In recent years, the aerospace industry has been facing constant upward growth. Within the United States, aviation is considered one of the quickest growing industries and has a market growth trend of around 14% a year. The United States is not alone in this, as the industry is seeing growth across the globe, including both the commercial and defense sectors. Because of this, it is no surprise to see the aircraft turbocharger market thriving right alongside it.


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When assembling an aircraft, there are an insane amount of parts that come together to complete it, and the Boeing 747-8 alone is comprised of over six million. Bearings are a common hardware component that can be found in any aircraft or vehicle and depending on the need, there may even be multiple types of bearings that are present. In this blog, we will give a brief overview of a few of the most common types of bearings used in aircraft and their functionality.


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Like all industries, the connector industry goes through its own set of changes, evolutions, rises, and falls. In this blog, we’ll break down some of the most important upcoming trends for the connector industry in 2020.


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Bearings are mechanical devices used to assist machinery in linear and rotational movement, friction reduction, and load support. They produce less friction than a sliding surface, and therefore enable the systems to which they are affixed to operate faster and more efficiently. Bearings are in use throughout the aerospace, civil aviation, defense, and marine sectors. Though bearings are simple parts, their importance cannot be overstated. The most commonly found bearings in the aerospace and defense industries are roller bearings, ball bearings, ball thrust bearings, screw bearings, baffle bearings, actuator bearings, and needle bearings.


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Due to the risk that a failure poses to the passengers and crew of an aircraft, the windows mounted in an aircraft’s fuselage are exhaustively designed and tested against any possible dangers they may face. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Advisory Circular 25.775-1 mandates that aircraft windows must undergo the same level of strength and resilience testing as other parts of the fuselage, like the wings and engines.


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Aircraft fasteners are a necessary part in a vast array of commercial aircraft, military aircraft, missiles, rockets, and a variety of other aerospace machinery. While fasteners are a seemingly small, insignificant part, they have a great effect on the functionality and efficiency of an aircraft. Consistency and effectiveness are achieved only through expert measuring, alignment, and installation. To meet the strenuous requirements of the aerospace industry, fasteners must be planned, engineered, and implemented diligently. Proper, precise fitting of fasteners can eliminate the need for other materials, shedding weight and helping an aircraft thrive.


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Hydraulic systems need piping to transport hydraulic fluid from one point to another. To provide transportation in a safe and effective manner, engineers use a variety of hard metal tubing and flexible hosing, depending on the requirements of the hydraulic system and the aircraft in general.


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Antennas come in many shapes and sizes depending on their intended use. Depending on the transmitter and receiver they connect to, installation and maintenance are essential to ensure they’re connecting correctly. There are a few things that airborne antennas specifically need to be airworthy. They need to be mechanically secure considering how much wind resistance it will be encountering. They also have to be electronically matched to the receiver and transmitter, be out of interference and in an optimal location to receive transmissions and be synced or polarized to the ground station it receives transmissions from.


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When we think about how aircraft fly, we are prone to automatically thinking about planes, their engines, and how they have to race down a runway in order to generate enough speeds to achieve lift. While rotorcraft such as helicopters follow similar principles of aerodynamics in order to achieve lift, the system they use, rotors, are quite different.


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A slip ring is an electrical connector component that is designed to carry a current from a wire into a rotating device. It can be used in any electromechanical system that requires rotation while it transmits power. Slip rings can simplify system operations, eliminate the need for freestanding wires, and improve overall mechanical performance.


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In 1903, The Wright Brothers’ airfoil shaped propeller blades made the first powered flight in history. Nowadays, we still use a similar airfoil design for modern propeller blades, but we have a few options as far as pitch and angle of attack. Two commonly seen propeller types are fixed pitch propellers and variable pitch propellers.


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A materials revolution has been sweeping aviation science since the 1970’s. The most exciting material development— carbon composite fibers. Standard commercial aircraft has over 4 million parts; the efficiency and versatility of composite materials could reduce this number, and as a result, lighten the weight of modern aircraft by at least 20%. To put that into perspective, for every kilogram of weight reduced by these fibers, an aircraft manufacturer can save around one million dollars in overall production costs.


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Traveling is truly a unique experience. Especially if you are sitting in the window seat. Being able look out the aircraft windows and see the clouds or looking down at all the sights below while cruising at around 40,000 feet in the air, there’s nothing quite like flying. At Emirates Airline, they understand how exhilarating looking out the window can be. So, they decided to change the game a bit.


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When getting ready to take off, most passengers are impatient to get going. They don’t realize how much work goes into preparing them for takeoff. In fact, it’s pretty mind-boggling how much work goes into preparing for a single flight. The cabin crew usually arrive 30-45 minutes before takeoff in order to organize every aspect of the flight: safety, catering, boarding, and announcements.


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It’s common knowledge: for the sake growth, industries drive innovation. And no industry pushes the limits of technology the way the oil and gas industry does. Constantly pushing for deeper wells, harsher environments, and more sophisticated and efficient driller practices, the oil and gas industry has been calling for more power and more robust solutions. And at the top of their list, are top drives and everything that support them, especially bearings.


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Earlier in September, Northrop Grumman, Duke University, and University of Washington announced that they will be partnering to develop metamaterial-based antennas specifically for use with military aircraft platforms.


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