What is an Aircraft Magneto and How Does It Work

Whether you’re driving a car or piloting a plane, to start the engine, all you really do is turn the ignition key or push the start button. That’s all it takes. But have you ever wondered how such a simple movement causes the spark plugs to fire and the engine to start? The answer is a magneto, a simple and highly reliable electrical generator.

Aircraft magnetos are engine driven electrical generators that use permanent magnets and coils to produce high voltages to fire the aircraft spark plugs. Because aviation runs on redundancy, in every aircraft piston engine, there are two independent ignition systems. There are two aircraft spark plugs per cylinder and a left and right aircraft magneto. The left and right magnetos each fire one plug per cylinder, allowing smoother and more complete combustion of the fuel mixture while still allowing for the redundant safety net in the event that one of the magnetos fail.

Magnetos, as you would expect by the name, generate a voltage with the help of magnets. Each magneto is equipped with a permanent magnet on a rotor that spins in close proximity to a high-output coil of wire with two windings. The first winding is made with heavy copper wire and the second with finer wire. As the magnet spins, a magnetic flux is generated and passed through the first winding, creating a magnetic flux linkage. The number of magnetic flux linkages is not constant and generates a voltage as the number changes. However, this is not enough to fire the spark plugs. The second winding creates a voltage that is about 100 times stronger when the breaker points connected to the first winding open, collapsing the magnetic field and prompting a large change in magnetic flux linkages. The change in magnetic flux linkages creates a voltage that is amplified to 20,000 volts and released to ignite the spark plug by the second winding.

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In 2013 Boeing Aircraft and Emirates made a record-breaking deal for 150 Boeing Aircraft worth $76 Billion sending shock waves through the aircraft industry. Recently, Emirates Airlines president Tim Clark stated that the deal is in jeopardy due to the continuing potential to rescind the Open Skies agreement signed in 1999 made between the U.S and UAE.

This revelation doesn’t only affect the Boeing Aircraft but the 300 GE9x Engine made by GE Aviation worth $16 Billion. U.S airlines including American, United, and Delta airlines claim the Emirates airline growth is fueled by government subsidies which are said to be near $50 Billion. Emirates President, in retaliation to these accusations, says. “but half of them were in chapter 11 not too long ago, and some of them twice. If that wasn’t a subsidy, then I'll eat my hand”.

The clear animosity toward Emirates by American Airline companies is clear, the competition in the airline industry is fierce. Some experts have said that the threat of revoking Emirates deal with Boeing just will not happen. This is because the aircraft they ordered is the only aircraft on the market that fits their needs. There is no other aircraft that can replace the 777x due to how Emirates operates. This is because Emirates worked along with Boeing to create the 777x to fit their needs exactly. Additionally, The U.S government knows that Emirates buys many Boeing and other American aviation products and U.S airlines typically don’t operate in many places that Emirates does and therefore the open Skies Agreement seems to be safe clarifying the ramifications between the U.S and Emirates airlines spat. 

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General Electric’s GE Global Research center in Niskayuna, New York, was given a nine-million dollar, 4-year award from the United States Office of Naval Research. This award is for the development of accelerated processes in areas for developing identical digital models of legacy parts and the creation of new parts. This allows for improvement in maintenance and replacement programs in defense systems.  GE Aviation noted the replacement parts may possibly be applied to an extensive range of military systems, which includes United States Navy ships. In return, this will allow for technicians to develop and replace parts immediately.

According to GE Aviation, “Digital Twins” can be described as living and learning Digital models of tangible assets, parts, and even systems. These identical models are regularly given updates based off the gathering of new sensor data along with new engineering data. This newly collected data is incorporated to indicate the physical counterpart’s exact state consistently.

Experts and specialists from GE's Aviation and Additive divisions, Honeywell, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, and more are partaking in the advancement of computerized twins from "display based" information on parts and in addition "sensor-based" information provided by 3D metal printers. This 2-stage program puts thoughtfulness regarding creating the required programming and equipment first for the computerized twin program. In this second stage, the center will move to making "3D Direct Metal Laser Melting frameworks," which will help the progressing exertion.

As indicated by Ade Makinde, the chief designer for Additive Technologies of General Electric's Global Research, the utilization of GE Aviation's Digital Twin Technology will permit to revive the time it takes for parts to be re-built or recently made utilizing forms with 3D printing. Makinde likewise takes note of that today, it can take a long time for new parts to be delivered. Be that as it may, with these ones of a kind computerized arrangements as of now being produced, this can be chopped down to weeks.

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Littelfuse Inc, a multinational electronics manufacturing company, just introduced a series of AEC-Q101 TVS Diode Arrays.These diodes are optimized to protect ultra-sensitive telecommunication ports against electrostatic discharge and lightning-induced surge events. A surge event could ruin the entire diode, an event that is clearly tragic. The SP4208 Series TVS Diode Arrays will integrate low capacitance diodes that will include avalanche breakdown diodes in a quantity of either one or two. The diodes are able to safely absorb a surge current of up to 30A with a minimum of 30K.

