Within the realm of electronics, potting refers to the manufacturing procedure of filling an electronic assembly with either a solid or gelatinous compound. Potting compounds serve many roles, aiding high voltage assemblies with shock resistance, vibration resistance, mitigation of gaseous phenomena, and protection from moisture, water, and corrosive materials. With the ability to support sensitive components while also protecting the assembly from physical and chemical damage, potting compounds are a crucial part of electronic manufacturing. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common potting compound types, allowing you to best understand their uses and importance.


Read more »


With the use of internal combustion engines and their ability to ignite fuel-and-air mixtures, aircraft can achieve the pressure and force necessary to drive systems and create propulsion for the means of flight. To efficiently burn fuel-and-air mixtures at a proper rate, the ignition systems of general aviation aircraft often utilize what is known as a magneto. As one of the oldest components of general aviation, the magneto is capable of independently producing high voltages that serve to provide engine ignition through the use of spark plugs. To ensure that there is redundancy in the ignition system for the means of safety, many aircraft will have a dual magneto system, meaning that all magnetos and spark plugs are duplicated.


Read more »


The average passenger might assume that the process of refueling an aircraft is roughly the same as that of a car. Insert the hose, pump the gas, and move on. However, aircraft are both larger and more complex than cars, making the fuel process more complicated. In this blog, we will explore the process of refueling an aircraft.


Read more »


The magneto is one of the oldest components of general aviation, and it is an engine driven electrical generator that takes advantage of permanent magnets and coils in order to generate high voltage for firing the spark plugs of aircraft engines. Aircraft magneto devices are regularly found within piston aircraft engines due to their simplistic design and reliable operation, and they require no external source of power for their functionality. As a standard device that has long served aviation, understanding the functionality of the aircraft magneto is important for any pilot or aircraft engineer utilizing such equipment.


Read more »


A capacitor is a type of electronic component that is capable of storing energy in the form of an electric field. As a passive component that features two terminals, capacitors are regularly implemented within circuits to add capacitance. With a variety of types existing across the market, capacitors can benefit a range of applications including energy storage, power conditioning, suppression and coupling, digital memory, and much more. To best understand what capacitors are and how they may be used for a particular system, it can be helpful to be aware of the most common types and their functionalities.


Read more »


Aircraft are robust vehicles, allowing us to achieve heavier-than-air flight and traverse the world in speeds never before thought possible. As aircraft are faced with many stressors and extreme conditions during typical flight operations, their assemblies need to be heavily secured to maintain integrity and safety. While there are a number of methods to conjoin parts for an assembly, the aluminum alloys regularly used for aircraft structures make procedures such as soldering ineffective for robust attachments. Instead, many aircraft manufacturers rely on a number of rivet types to join aluminum structures together due to their ease of installation, high capabilities, and easier maintainability.


Read more »


When constructing electronic equipment, resistors serve as components that provide electrical resistance. With their ability to adjust signal levels, reduce current flow, divide voltages, and more, resistors assist in operations and further ensure equipment protection from volatile current. As a common aspect of electrical networks, resistors may come in a variety of types in order to accommodate different system needs. In this blog, we will discuss the various common resistor components, allowing you to better understand their uses and applications.


Read more »


Rebuild and overhaul are two terms frequently used to describe the condition of an aircraft part. In fact, the two are often used interchangeably. Because of this, people see rebuilt parts and overhauled parts as the same, and find themselves wondering why rebuilt units cost more. However, the truth of the matter is that rebuilt and overhauled parts are different, and refer to different levels of work performed. If a part is ‘overhauled,’ it means that it has been completely disassembled, examined, and parts have been replaced as necessary according to the manufacturer’s overhaul manual. If a part is ‘rebuilt’ it means that the part has been brought back to factory new conditions as per the manufacturer.


Read more »


Aircraft spare parts management is a complex operation consisting of lead-times, stocking, supply chain management, and much more. As maintaining an inventory of spare parts can be costly and time consuming, having quick turnarounds and a smaller inventory can be useful for regulation. With a constantly changing world and industry, ensuring that you always are on top of optimizing your spare parts management with new and reliable practices can help you save money and time while ensuring that you always have what is needed quickly and efficiently.


Read more »


WAAS and LPV are two important navigation tools used to supplement GPS in aircraft. WAAS, or Wide Area Augmentation System, is an air navigation aid developed by the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the accuracy, integrity, and availability of the Global Positioning System. LPV, or localizer performance with vertical guidance, are the precision GPS aviation instrument approach systems available without specialized aircrew training requirements. This blog will discuss both WAAS and LPV in greater detail.


Read more »


For the aircraft gas turbine engine and fuel system to function efficiently and smoothly during flight operations, they require reliable fuel pumps for the transportation of fuel. Aircraft fuel pumps play various roles within the aircraft fuel system, providing for cooling, pressure, transportation, and much more. In this blog, we will discuss some of the various designs and methods that are used to manufacture and implement aircraft fuel pumps, allowing you to have a better understanding of their functionality and uses.


Read more »


Fluid lines are important for a variety of aircraft operations and applications including those related to fuel, oil, oxygen, engine coolant, instrument, and hydraulic lines. The aircraft depends on many of these systems to sustain vital operations, and thus maintaining the fluid lines that enable them to perform is also critical. Rigid fluid lines are a special type of fluid line that is typically used in stationary applications where a straight tubing run is possible.


