Unless something goes wrong with your hangar door, it is often hard to fully appreciate how important it is to the condition of your aircraft. From keeping out wind, varmints, and other contaminants to maintaining proper interior temperatures, hangar doors are often unsung heroes that work behind the scenes to protect complex machinery making up your vehicle. For this reason, it is vital to consider things like your budget parameters, safety concerns, and the environmental factors of your area before making a choice between the variety of hangar door types available on the market. Here are the common types of hangar doors you will come across and where they work best.
If you own an aircraft, you likely know the benefits hangars provide in terms of keeping aircraft safe and sound. Whether you need to protect your aircraft from the cold, moisture, or other various things that may deter overall health, it is important that your hangar of choice suits your needs while being a reliable solution for protection. While factors like space and ease of use are crucial, there is also the matter of what type of door that is present. As doors may vary in their design and configuration to accommodate diverse needs, it can be beneficial to have a basic understanding of common options so that you are more prepared for when the time comes to make a decision.
From early biplanes to modern commercial airliners, airplane design has come a long way to accommodate more weight, reach higher speeds, and carry out increasingly complex maneuvers. One such advancement in recent years has been NASA’s development of the spanwise adaptive wing (SAW). This design has planes able to adjust wingtips for greater maneuverability for a wide range of plane types. As such, they have become useful mechanisms for creating lighter, quicker planes. To learn more about SAWs and their associated advancements, read on as we discuss how this innovation is allowing for even more capable aircraft.
Vision-based control of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft is the primary way in which pilots navigate aerial vehicles. To fly an aircraft reliably, without the need for human intervention, there is another system in place. The automatic flight control system (AFCS) is part of an aircraft’s avionics that includes electronics for communications, navigation, collision avoidance, and weather.
Audio transformers, as their name suggests, are employed for use among various audio equipment with a working frequency range being between 10 and 20,000 Hz. Meanwhile, the impedance is often utilized to transform the voltage or change the load. This type of transformer is generally used in radios, televisions, voltage amplifiers, and other related applications.
A vacuum pump is considered one of the most critical technological apparatuses in the airline and travel industries. Without vacuum pumps, many global operations across different sectors would feel the effects. Vacuum pumps are responsible for removing gas molecules from a sealed volume to create a virtual vacuum, allowing fluids to rush into the vacuum as a result of the difference in pressure gradients. To better understand their importance, this blog will outline the main reasons vacuum pumps are indispensable to the aerospace industry.
Marine engines are the powerhouses of water-based vessels, serving to generate the propulsion necessary to move. Marine engines are faced with a tough job, carrying out the combustion of fuel for power while also operating in an environment surrounded by water and contaminants. As a result, marine engines regularly face wear and tear during use, necessitating maintenance and inspection on a regular basis. The maintenance process for a marine engine will often vary, ranging from management of the engine cooling system to cleaning out clogged fuel filters. To help you better plan for possible maintenance endeavors, we will discuss the basic care required for marine engines and the costs associated with them.
Fasteners are a crucial part of any aircraft, and they are responsible for holding everything from the engine to the landing gear together in secure assemblies. Consequently, aviation fasteners must be made from high-quality materials and should be installed correctly. Made from durable materials and designed to withstand immense forces, aviation fasteners play a vital role in keeping an aircraft safe in flight. They secure various critical aircraft parts, ensuring robust assemblies with connections that are easy to maintain. They must also be able to resist vibration and provide a tight seal that prevents leaks. Without aviation fasteners, an aircraft would not be able to function safely or efficiently.
Modern-day aircraft are continuously being improved and changed, ensuring that safety and efficiency is maintained. Aircraft cockpits in particular have seen many improvements, including the switch from conventional CRT displays to liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. To better understand how much impact this has on the aviation industry, this blog will cover LCD panels, their characteristics, and their advantages.
Commercial aircraft fly best at high altitudes, enabling them to enhance fuel consumption and avoid adverse weather effects. While such altitudes are beneficial for flight, for humans, such heights can be detrimental. In fact, the higher we go, the less oxygen there is available to breathe because air density decreases with altitude.