The diodes high surge capability and low loading capacity make it the perfect fit for protecting telecommunication ports. An example of these ports could be ethernet cables and several other high-speed data interfaces. The diode supports implementations of G. fast and can run at higher voltages than most diodes.

Littelfuse products are mostly components that are vital in virtually every market. Their target audience ranges from electrical energy to automobiles, consumer electronics, and industrial equipment. Littelfuse has a proven technical expertise in these industries which allows them to provide excellent solutions for the unique needs of each customer. Littelfuse has plans to expand into adjacent markets such as mining operations, marine applications, power distribution, and heavy-duty switches for electromechanical sensors.

Littelfuse has been a preferred manufacturer of diodes and other electronic components for many different manufacturers worldwide. The company has over 40 sales, engineering, and manufacturing facilities around the world. They also have global distribution channels so that their products can reach everyone. Littelfuse is changing the future of electronic components, one diode at a time.

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The AeroVue is the latest technology that will allow for standard planes to be equipped with cockpit control panels of those of a business jet. Originating in the year 2014 the product has begun to be intertwined with the Beechcraft King Air B200. The aircraft has been fortunate enough to have received the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) which is granted to aircraft that have been modified and completed from its original state.

“Business jet technology and functionality” to the GA cockpit.”

Easing the operator's workload by creating more efficient and user-friendly controlling systems. The control panel has been integrated what is known as Honeywell’s SmartView synthetic vision, creating a visual representation of the outside area or terrain on a panel. This technique allows for operators to have the clear view onto what is around them minimizing errors.

The system has a unique composition including three 12-inch smart view displays all working together to bring the visual representation to the operator. The panels are equipped with “HUD like” system that displays exact direction for the aircraft. Currently weighing 125 pounds lighter than current flight panel controls systems. With AeroVue state of the art software, the system is deemed compatible with Aspen Avionics Connected Panel wireless gateway network allowing for wireless updates to be completed.

The AeroVue is a world renown flight control system company that has been providing Honeywell and its customers with state of the art systems such as Primus Epic and Primus Apex. The entire operation has been a new venture for all participating companies as a completely new way of flying will have to be learned by existing operators. More efficiency and more modern tools along with newer techniques will the result of the Bendix King AeroVue flight control system

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Airbus Helicopters just released their first H145/BK117D-2 Helicopter to Hiratagakuen, an Aviation operation company. There was a delivery ceremony held in AHJ Kobe Facility on January 5th for the public to watch the helicopter make its debut. This helicopter is intended to be used for emergency medical services. The H145/BK117D-2 will begin operations in Nagasaki in June 2018.

The delivery of this helicopter highly reinforces the relationship between Airbus Helicopters and Hiratagakuen. Airbus and Hiratagakuen signed the contract for two H145/BK117D-2 Helicopters at the 2016 Japan International Aerospace Exhibition. This helicopter will replace Japans current H135 helicopters, making this move a major upgrade. Airbus is honored that Hiratagakuen has become the first owner of the H145/BK117D-2 because they have shown constant confidence in Airbus products. Hiratagakuen plans to use these helicopter for Doctors, so safety is of utmost importance.

The Airbus H145 will be joining Airbus’ multi-purpose family which, has over 1,000 helicopters in service worldwide. These helicopters have a total of over four million logged flight hours. Improvements to this model include 4 axis autopilot, Helionix avionics suite, Safran Arriel 2E engines, shrouded tail rotor, an upgraded gearbox and an anti-torque system.

The H145 is extremely flexible and has a wide range of applications. It can accommodate up to ten passengers plus one or two piolets. The helicopters upgraded engine allows for premium performance. The new technology means improved flight and ground safety for the helicopter, as well as enhanced control efficient and reduced power demand while in flight. The H145 is considered a maintenance-friendly helicopter, meaning repair costs are few and far between. Hiratagakuen plans to use these helicopter for Doctors, so safety and reliability of these aircrafts are of utmost importance.

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Boeings F Model Chinooks are one of the most versatile heavy aircraft that world has ever seen. Having been distributed to customers across the globe, the Chinooks have created a name for themselves to be able to perform many kinds of tasks. On December 14th the Ministry of Defense, Netherlands signed an agreement with world recognizable Boeing for an updated model order of six newly upgraded F models. The Royal Netherlands Air Force for whom the aircrafts are intended for wish to integrate the 6 expected F model configuration to match their existing fleet. The Netherlands has chosen to continue with their business with Boeing to ensure premium equipment by a statement from DMOs project leader, Colonel Koen van Gogh,” The Netherlands’ Defense Material Organization (DMO) is responsible for providing the Dutch armed forces with the best equipment money can buy, and our troops deserve that.”

