Most car owners know of spark plugs because they’re a common engine component that often needs to be replaced and are integral for an engine to work. Without them, the engine will not start. The electrical energy from the plugs is used to create a spark, which ignites the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber. 


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Automatic direction systems serve a fairly simple purpose— locate, and point, in the direction of an NDB signal. Non-directional beacons (NDBs) are used for anything from Morse code broadcasts to voice interfaced communication to inform pilots about weather conditions. They communicate important information directly to the automatic direction finder (ADF). Simple enough, right? Let’s take a look at how an ADF accomplishes this functionality using two types of antennas: loop and sensing.


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It’s easy to neglect the little things like choosing the proper hose assembly in favor of focusing on bigger things like an engine. But, like with all things in aerospace and aviation, choosing the proper components for your hose assembly can make the difference between smooth operations or malfunctions.


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One of the most important parts of an aircraft is the actuator or actuating cylinder. Actuating cylinders transform energy in the form of fluid pressure into mechanical force, imparting powered linear motion to some movable object or mechanism.


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For a lot of people, flying is terrifying. People fear that planes will suddenly lose power or that engines will fail, and planes will drop out of the sky. Fortunately, that’s a very unlikely scenario since planes have utilized redundancy and been equipped with APUs since at least WWII.


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Airplane landing tires are made to withstand hitting the tarmac at speeds of 170 mph, with a weight load of about 38-tons, and can tolerate about 500 landings before needing a re-tread.  Contrary to common beliefs, airplane tires are NOT going to explode if given a little too much air. 


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Hand-Operated Fuel Pumps, or wobble pumps, are double-acting pumps that transfer fuel manually with each pump of the handle.  There are wide passages within the pump that allow for a back-and-forth movement of fuel. Hand-operated pumps require fuel lines to be run into the cockpit, which could potentially be hazardous.


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Across generations, airplane propellers have been produced and manufactured to aid planes in one way or another. Blades come in diverse shapes, sizes, configurations, colors, you name it and there is most likely a blade that fits your criteria.


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AerCap recently selected the innovative GEnx-1B engine to fuel and supply power for the fifteen Boeing 787 Dreamliners. There is also an open option to purchase an extra ten aircrafts. The value for the engine order is estimated to be more than $780 million dollars (list price). This furthers AerCap’s GEnx-powered 787 Dreamliner armada to a solid 49 aircrafts.


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Hartzell Propeller, a well-known American manufacturer, has been rewarded an STC for their 2-blade aluminum scimitar propellers this will replace Hartzell’s props that are regarded as factory standard for the Cessna Cardinal 177B aircraft. Provided through the manufacturer’s “Top Prop” performance conversion program, Hartzell’s pricing starts at almost $11,000 for the newest seventy-six point five inch diameter Scimitar propeller, which also brags a composite spinner and STC documentation.


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