A swivel socket is a special type of metal tool that is utilized for tightening or loosening bolts. The socket head swivels in varying directions to enable a user to access bolts in compact spaces and at awkward angles. Meanwhile, the socket is affixed to a driver that the user can turn and apply force to in order to loosen or tighten a bolt. Furthermore, swivel sockets are generally designed according to application, and the size of the socket opening can also differ to accomodate a myriad of bolt sizes.


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A screw ball bearing is a fairly unique piece of hardware, coming in the form of a bearing that is made up of a screw, nut, reversing device, and a ball. With a screw ball bearing, rotary motion can be transformed into linear motion, or vice versa, making it versatile in its use. Furthermore, the screw ball bearing is known for its high precision, high efficiency, and minor frictional resistance, allowing it to benefit a number of industrial applications and precision instruments.


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As altitude increases, the density of air gradually decreases. For aircraft, this means that less power can be generated through the combustion of fuel-and-air mixtures, necessitating equipment such as compressors that can increase the pressure of drawn-in air. The air compressor of a jet engine is a key reason for why such apparatuses are so powerful and useful, allowing for atmospheric air to be compressed prior to use. While compressed air is indeed beneficial for the combustion process, it is not the only use. In this blog, we will discuss the purpose of an air compressor for aerospace applications, allowing you to better understand their applications in aviation settings.


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Two terms that are often conflated with one another are thumb drive and flash drive. While many people do not see the differences between both devices, they have many distinguishing features that set them apart. As such, this blog will cover thumb drives and flash drives, their differences, and their uses.


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A barcode scanner is a device that utilizes a scanner composed of a lightsource, lens, and light sensor to read and translate information that barcodes contain. A barcode scanner's function is simple and relatively easy to understand. It measures the amount of light that is being reflected when a code is scanned by a beam of light produced by the barcode scanner. The reason for measuring the amount of light that is reflected while using a scanner is that the black bars making up a barcode reflect less light than the white spaces accompanying them. After this, the scanner automatically converts observed light energy into electrical energy. From here, a decoder within the scanner comes into action by converting collected electrical energy into data before forwarding it to a computer.


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Transmitters and receivers have evolved over the decades to make sending and receiving data easier. This is due to the evolution of electronic devices transitioning to the use of wireless equipment, as compared to employing traditional wired hardware. While traditional wired devices may have the fuss of figuring out which terminal to plug your device into, alongside the maneuvering of tangled cords, wireless devices have no cords, making them easy to deal with. For example, when a device is transmitting audio information to a connected speaker via bluetooth transmission to produce audible noise, this is all achieved through the use of a transmitter and receiver exchanging and transforming signals.


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A glider is a special type of aircraft that lacks an engine. You may ask yourself: how does an aircraft fly without an engine? In order for a glider to traverse the sky, it must generate ample lift to oppose its weight. To generate lift, a glider must move through the air, which also produces drag.


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Aircraft maintenance is one of the most important aspects of standard aircraft operations. The maintenance crew is responsible for ensuring that the plane is working optimally, allowing pilots to safely traverse the sky. Over time, the aviation industry has solidified a rigorous set of standards that require both specialized knowledge and refined mechanical skills when conducting inspections.


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Turbine engines are powerful apparatuses, allowing large, heavier-than-air aircraft to traverse high altitudes with ease. To maintain compliance with FAA mandates and to uphold the safety and integrity of the aircraft, the turbine engine should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Typically, turbine engines will follow a maintenance schedule that is determined by flight hours and engine cycles. While flight hours are fairly straightforward in measuring the elapsed time between liftoff and touchdown, engine cycles are a little more difficult to define.


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A Tachometer is a sensor device that is utilized in many applications ranging from power generation to aerospace operations, capable of measuring the speed of rotating objects as they revolve. Generally, tachometers are used for the measurement of shafts and disks that are a part of a motor vehicle engine or industrial machine. As the speed of revolution is tested, tachometers will provide a measurement in the form of “revolutions per minute” (RPM).