The Chinook upgrade is being optimized to enhance the aircraft's affordability, efficiency and its ability to execute even more tasks. Key components to the upgraded are a state of the art Digital Automatic Flight Control System bout to by Common Avionics Architecture System cockpits. With many different countries other than the US obtaining the Chinook they have many have wished to adopt the US style.

The aircraft's popularity over the years with an increased amount of orders. Within the last three years, the Chinook has been requested as a part of orders eight different times. NATO has also been a fan of Chinooks as eight nations within NATO such Greece, Italy, Spain, U.S, Turkey, Canada, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Boeings VP of Boeings Cargo Helicopters, Chuck Dabundo, is very confident in their aircraft by stating,” There is no doubt the Chinook is the world’s premier heavy-lift helicopter with a long future will continue to serve our customers for decades to come.”

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DHL has been a leading shipping company for more over 30+ years across the globe. The type of shipments that have DHL Express creates has required a bigger and more efficient type of delivery source for worldwide shipments. In doing so they have obtained a converted an Airbus A330-300 Passenger to Freight (P2F) as a better way for international packages.

The conversion has been made possible by a joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus known as Elbe Flugazeugwerke (EFW) . DHL is awaiting a delivery of eight and has speculation of yet another ten aircrafts.

The aircrafts progression to becoming airborne has been a consistent process beginning with the testing flight dated in October (2017) and receiving the STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) from the European Aviation Safety Agency in November (2017).

The Size and efficiency has always been a priority for the DHL and has picked the right choice in doing so. Per A statement from DHL’s Express Global Air Fleet Management Senior Vice President, Mr. Geoff Kehr first aircraft is scheduled to strengthen our Asia Pacific air network, bringing added capacity and increased efficiency to a market where we are seeing dynamic express volume growth.”

The competition of this operation has been internally a group effort between the venture and EFW. All three companies have been in complete command of different operations needed to be where they are today. The EFW has been in charge of their marketing aspect of the freight conversion programme along with the completion of the industrialision phase.

Airbus manages the certification support and OEM details. Along with acting as lead for the engineering phase of the operation, ST Aerospace has overseen applying for important certifications such as STCs from the FAA & EASA. The aircraft will be offered in in two models with the A330-200P2F and the A330-300P2F model for more size along with more economical value.

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Rolls Royce is one of the worlds renown engine company to date and continuous to produce quality products. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded Rolls Royce Trent 1000 TEN a “full flight “certification. With this certification if provides the right for the TEN to place on other aircrafts. Boeing had been very eager to incorporate the TEN into their aircrafts and had been successful multiple times. Boeing has been able to include the TEN into their 787-10 Dreamliner, along with the 787-8 and the 787-9 aircrafts.

Feeling very accomplished the company can assure that their products are allocated correctly and will please their customers.

Per a statement from Dave Taylor Trent 1000 Chief Engineer,

This marks another critical step in our journey towards delivering additional capability and new technology for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. We would like to thank Boeing and EASA for their dedicated focus in helping us reach this goal and we look forward to the engine entering into service later this year.

Rolls Royce has two available options of their TEN model that are very similar which are the Trent 1000 and the Trent XWB. The Trent 1000 offers similar qualities such as the Trent XWB but has enhanced thrust and top efficiency. Along with many of the newly added traits it also reduces noise when placed in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. One of the many precautious actions were to test the Trent 1000 TEN was used to power a a test flight across the US that took an approximate 18 hours across the US.

Rolls Royce has been in the industry for a long time and has built rapport with many of its customers to establish credibly.

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Sj30i Engine

The Sj30i engine has finally been able to be adopted and completed to finally be placed on an aircraft.

An Original model for the Sino Swearingen-design (SJ30) was purchased by the Syberjet by the originators Emivest Aerospace Corp. The purchase was done due to bankruptcy that Emivest had to experience and the potential that it showed. Fortunately for SyberJet, Honeywell Inc noticed the capability that the SJ30 had and teamed up to create the SyberVision. The SyberVision is an original cockpit to be used with the SJ30i model. In later time, the partnership wishes to implement the Sybervision into the next versions of the SJ30 such as SJ030X model.

With the transactions with Emivest selling the assets it created a delay in development. The procurement of the new innovative jets came to a hault when General Electric was no longer agreeing to continue to maintain the pitch trim actuator featured with the Sj30i. The cease of production created a 24-month delay to the program that was started initially, forcing SyberJet to take it upon themselves to finish the production creating the (SJ30).

SyberJet later became a part of a subsidiary of MSC Aerospace along with Metalcraft and CBA. This alliance created the perfect opportunity to generate more cash revenue. Along with more cashflow they were able to create an additional two light business jet options of the original Sj30.

The program is set to set out the complete its “maiden flight” as of this year but Syberjet confirms that the deliveries to customers will begin in the year 2019.

The procurement of the newer business jets is still quite unsure and unstable. Per a JetnetIQ forecast released at the 2017 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition it read that the business sales of business jets would be decreasing for the following years.

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