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There are many types of wings for various aircraft. Some may be long or short, and others wide or thin. Some commercial aircraft however, may feature a curved tip at the end of the wings. These aircraft wingtips can often prove beneficial to aircraft performance, and contrary to some beliefs, they can even increase an aircraft’s lift. In this blog, we will explore the functionality of these curved wingtips and why some commercial aircraft feature them. Read more >>

Posted on December 10, 2019 James Hinds Aircraft

When was the last time you took your car in to the shop? Routine checkups are an important part of ensuring your car will run reliably. Similarly, aircraft must routinely go through standardized examinations called base maintenance. Base maintenance includes any modifications, repairs or alterations to the airframe, power plants, aircraft propellers, instruments, flight inspection equipment, avionics, test equipment, and any other aircraft accessories.   Read more >>

Posted on November 4, 2019 James Hinds MRO

There is a library of resources on and offline on how to replace car tires, as well as how to maintain them, and what to look out for when selecting new tires. But when it comes to information on aircraft tires, there aren’t as many resources or information readily available. It’s doubly important to know how to maintain your aircraft tires because the process can be lengthy and far more expensive than replacing car tires. Read on below for more information on aircraft tire maintenance and selecting new tires.  Read more >>

Posted on October 17, 2019 James Hinds MRO

An aircraft engine is a remarkably complex piece of machinery, with hundreds of moving parts that operate outside of the perception of the pilot’s senses. Most mechanical issues in an engine begin affecting the aircraft before they can be seen, heard, or felt. Fortunately, modern technological innovations have led to the creation of aircraft engine monitoring systems, arrays of sensors and digital computers that are designed to help the pilot gauge the health and status of their aircraft. These systems can determine what kinds of maintenance might be required for an aircraft’s engine, or help them determine if an engine is fit for operations. While typically used on commercial aircraft, they are popular for personal aircraft as well. Read more >>

Posted on September 16, 2019 James Hinds Aerospace Engine

Every part of an aircraft has a specific function, and with that function, specific maintenance requirements. The Federal Aviation Authority mandates regular maintenance and inspections of all aircraft, with some parts being required to be replaced after a certain number of hours in flight, no matter their current condition. Read more >>

Posted on August 7, 2019 James Hinds MRO

Chances are, you have probably used a fastener or a machine with fasteners in it within the past week. Used to make a connection between two components, fasteners are small pieces of hardware that come in very handy in a lot of different circumstances. The aerospace industry is particularly fond of fasteners as they form a rigid but temporary connection. Read more >>

Posted on July 10, 2019 James Hinds Aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation; they are responsible for the oversight and regulation of aviation within the United States, as well as operation of the National Airspace System (NAS). The primary responsibility of the FAA is to ensure the safety of civil aviation. Their regulation responsibilities also encompass the following: development of aeronautics, operation of air traffic control and navigation systems for civil and military aircraft, regulation of U.S. commercial space transportation, and the development of programs to mitigate aircraft noise and other environmental effects of aviation. The FAA also controls the construction and operation of airports; adding to the list of complex responsibilities.  Read more >>

Posted on May 31, 2019 James Hinds MRO

The first time I saw an aircraft wiring diagram, I was astounded by the intricate design and complexity. No less notable, is the attention that must be paid to the configuration of every component within the wiring system, including electrical connectors. Each aspect of an aircraft, at one time or another, is exposed to sudden changes in temperature, humidity, and pressurization. As such, even aircraft connectors need to meet two crucial parameters—they need to be durable despite multiple stressors, and easy to replace under a time constraint. Original equipment (OEMs) of aircraft employ field replaceable units, carbon composites, and contact retention methods to meet these requirements. Read more >>

Posted on March 19, 2019 James Hinds Aircraft

Downed planes are costly planes. Aircraft on ground (AOG) situations cost money to buy replacement parts, to pay mechanics and engineers, to pay for inspections, to pay for terminal usage while the plane is downed, etc.; and none of that money is being made if the plane can’t fly, costing even more money. So, it makes sense that the MRO business would be booming, standing to profit tremendously from saving airliners from AOG situations. And, it would make even more sense that the aviation MRO services & industry is currently embroiled in fierce competition to innovate and evolve. Read more >>

Posted on February 26, 2019 James Hinds MRO

Just as automobile companies lease cars, aircraft companies lease commercial aircraft. There are over 10,000 leased aircraft throughout the world, with Asia being the most popular region in terms of leases. Since 2008, the number of leased aircraft has gone up more than 50%, especially in Asia. The number of re-deliveries has been steadily increasing, and so has the number of repairs that need to be completed. Read more >>

Posted on January 22, 2019 James Hinds MRO

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