Read more »


It would be the greatest understatement to say that 2020 has changed everything, including the way we go to work (with most people telecommuting) to the way we go out and buy a week’s worth of groceries. The same is very true for how we travel. In the same vein that September 11, 2001 changed international travel security, COVID19 has changed and still is changing how airlines and passengers in the aviation industry are conducting day to day business. Though the risk of catching an infection on an aircraft is typically lower than in a shopping center or an office environment, there are simple measures that are being implemented to further reduce the risk of illness. These include practicing hand hygiene by washing regularly with soap or an alcohol-based sanitizer, and not touching face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth.


Read more »


When it comes to maintaining wheels and brakes, mechanics often find that complete overhaul of these is more efficient to consistent repairing. That is why it is important for those working in overhaul or MRO to know and understand what they have in stock and how they can utilize that knowledge and their inventory to make the process much more efficient. For more information read the article below.


Read more »


Figuring out what kind of project you will be taking on with your cable assemblies can determine what type and category you will need to complete the work.  Whatever type of project or work, you are doing, it is likely there you will be completing the project with one of three types of cable assemblies. Once you review this list, you’ll be able to make sense of hte many different types of cable assemblies and which category are more suited toward your needs.


Read more »


Commercial aircraft operate at elevations from ranging 30,000 to 45,000 feet and fly at speeds greater than 500 miles per hour. To achieve this, aircraft are powered by engines that spin at rates from 10,000 to 25,000 revolutions per minute. The reliable operation of these aircraft is a testament to the quality of modern aircraft engineering, aircraft maintenance & repair, and the quality of tools used to build and repair aircraft. The power and speed of aircraft result in a great deal of force being exerted on each part of the aircraft. Because of this, every single part of an aircraft, down to the last nut and bolt, must be secured in place properly.


Read more »


Fluid lines are important for a variety of aircraft operations and applications including those related to fuel, oil, oxygen, engine coolant, instrument, and hydraulic lines. The aircraft depends on many of these systems to sustain vital operations, and thus maintaining the fluid lines that enable them to perform is also critical. Rigid fluid lines are a special type of fluid line that is typically used in stationary applications where a straight tubing run is possible.


Read more »


A plane’s ability to take off, descend, turn and steer are all movements made possible by a variety of components, the aircraft flight control system being an essential one of them. The flight control system can be defined as a group of aerodynamic devices that enable a pilot to manipulate the plane’s altitude. The aircraft flight control system includes but is not limited to the aileron, the elevators, and the rudder. In this article, you can read more about how the components that are involved.


Read more »


While most clamp tools take on a similar structure, not one clamp is created equal. The maintenance industry is full of clamp tools, each brand and category of which serve a unique purpose. Some clamps are useful for only jumping cars, while others are designed for holding hoses on the end of pipe spuds. If you’re not too familiar with clamps but are in need of one, read below and you can find a helpful explanation of the many different types of clamps available in the market.


Read more »


Washers are small parts and, by themselves, seem rather insignificant. Despite this, in the aerospace industry, it is plain to see how small parts can be crucial to larger components, making machines greater than the sum of their parts. Each of Boeing’s groundbreaking 787 dreamliners features a staggering 2.4 million fasteners used to assemble it. In fact, almost all of the aircraft in the sky, as well as those in space, are dependent upon an ensemble of tiny parts like washers and other fasteners including nuts and bolts. This blog will shed some light on the many applications of washers within the aerospace industry and give you a better idea of their importance.


Read more »


Those working in the aviation manufacturing industry are likely familiar with essential tools such as hand cutting tools. While some of these tools can be utilized in other fields- including the auto and marine industry- they are significant to aviation mechanics and manufacturers. Below you’ll find a brief outline and description of the tools that aircraft manufacturers tend to use.


Read more »


Aircraft maintenance is imperative in ensuring airworthiness and the safety of every passenger, crew member, and piece of cargo. Proper maintenance requires more than just training and experience, it also requires the proper tools. Here are six of the most important tools used in aircraft maintenance.


Read more »


The fuel system is an extremely integral part of aircraft as it helps to deliver fuel to engine, creating power and propulsion that allows for flight. Basic aircraft often have a single fuel tank that is gravity fed and a fuel line that connects the tank to the aircraft engine. Modern aircraft, however, are more complex and may include multiple fuel tanks with plumbing, valves, and internal fuel pumps. No matter the amount of tanks and components, an aircraft fuel system always consists of an aircraft fuel system and an engine fuel system. With the varying types that exist in differing types of aircraft, how do their fuel systems function?


Read more »


Aircraft maintenance checks are periodic inspections that every commercial and civil aircraft must go through after a certain number of flying hours or length of time of use. Military aircraft go through different sets of checks, but their maintenance programs are just as stringent.


Read more »


Whether you are just entering the world of aviation or are a seasoned veteran in the industry, there is an entire library of terminology that you must be familiar with in order to succeed in this field. For those already acquainted with the industry, consider this an important review. And for those fledgling pilots, pilot mechanics and the like: get your study hat on and get to work.


Read more »


Categories

Recent Twitter Posts

Semiconductor's Certifications and Memberships
Thank You for Visiting!

Remember, If You Want A Competitive Quote for Parts In Fifteen Minutes Or Less, You Can Simply Fill Out the Request for Quote form On This Website’s Home Page.

Request for Quote