While the aviation industry continues to experiment with electrical and hybrid engines for carbon-reduction initiatives, a majority of aircraft today continue to rely on the combustion of fuel and air for achieving the means of flight. Many internal combustion engines ignite fuel-and-air mixtures with the use of spark plugs, those of which are provided their electrical charge by the magneto ignition system. In this blog, we will discuss the design and functionality of the magneto ignition system, allowing you to better maintain such assemblies for airworthiness, efficiency, and safety.


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Like all components, there are those that are better suited for certain jobs and applications. As such, when considering the purchase of new or updated ground support equipment, one must keep in mind each component's range in capabilities. Specifically, ground power units (GPU) are much smaller and more efficient than their previous models, making it imperative that they be chosen with care to function as intended. Within this blog, we will be going over how different GPUs function to ensure you find the right device to power your operations.


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The windshield in the aircraft cockpit is crucial for standard flight operations, providing pilots a visual of the direction that they are heading. While many instruments are present to enable control over directions, speed, etc., maintaining sight out of the aircraft is extremely important for basic collision avoidance and other processes. As the aircraft windshield is one of the only structures separating pilots within the flight deck from below freezing air, a lack of oxygen, and other various hazards, such parts are rigorously designed. In this blog, we will discuss the flight deck cockpit windshield in detail, allowing you to best understand their importance and features.


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The aircraft gas turbine engine has greatly benefited powered flight since its inception, and various types and advancements have come about over the years to continue improvements. With their high efficiency and low cost, the gas turbine aircraft propulsion system now dominates the aviation sector. In this blog, we will discuss some of the major features of gas turbine engines that set them apart from other propulsion systems, allowing you to better understand why they have become so widespread in use.


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When an aircraft is readying itself for departure and needs to initiate engine operations, a ground support equipment device known as an aircraft air start unit (ASU) is extremely useful. Utilized by countless types of aircraft across the globe, aircraft air starter units ensure that the engine is capable of cranking until a self-sustaining speed is reached. As an equipment piece that is used during the boarding process until the aircraft is ready for pushback and departure, having an understanding of the aircraft air start unit’s functionality may be beneficial for any aerospace personnel involved with aircraft starting procedures.


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Aircraft engines are robust apparatuses, tasked with generating propulsion and thrust through the combustion of fuel-and-air mixtures. While all aircraft components and structures should regularly be cleaned, the aircraft engine in particular must be well attended to for the prevention of residue buildup which may hinder operations, cause corrosion, or result in other various issues. As the aircraft engine compartment and its components may be damaged if cleaning is not carried out correctly, it is paramount that operators understand the proper procedures to maintain the health of all parts.


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Heating and exhausting gases in select aircraft, afterburners are a unique tool for many fixed-wing vehicles utilizing turbojet or turbofan gas turbine engines. Also known as ‘reheat’ or the second combustion chamber within an engine that is situated directly in front of an exhaust nozzle, an afterburner may be found attached to the exhaust-end of a jet engine. Coming affixed to engine systems composed of compressors and combustion chambers, units with  afterburners are incapable of functioning without all parts of an engine operating simultaneously. To better understand the fundamentals of an afterburner and how they help certain aircraft achieve speeds once thought of as unobtainable, we will go into detail on why these parts are valuable and what sets them apart in the evolution of aviation history.


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As air pressure and oxygen density lowers as an aircraft increases its altitude, it is important that they have systems capable of compressing air for the sake of optimal combustion. For many non-ground boost systems or standard aircraft engine types, air pressure can be increased upwards to a value of 30 inches of mercury. With a supercharged engine, also known as a ground boosted engine, the manifold pressure of the engine can reach above 30 inches of mercury which can be beneficial for various aircraft types. As the engines of many light aircraft are devoid of compressors, supercharged induction systems may be used for the means of achieving high fuel and air mixture efficiency.


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In order for an aircraft to efficiently have fuel loaded, stored, managed, and transported for combustion, it relies on the aircraft fuel system. The fuel systems of aircraft can greatly vary depending upon the aircraft they are installed in, ranging from simple gravity feed fuel tanks to those with multiple fuel tanks and fuel pumps for transportation. Despite the variety of aircraft fuel systems that exist across different models, the basic process of servicing such systems for hazard prevention remains similar. In this blog, we will discuss how one may service their aircraft fuel system and keep it safe, ensuring that all parts provide long and reliable service lives.


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The correct oil can reduce friction losses in an engine to a minimum. To find the correct oil, factors such as engine usage, ambient temperature, climate, location, and engine design should all be considered. Lubrication plays a critical role in the life of an engine. Without it, the engine would fail within minutes, meaning keeping a close eye on it during flight is important. The oil system in an aircraft engine is very reliable and only requires minimal maintenance in the form of regular oil and filter changes and visual inspections. Having a basic understanding of the engine system is critical for professional and private pilots alike. In this blog, we will discuss the basics of oil maintenance.


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