at the right pressure. This blog will cover the Cessna 172S fuel system and the functions of its main components so that you can better understand your own aircraft.


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A hinge is an element of an assembly connecting two moving components and enables the angular movement about a fixed axis of rotation, while also preventing rotation and movement along the other two axes. Put simply, a hinge can be defined as a set of plates containing holes through which rods, wires, or pins can be passed for the purposes of fastening. Hinges can turn in a single direction in the following motions: pitch, yaw (the most common), and roll.


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Wheels and casters are not the same, but can be interchangeably used for rolling devices, hence the confusion between the two. Casters are not as widespread, but they are much more than just a wheel. If you are looking for casters and are confused between both components, you might end up with the wrong product. However, knowing the correct name and attributes of what you are looking for will help you find it with ease. Before you accidentally buy the wrong product, let us help you understand the exact difference between casters and wheels.


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Adhesive tape is a useful tool for many applications, often being found in private homes, businesses, construction sites, and industrial spaces alike. Whether one has Scotch, masking, duct, or packing tape, all allow for objects to be secured, attached together, or otherwise held through the adhesive properties of such materials. As there are many options that one may take advantage of, it can be useful to have a general understanding of the most common types of adhesive tapes and their uses.


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In our modern society, the sky is no longer the limit! Today, we live in a concrete jungle with tall towers and skylines so high, it barely leaves places for aircraft to fly. These buildings are causing more air traffic than actual planes themselves, creating an inconvenience for fliers and airlines alike. This is why we use warning lights.


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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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