Aircraft engines are paramount for standard flight operations, burning fuel and air mixtures for the means of generating propulsion and thrust. The number of engines on a particular aircraft may vary based on its type, role, and other factors. While small, piston-powered aircraft may feature a single reciprocating engine for flight, a commercial airliner may feature upwards of four aircraft jet engines. While four engines may seem like a lot, there are very good reasons for this configuration. In this blog, we will discuss the four engine design that is often found on commercial aircraft, allowing you to better understand why such configurations are found on various models. 


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Landing gear enables aircraft to safely take off and land, also allowing the vehicle to traverse a taxiway or runway surface with ease. Landing gear may vary in design depending upon the aircraft model, its intended application, and other various factors. Tailwheel-type landing gear, also known as conventional landing gear, is a common undercarriage configuration that is commonly found on numerous light aircraft models. In this blog, we will discuss the tailwheel-type landing gear design, allowing you to better understand how it affects the flight operations of various aircraft.


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Flight control surfaces are standard aerodynamic devices found on countless aircraft, allowing for a pilot to govern flight attitude with ease. Main and secondary control surfaces are used for most management, coming in the form of ailerons, rudders, elevators, flaps, slats, and other devices that deflect the air stream. Control trimming surfaces, or trim tabs, meanwhile, are surfaces that counteract the aerodynamic forces exerted on control surfaces.. With their use, pilots may carry out changes while exerting less force on controls. 


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Helicopters are a form of rotary-wing aircraft or rotorcraft, featuring horizontally-spinning rotors that generate the lift and thrust needed for flight. With the common design and configurations of such vehicles, helicopters are capable of conducting vertical take off and landing operations, hovering, and flying forward, backward, and laterally. For a pilot to harness such abilities, helicopters feature various flight controls that enable management over various systems and flight surfaces. In this blog, we will discuss the controls of helicopters, allowing you to better understand how such rotary-wing aircraft types are flown.


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On fixed-wing aircraft, flight control surfaces are needed to regulate attitude and direction. Without these controls, the vehicle would not be capable of directional change or stable flight while in the air. Consisting of the ailerons, elevator, and rudder, these components make up what are known as the primary flight control surfaces. Though these components may differ depending on the model of aircraft, such aerodynamic devices can always be found regardless of the vehicle size. Within this blog, we will discuss the primary components making up the control surfaces of aircraft and how they individually function to provide control over pitch, roll, and yaw.


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The various flight instruments present in an aircraft are paramount for its safe and efficient operation, allowing for pilots to monitor various flight conditions. From the altitude of the aircraft to its airspeed, there are many numerous data types that the primary flight instruments record and display for the pilot on various gauges or screens situated within the cockpit flight deck. In the possible case of a system failure, it is important that there is some sort of backup system to ensure that pilots can continue to operate safely with the information they need for controlling the aircraft. As the primary backup system for flight instruments, many aircraft feature what are known as standby flight instruments.


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A backshell accessory is a component that is mounted onto the rear threads of a connector to both house and protect contacts and other sensitive elements. Backshell connectors can also provide a cable clamping mechanism, ensuring that strain relief is provided to the cables or wires to mitigate mechanical stress. Coming in the form of a piece that is either screwed or locked onto the shell of a connector, backshell accessories are very important for the performance and safety of electrical connections.


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When operating aircraft, pilots will typically rely upon a number of instruments and systems that function with the use of electrical power. In the instance that electrical power is lost, there must be some form of backup system so that pilots can continue to utilize flight controls, the aircraft communication system, aircraft navigation control, and other such devices. With a deployable wind turbine known as a ram air turbine, power can be generated from the airstream with the use of ram pressure.


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A valve is a mechanical component that is often used to regulate, control, and direct the flow of fluids through adjustable orifices and passageways. For reciprocating aircraft engines in particular, valves are crucial for safe and efficient operations as aircraft valves will dictate the flow and pressure of air, fuel, coolants, and more. To ensure that aircraft valves operate as intended and are not held-back by mishaps or improper timing, various valve operating mechanisms are implemented to manage their proper functionality. 


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