Cotter pins are staple aircraft hardware devices used to assemble aircraft components together safely. In this article, we shall learn more about the purpose of these pins and how they are used in conjunction with other aircraft components.
Pressure transmitters are common components that are used in various industries, serving a number of important roles. Before introducing you to such a versatile instrument that is in wide use across today's industries, let us first discuss the terms transducer and transmitter. Of course, many will say that both the terms are the same, and both can be used interchangeably. However, when you perform research for these two terms, you will get a wide range of results. As such, it is important to be aware of the typical definition of each.
Whether propeller assemblies are present on aircraft or marine vessels, such assemblies serve to convert engine power into thrust. For aircraft in particular, engine power is transferred to the propeller blade assembly through a rotating shaft, allowing for a large mass of air to have its velocity increased as the propeller twists through the atmosphere. For a propeller to optimally serve an aircraft and produce ample thrust, it must act with high efficiency to mitigate the amount of power loss between the engine and blades. In this blog, we will discuss the common factors that have an effect on propeller efficiency, and how it can be bolstered for reliability.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based radio navigation system that is used to determine the ground position of an object. Information derived from GPS can be utilized to craft accurate surveys and maps, take precise time measurements, and track position or location. Since its initial launch in 1978, the market for GPS devices has transformed, offering users handheld GPS options found in tablets, cellular phones, and more. In this blog, we will cover how to choose the right GPS device for your applications.
Determining one's altitude has been a critical part of flying since aviators first took to the skies. As such, the barometric altimeter has been long employed to give pilots an accurate measurement of the current height they are flying at. Its invention allowed aircraft to fly in conditions with less visibility while still providing a precise altitude. As aviation instrument technology advanced, the radar altimeter has become commonplace on many modern aircraft. It works with the barometric altimeter to provide pilots a more accurate representation of their altitude. In this blog, we will discuss the history, function, and application of radar altimeters.
An audio transformer is an electrical device that modifies and filters an electromagnetic signal as it passes between two circuits. While their implementation is widespread, audio transformers are most commonly used in audio circuitry. This blog will discuss the basics of how audio transformers work, how they are classified, and their typical applications.
In the maritime and aviation industries, there are countless applications for hoses and lines that are used daily. The fuel, hydraulic, and electric lines that serve marine vessels and aircraft can vary in length and width, but they all share one feature: they must be stored safely. This blog will discuss the different types of hose reels which have long been used to safely and efficiently store hoses and cables.
When lifting heavy items with the use of rigging equipment, the winch is a crucial part that consists of a rope, chain, or cable that is wound around a drum. With the use of a motor or crank, the winch may be turned for the means of lifting or hoisting objects with less power that would normally be needed for a certain weight. As technology that has been steadily relied on since ancient times, having an understanding of how winches and their related equipment may be used is crucial for any major lifting operation.
A piston engine is a powerful apparatus, capable of harnessing the pressure of combusted fuel-and-air mixtures to generate a rotational movement. In order for proper combustion and operations, piston engines require minimal loss, efficient heat transfer, and much more. With a metallic split ring known as a piston ring, the gaps between the piston and the cylinder wall may be sealed for the protection of the engine assembly and its performance. There are also multiple types of piston rings, each of which may be implemented in varying areas of the assembly to provide different functions.
While marine vessels are less constricted in their range of operation as compared to other forms of travel such as automobiles, there are still plenty of rules and guidelines that should be followed to maintain safe operations on the open water. Similar to the traffic lights and stops that dictate how we drive, buoys, beacons, and lights are the primary navigation tools that assist vessels in their operations. Such items can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, many having distinct meanings that can be very useful for proper navigation. In this blog, we will provide an overview of the buoys, beacons, and lights that serve marine navigation, allowing you to better understand how to conduct safe operations on the open water.
Cowlings are removable covers that are used for aircraft engines in order to reduce drag and increase cooling for temperature control. Despite their importance for the overall performance of the aircraft, cowlings are often structures that are not given the attention they deserve. When one needs to install a cowling on their aircraft for a repair or for the first time, it is crucial that the cover is shaped to the installation or adjusted to optimally fit. As such, proper cowling installation should always be carried out.
