Aircraft maintenance is an important procedure, ensuring that such vehicles are well-looked over for any potential issues that may detract from performance, airworthiness, and general safety. As some aircraft may be large and complex, the maintenance procedure has become more robust. With increases in technology, devices such as drones have been introduced to the maintenance procedure, allowing for various increases in efficiency. In this blog, we will discuss the introduction of drone surveillance systems, allowing you to better understand the role that they have begun to undertake in regard to aircraft maintenance.


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A bearing is a common machine element found in countless assemblies, often serving to mitigate the friction generated between moving parts while also constraining motion as needed. Within the realm of aviation, bearings are commonly used due to their durable and lightweight properties, and they are present in a number of assemblies ranging from the engines of an aircraft to its wings. While coming in the form of a small component, the properties and functionalities of bearings make them an indispensable part of any aircraft. In this blog, we will discuss aircraft bearings and the various types that are commonly used for assemblies, allowing you to better understand the roles that they play for flight operations.


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A rotary-wing aircraft, or rotorcraft, is a type of heavier-than-air aircraft that features rotary wings or blades. Unlike typical fixed-wing aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft produce lift through the means of rotating their wings or blades around a vertical mast. Depending on one’s particular needs or application, there are a few common types of rotorcraft one may use, including those such as helicopters, autogyros, and gyrodynes. In this blog, we will provide an overview of the primary rotorcraft types, discussing the configurations and capabilities of each so that you may best understand them.


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Aircraft piston engines, also referred to as reciprocating engines, are those that utilize one or more reciprocating pistons for the means of transforming pressure into a rotating motion. Coming in a variety of forms, piston engines have long served aircraft since the inception of powered flight. Despite their long history, piston engines can still be found on a number of modern models, utilizing their standard operations to drive propeller assemblies for the means of flight. In this blog, we will describe the basic functionality of piston aircraft engine types, allowing you to understand how they work.


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Aircraft wheels and tires are required to work in extreme conditions, often supporting up to 340 tons and accelerating at speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour during takeoff. Furthermore, they are subject to varied environmental stresses while in flight and during taxiing. While cruising, tires are exposed to temperatures below -40°C and, at touchdown, tire temperatures can briefly exceed 200°C. Additionally, during a rejected takeoff, a fully loaded aircraft accelerates to takeoff speed, and then must stop on the remaining runway. In this scenario, tires must withstand extreme heat and stress until the aircraft comes to a complete stop. As the aircraft tire and wheel assembly is subjected to multiple takeoffs and landings each day, there are few aircraft components that take more daily abuse.


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