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There are many reasons why an engine might fail to start, one of the most common being vapor lock. Vapor lock occurs when the fuel in your fuel lines vaporizes, turning from a liquid to a gas. Vapor lock can disrupt the delivery of liquid fuel to the engine, resulting in the aircraft stalling. If an aircraft stalls, it may no longer be able to produce lift and may be more difficult to restart once it has been warmed up. With this in mind, this blog will provide a brief overview of vapor lock and why it happens in order to understand how you may prevent it.


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Bungee cord is the commonly used name for a cord with an interior that is made of elastic fibers blanketed in a woven sheath. Other names used to describe this type of rope are “shock cord” and “elastic cord.” Bungee cords provide a cost-effective alternative to metal chains and other rope needed to hang, lower, or raise certain goods.


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Within the realm of aviation, the two primary forms of fuel induction systems are carburetors and fuel injectors. While serving a similar purpose in directing and distributing fuel to the induction system, each features different operations and various benefits and drawbacks that may have an effect on performance and flight efficiency. In order to understand the difference between each system, as well as which may serve as a good fit for your particular needs, we will provide a brief overview of carburetor and fuel injected engines.


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Pneumatic systems are quite common to a number of industries, often used for dentist tools, factory machines, paint sprayers, and much more. A pneumatic system is quite comparable to a hydraulic system, albeit utilizing pressurized gases in lieu of pressurized fluids. When equipped on an aircraft, a pneumatic system can be used for the transmission of power for the means of operating brakes, doors, emergency devices, and driving systems.


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In the realm of mechanics, a transmission is simply a machine placed within a power transmission system which is capable of managing the application of power. When placed within a vehicle, the transmission system is tasked with transforming the output of an internal combustion engine into a force that can be harnessed by wheels, rotors, and other such assemblies. In regard to helicopters in particular, the transmission system is implemented for the means of transferring power from the engine to the main rotor, trail rotor, clutch, and freewheeling unit. In this blog, we will discuss the primary components of a typical helicopter transmission system, allowing you to better understand how each assembly section and its related components work together to help the helicopter achieve and maintain flight.


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Lighting strikes are extremely common, often occurring around 100 times every second across the globe. Despite the possible worries of aircraft passengers, lightning poses minimal risk to the individuals aboard the vessel. Oftentimes, a strike may even occur during flight without any passengers noticing, and a typical aircraft will be struck multiple times a year on average. While lightning generally poses little risk to an aircraft, it is still important that ample protection is implemented to ensure that fuel tanks, sensitive electronics, and other aircraft parts are all kept isolated from strikes. To reduce the threat of lightning strikes, engineers utilize a number of common protective solutions and techniques.


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Gas turbine engines and reciprocating engines are technological marvels, allowing small and large aircraft to efficiently travel across the globe. Unlike the engine of an automobile or an early aircraft, the starting process for a modern aircraft engine is much more complex and may require multiple equipment pieces to be carried out. As engine assemblies are paramount to the capability of flight, it can be extremely beneficial to understand how the engine starting process works as well as what systems are involved in order to ensure proper functionality.


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Propellers serve numerous aircraft for their propulsion generation, and keeping them well maintained is crucial for long service lives and optimal performance. When propellers require various forms of maintenance or replacement, it is important that one knows the correct procedures for both removal and installation. While one should always refer to specific manufacturer specifications and instructions for how to properly remove and install propellers, there are some general procedures that most assemblies will follow.


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For an internal combustion engine to provide an aircraft with sufficient propulsion generation, both fuel and air need to be efficiently mixed and combusted throughout the duration of the flight. While there are multiple methods of producing and igniting fuel and air mixtures, many aircraft will utilize equipment known as carburetors. With a carburetor assembly, intake air can be measured and properly mixed with fuel to produce an optimal ratio for combustion. Typically, many carburetors will be a float-type, meaning that they utilize a carburetor float to measure and regulate fuel flow.


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Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is a technology concerned with the thermal comfort and air quality of an indoor environment. By heating or cooling air with various systems and components, the temperature of a building can be controlled with ease. To route such treated air and ensure its proper distribution throughout a building, a number of air ducts may be implemented. Depending on the need of the system and recommendations by HVAC professionals, a number of air duct types may be chosen from.


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