When piloting an aircraft, the altimeter is an indispensable instrument for safe and efficient operations. Altimeters are used to determine the altitude of an aircraft in comparison to sea level. In order to garner such readings, the instrument relies on various parts and components that allow it to measure pressure. As altimeter readings are consistently used for flight planning, flight operations, and may require fixes for errors, understanding how the altimeter functions is crucial for any pilot.
Relays are a type of electrically operated switch, and they provide input terminals and operating contact terminals for their functionality. Depending on the relay, they may be implemented within a device in order to control a circuit with a low-power signal or several circuits with a single signal. In their infancy, relays served as signal repeaters for long-distance telegraph circuits as well as telephone exchanges. As more advancements were made to such electrical switch components, their applications widened to include a number of electronic systems and appliances for motor control, circuit protection, safety-critical logic procedures, and more. While a number of relays exist to facilitate numerous needs, the three primary types that are most often used include the electromechanical, solid-state, and reed relay.
A voltage regulator is a device that provides two functions: changing the input voltage to a different level at the output and regulation, or maintenance of a constant output voltage despite changing load conditions. They are an important component in any power system, and choosing the right regulator for your system is crucial in developing an optimum solution. In this blog, we will discuss the types of regulators and how to decide which one is best for you.
Even the most responsible and frugal aircraft owners understand that owning an aircraft will never be inexpensive. Despite this, there are many steps you can take to minimize the need for expensive repairs, especially with your propeller. Regular inspection and preventative maintenance will not only increase the service life of your propeller, but also save a significant amount of money over time. This blog will cover five things you can do to protect your propeller and extend its operational life.
When flying, you probably aren’t thinking about the many components that keep an aircraft in flight. Despite this, there are countless parts, both small and large, working together in an aircraft to keep it airborne. One part that the average passenger might not know about is the liquid level sensor. Regardless, this and other sensors play a major role in ensuring the proper function of an aircraft. This blog will explain the four main sensors on an aircraft: the liquid level sensor, temperature sensor, flow sensor, and airplane pressure sensor, and provide insight on the details of each sensor’s functions.
The marine diesel engine is an advanced apparatus, allowing for the combustion powered operation of vessels on water. Generally, a marine engine may either be inboard or outboard, meaning that the engine may be implemented within the hull of a boat or mounted upon the hull itself. Regardless of which type of diesel engine is present on a marine vessel, many share the same components and systems that allow them to operate efficiently.
Unknown to a majority of people outside of aviation, manufacturing, and industrial space, an air capacitor is a type of capacitor that uses air as a dielectric medium which is placed between conductive plates. Or in basic terms, they are capacitors that utilize air as a dielectric, with the most simple form being one that is made of two conductive plates separated by an air gap. As for the way that they are manufactured, air capacitors can be produced as either a fixed or variable. The difference between fixed capacitors and variable air capacitors is that the latter are often applied more than the former because it has a simpler makeup. In contrast, the air capacitors are hardly used since there are many other types with superior characteristics. For more information on air capacitors, read the article below.
Air bearings, also known as aerostatic or aerodynamic bearings, are fluid bearings that use a thin film of pressurized gas to provide a low friction load-bearing interface between surfaces. The two surfaces do not touch, thereby avoiding the traditional problems associated with bearings such as friction, wear and tear, particulates, and lubricant handling. Instead, air bearings offer advantages such as a lack of backlash or static friction and high performance in high-speed applications. In aerospace, friction is a common problem encountered in nearly all operations. Air bearings are critical in reducing friction and preventing serious damage caused by it. This blog will explain the main benefits of air bearings as well as their four main applications throughout the aerospace industry.
Just like an aircraft, automobile, or any other vehicle, a boat will inevitably need repairs after certain intervals. Repairs will usually require the ship to dock, but depending on the severity of the repairs, they can also be done at sea assuming a support vessel has the necessary equipment, parts, and repairmen capable of carrying out the task. There are three categories of marine repair: electrical and mechanical repairs, marine engine repairs, and emergency response repairs. This blog will explain each type and what they entail.
Whether there is the unveiling of new gadgets, different airplane models, or flying vehicles, the world is excited and enthusiastic about the eventual fate of flying, which is the reason so many eyes are intently following the advancement of the E-Fan, the main airplane fueled by electrical power. A two-seat trial airplane, created via Airbus Group and accomplices, the E-Fan is the primarily 100% electrical airplane. With its first flight early this year, in half a month time it will be uncovered which company will be manufacturing the airplane.
