There are many misconceptions about high altitude flight and how it is achieved, whether that be through the use of turbocharger or supercharger engines and their application of forced induction systems. As most general aviation piston engines are typically aspirated, this results in various flight instructors, commercial pilots, and private pilots who have minimal practical experience working with forced induction systems. To get a better understanding of how turbochargers and superchargers compare and contrast, we will briefly go over how they work, allowing you to use this information for future applications.


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Spark plugs are used in a variety of vehicles to deliver electric current to the combustion chamber to ignite the fuel/air mixture during the appropriate phase of the engine cycle. While most recognize spark plugs through their association with automobiles, these components play a crucial role in many aircraft to facilitate continuous engine operation. When it comes to aviation, the spark plug is exposed to unique challenges and is therefore explicitly designed to perform its task. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about spark plugs in aircraft, including their design, operation, and maintenance.


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Born out of necessity and applied by professionals, the goal for an aircraft engine is reliability. Unlike other vehicles where power is their primary concern, aircraft designers focus on ensuring these machines can be relied upon in any situation without fail – which means they are not just built to move forward.


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In order for an aircraft to achieve ample flight control throughout an operation, they often rely on a number of flight surfaces and devices that affect aerodynamics and heading. Aircraft spoilers are common devices that are found on numerous assemblies, used to reduce aerofoil lift in a controlled manner. Through the intentional reduction of lift, the aircraft spoilers generate a controlled stall over the rear portion of the wing. As airplane hardware parts that enable more control over aerodynamics during various flight procedures, having an understanding of how spoilers and roll spoilers function is crucial for any current or aspiring pilot.


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For a majority of aircraft, propulsion and flight is made possible through the combustion of fuel and air mixtures within an engine. For an aircraft piston engine in particular, such systems will burn fuel within cylinders, creating the necessary reciprocal power needed to drive propellers. This continuous operation throughout a flight can result in high amounts of heat and exhaust within the system, requiring the expulsion of spent fuel to reduce pressure, mitigate heat, and more. The expulsion of such matter and heat is achieved through the use of the aircraft exhaust system, that of which contains a number of important parts and characteristics that ensure the efficiency and wellbeing of aircraft and their engines. 


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A gas turbine power plant, also referred to as a gas turbine engine, is a type of internal combustion engine that utilizes compressed fuel and air mixtures to produce mechanical or electrical power. Ranging in use from the power plants of aircraft to industrial gas turbines used for mechanical drive, gas turbines can come in a variety of shapes and forms to accommodate varying applications. While gas turbine engines may differ based on their application, all will contain primary elements such as the gas compressor, a combustor, and a downstream turbine.


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A broad range of tools are used in the process of rivet installation. This includes hand tools such as rivet cutters, bucking bars, hand riveters, countersinks, and dimpling tools, and power tools such as pneumatic rivet guns, rivet squeezers, and microshavers. In this blog, we will discuss each type of tool and its basics functions.


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The aircraft gas turbine engine has highly advanced our capabilities of flight, allowing for aircraft to conduct powerful compression and combustion to achieve high altitude flight at great speeds. As the compression of air is crucial for efficient flight operations, the compressor section of the engine assembly is specifically designed to handle high amounts of intake air and increase its pressure. With the compressor, air can be pressurized to benefit fuel ignition, cabin pressurization, de-icing, cabin heating and cooling, and many other processes that benefit flight operations. Due to the various roles undertaken by the compressor, it is paramount that such assemblies are understood and well-maintained to sustain their efficient operations.


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A critical aspect of regular turbofan or turboprop engine maintenance is the hot engine inspection. A hot section inspection (HSI) refers to the examination of the condition of many key engine parts, such as the turbine blades, combustion chamber, stators, vane rings, compressor turbine disk, and shroud segments. In this blog, we will further discuss what HSIs are, and why they are so important.


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Aircraft fasteners serve as one of the most important components of aircraft construction, allowing for parts to be fixed together through mechanical means. In general, various types of aviation hardware provide their unique roles that benefit assemblies, and commonly used components include nuts, screws, bolts, and more. One type of aviation hardware type that is often overlooked for its importance is the washer, that of which may be paired with threaded fasteners and other components to provide various benefits.


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