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You have boarded the airplane and made your way to your seat. If you glance out the window, you can see several unobtrusive, short rods poking out of the trailing ends of the aircraft’s broad wings near the flaps. Some aircraft have five, ten, or sometimes even more of these wire-like features that are called static wicks or dischargers. Believe it or not, these devices are crucial to the plane’s safety, as they are able to help dissipate any static charges that the plane might face while in the air.      


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While all aircraft windows on passenger planes are constructed to be highly secure and reliable while providing visuals outside of the cabin, the specific design of each may vary based on the model of aircraft or operating company. For example, those of Boeing 787 aircraft are known for being devoid of any physical shade, differing from other models where a physical light blocker can be pulled down when one wishes to prevent the entrance of sunlight. Despite this, windows on a Boeing 787 can still block out light with the use of buttons that control tint. As this is a very different method of light control when compared to other aircraft models, one may wonder how the cabin window dark tint feature is possible.


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When discussing aircraft, it is important to consider that the term covers both fixed-wing and rotary-wing variations. Airplanes are a common example of fixed-wing aircraft, featuring rigid wings and powerful engines that allow them to create ample lift for long distance flight. Meanwhile, helicopters are the most notable form of rotary-wing aircraft, and they utilize an assembly of rotary blades that rapidly spin around a centralized mass atop the fuselage to create lift. With these two distinct forms of flight, it is only natural that both forms of aircraft widely differ in their capabilities. One of the biggest differences between airplanes and helicopters is the ability to hover and stand still in the air at any point in flight, an ability that is generally not held by vehicles with airplane wings.


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Although it might be intuitive to think that aircraft aim to fly at the highest speeds possible throughout flight, this is not the case in practice. In fact, pilots constantly monitor and adjust airspeed to optimize for maximum efficiency and safety. Determining proper airspeed is equally complex as it is important, which is why it is necessary to review some key concepts first, including how airspeed and efficiency are measured. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about airspeed optimization, highlighting its importance, measurement, and determination criteria.


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Rivets are a commonly used fastener type within the realm of aircraft design and construction, allowing for various parts and structures to be securely attached together with a permanent connection that can withstand rigorous environmental conditions. While standard solid rivets are commonplace on aircraft and serve numerous applications, they are not the only type that is used for aviation construction. Blind rivets, also trademarked as POP rivets, are types of rivets that are widely used for the construction of aircraft, serving for the assembly of their skin sections, HVAC systems, overhead doors, and more. Blind or POP rivets are generally chosen for their special design that allows them to be installed from a single side of an assembly, making it easier for workers to secure objects in areas where access to both sides is impossible or not feasible.


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As a vital part of the rain removal system in aircraft, airplane windshield wipers play an integral role in maintaining the pilot’s visibility. Unlike the windshield wipers found on ground vehicles, those in aircraft are not used for the entire duration of a rainy trip, but rather during taxiing only. Once the plane is in flight, the windshield wipers are often rendered inoperative. Due to other rain protection systems, many aircraft do not rely on windshield wipers at all; however, commercial planes must be equipped with windshield wipers for specific situations. Despite the fact that many aircraft operate without windshield wipers, they are a significant component of flight in rainy weather for some. With this in mind, this blog will explore the way aircraft windshield wipers operate and the functions they perform.


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Since its implementation in the 1960s, satellite navigation has proven to be a critical asset to both military and civil operations, providing users with accurate and real-time location data. Even standard consumers benefit daily from satellite navigation technology in the form of GPS on their phones. Although the GPS is the most widely used satellite-based navigation system available, there are several other variants used by particular countries around the globe that provide a similar level of functionality. In this blog, we will discuss the history and operating principles behind satellite navigation while also explaining the several systems currently in use.


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When aircraft land on a runway at the end of a flight operation, it is important that they are able to stop forward movement as quickly as possible while ensuring no damage to structures or major discomfort to passengers. The use of reverse thrust is common for aircraft deceleration, and it reduces stopping distances and the amount of wear brakes and wheels face. Modern assemblies redirect propulsive forces through the adjustment of a portion of the engine cowling. To ensure that the adjustment is maintained regardless of motion or stressors, redundant systems must be put in place. The standard is to use electromagnetic brakes or locks, allowing for the cowling to remain in place until an electrical signal is given for release.


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A majority of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and military aircraft are equipped with advanced electronics and equipment that is integral to their optimal functionality. As electronic devices produce excess heat, they necessitate thermal management systems to improve their reliability. Typically, the amount of heat output is equal to the power input as long as there are no additional energy interactions. As such, selecting the proper thermal relief system should correspond to the amount of heat that must be expelled.


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Vacuum gauges are instruments that measure pressure below atmospheric pressure. They find use in a multitude of industries, ensuring the proper functionality and reliability of a particular system or equipment. As such, this blog will cover vacuum gauges, their uses, and their function to better understand their importance.


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Check valves are a common element of piping systems involving fluids, and such parts serve as a preventative method against backflow. As a type of one-way valve, check valves only permit the flow of fluids in a single direction for the protection of piping, valves, pumps, and other hardware against the detrimental effects of water hammer. In this blog, we will discuss the common types of check valves and their applications, allowing you to better understand the importance of such parts.


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