Aircraft are generally serviced and maintained by Ground Service Equipment (GSE) which consists of service carts like tow trucks as well as repair or replacement components. Aerospace GSE supports a wide range of intricate systems by providing hydraulic test stands, compressors, nitrogen, cooling air and various components such as hydraulic quick couplings. Due to the services GSE provides, hydraulic aircraft GSE must be properly maintained according to the OEM operations manual, allowing the service team to carry out trouble-free service and prevent costly problems.


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For applications that require moving parts that rely on the rotational motion of shafts, a roller bearing should be employed to mitigate movement. Roller bearings allow for additional support and reduced friction within such mechanisms. As they are common components in many systems across various industry verticals, roller bearings are available in a vast array of designs to fit different applications. When you are looking for certain aviation applications, such as aircraft fuel pumps, the best option is a tapered roller bearing, those of which contain an inner ring, outer ring, and a number of tapered rollers. Shaped like a cone, these mechanisms are able to withstand heavy axial and radial loads. As such, they are quite versatile, so this blog will explore the workings of tapered roller bearings for your better knowledge for various applications.


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In its most basic form, a solenoid is a coil of wire that is wound around a core. Generally, the core has two parts, which consists of a stationary core and a moveable armature, with both parts being spring-loaded. When an electrical current is introduced, a magnetic field moves the armature away from the stationary core or towards it, depending on the solenoid’s use and construction. When the current stops, the spring brings the armature back to its original position.


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For an aircraft to optimally and safely fly, it must rely on its various systems and flight surfaces for the means of properly manipulating airflow to maintain lift and a desired attitude. While the engines provide power for thrust and wings create significant lift, they are not the only important elements for flight. Strakes are an often overshadowed flight surface found on fixed-wing aircraft, and typically are featured on the fuselage for managing airflow or establishing a simple stabilizing effect. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of strake aircraft components and their use, allowing you to better understand their importance for standard operations.


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Curious about ATA codes? In this article, we will cover information frequently asked about ATA codes and ATA chapters, and why they are standard for commercial aviation applications. 


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Tires are integral components of an aircraft’s landing system. Preventing airplanes from landing directly on their bellies, tires are equipped to withstand the weight of the aircraft and the friction it creates on the runway. While some aircraft have four or six tires, others may contain up to 10 tires, depending on the size of the aircraft.


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When compared to other connector options, the key differentiating factor in blind mate connectors is their mating action. In most electronic assemblies where the connector components cannot be seen or felt, there may be a risk of conducting unsafe or incorrect mating attempts. This is where blind mate connectors come into play. These connectors allow perfect mating to happen when there are sight and touch restrictions.


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A backplane connector is a system of circuits that acts as a connector between the various modules present on a routing or switching device. Also referred to as a backplane board, or backplane, a backplane connector is a circuit that is used as a support structure to connect other PCBs. Backplanes add stability and mechanical strength to other integrated system components like daughterboards.


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Electromechanical switches are devices used to make, break, or change the route of current flow in circuits. Available at low price points, electromechanical switches come in a variety of types, sizes, and current switching capabilities. Reliable and durable in terms of performance, electromechanical switches are considered simple human-to-machine interfaces (HMIs).


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An IDG, more formally known as an Integrated Drive Generator, is a type of power system commonly implemented within aircraft for the means of governing all engine hydraulic systems. In general, such assemblies consist of a single housing which contains a Constant Speed Drive (CSD) and an AC generator mounted in parallel. With the controlled differential capabilities of the CSD, a consistent output speed can be maintained for driving the AC generator. With this process, many key components of the aircraft are provided the energy necessary for their functionality. As a result, it is crucial that operators maintain their IDG for optimal flight operations.


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