Across all machine design seals, the O-ring remains the most common type for a variety of reasons. O-rings are fairly inexpensive to produce, simple to manufacturer, highly reliable, and provide for quick installation. Because of this, the O-ring is used in many different applications and provides for a number of uses. In this blog, we will discuss what O-rings are, some of their various types, and their shelf life.
The marine radar of a ship is useful for providing the captain and crew awareness of other ships and land obstacles that are surrounding them during their voyage. Detection is achieved through the radar emission of a radio signal which bounces back to the radar when it comes into contact with another marine vessel or object, thus providing an estimate of surrounding targets. With this reading, the captain and crew can then enact collision avoidance and properly navigate the ocean safely.
In aviation, a connector is an essential tool that aids and facilitates maintenance when frequent disconnection of parts is necessary. As aircraft connectors are used frequently, it’s important that they are well maintained. They go through harsh conditions and heavy vibration, but despite their conditions that they must weather, these aviation parts are designed to be durable. While there are different families and types of connectors, each serves its own individual purpose as coupling parts. If you’re working in the aviation sphere and need to acquire a connector part, be sure that you select the right part for your needs. In this article, we will discuss the different types of connectors and how you can select the right ones for you.
There is a lot of choice for consumers shopping for engine lubricant. If you’re in the market and looking, you can come across many choices including engine oil, gear case drive lubricants, liquid spray lubricants, and drive lubricant, engine tuners, fogging oil and much more. If you need a proper lubrication system for your marine diesel engine, read on below for a brief overview of what your engine will need and which products can provide the best results for you.
Almost all marine machinery today is incorporated with electronic automation systems from remote controlled operations to advanced pollution control methods. Electronic advancement has been seen predominantly in the two stroke main engines of a ship. In electronic marine engines, the electronic system serves to improve efficiency and performance of the main engine by providing better communication and control. With this said, no matter how technologically advanced a ship may become, marine engines will still consist of mechanical moving parts. Maintenance of these electronic and mechanical parts is the top priority of a ship engineer. In this article we will go over some important tips to ensure a smooth and safe trip on water.
Before deciding whether or not you need to repair any broken propeller for your boat, it is important to first establish if replacing would be a better option as opposed to doing propeller maintenance work. You can figure this out simply by asking yourself if the propeller kept your motor in the correct rpm range. Did the boat using the propeller accelerate well? Did you notice vibrations from the propellor when taking out the boat? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a replacement might be better than trying to repair the propeller.
With the advent of lighter, higher RPM engines for marine vessels, engines have faced less ability to absorb vibrations that come with operation. With Marine engine mounts, boats can work to dampen the amount of vibrations caused by the engines, while also ensuring that the engine is secured to the vessel correctly. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of marine engine mounts for vessel engines.
The end of summer marks the close of boating season, so as the days shorten and the nights turn colder, owners of boating vessels take this grace period before the chill fully sets in to prepare their vessels for a long winter. Aside from just simply storing away their boats, there is more that needs to be administered in order to ensure the functionality of a boating vessel for future seasons. Doing less could leave your boat vulnerable to damage and costly repair work.
Choosing a GPS for a marine vessel might seem like a foreign concept to some people, but the more you get familiar with what you or your Captain need to direct the boat, the less complex it becomes to shop around for the right GPS. Read on below to see some helpful tips on what to look out for in your search.
The motor is obviously one of the most important considerations in a boat’s design, determining the boat’s speed, maneuverability, center of balance, and maintenance needs. There are two choices in where a boat’s motor is placed, either an inboard configuration, or an outboard configuration. In this blog, we will break down the differences between the two designs, and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Offshore boating offers adventure and opportunities that near-shore boating simply cannot. Fishing, travel, and the simple thrill of the open seas are all available, but offshore boating also carries its share of risks and challenges. The lack of visual reference points, long distance navigation, and the unpredictability of the open ocean all make offshore boating far more difficult. Therefore, having modern electronics onboard is critical for a safe voyage.
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