While flight has radically changed our ability to traverse the world and reach new heights since its inception, the aviation industry is still in a stage of constant evolution. As the applications of aircraft continue to diversify and the demands of operations grow, the industry is always seeking ways in which technology and offerings can improve to accommodate rising needs. Whether an aircraft is a standard commercial airliner or a military transportation jet, all aircraft may find a time in which they need quick access to special equipment, tools, and spare parts. Known as a fly away kit, such containers may come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate many parts and equipment sets.


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Precise CNC (computer numerical control) machining is critical in ensuring that plastic aircraft parts are durable, reliable, and lightweight. Whether its humidity, corrosion, rapid temperature and pressure changes, or other, aircraft are constantly subjected to harsh environments. As such, their parts must be up for a challenge. Precision machining is critical for all aircraft parts, but some need it more than others. For an aircraft to be in top shape, all parts must be functioning as intended. A single flawed or damaged part can affect the entire system. In this blog, we will discuss the six areas where precision is most important: the engine, avionics, sensors, airframe, connectors, and seating.


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When operating an aircraft engine, an immense amount of internal heat is generated, sometimes even reaching temperatures around 2,000 degrees Celsius in certain engines. This is due to the process of fuel combustion that many engines utilize for producing propulsion. With such fuel ignition and heat generation, engines and their surrounding components can heat up very quickly, leading to damage if left unchecked. To mitigate this heat and cool down the engine to acceptable temperature limits, various aircraft cooling systems are in place. In this blog, we will discuss the various aircraft cooling systems that benefit different aircraft, and how they provide for temperature reduction.


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To operate heavy, flight-pertinent machinery such as landing gear and main steam system valves, aircraft rely on the hydraulic system. With a hydraulic system, a small volume of fluids may be utilized to transfer high amounts of pressure and force. This is due to the incompressibility of fluids, allowing for force to be equally transferred throughout the fluid as according to Pascal’s law of hydraulics. For hydraulics to be successfully operated, they require the use of aircraft actuators.


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From directional control to changes in altitude, an aircraft autopilot system can control many aspects of the flight, aiding the pilot when necessary, as well as making the trek smooth and efficient. Some may be surprised to know that aircraft can even control and execute a landing, though it is very uncommon. Less than 1 in 100 commercial airliner flights are ever landed through autopilot, and it is often reserved for times where visibility is extremely poor. Nevertheless, it is something that many planes are capable of doing, and it can be a very smooth and safe operation due to the expertise of pilots. In this article, we will discuss how autopilot is able to conduct landings by itself.


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As a plane descends and prepares for landing, it conjures an incredible amount of force around it. Planes are typically traveling at about 200 miles per hour when touching down on the runway; thus, they require a superb braking system. Even when idle, thrust is produced and travels forward as it acts against the deceleration systems. The braking system on aircraft are sufficient enough to stop most aircraft, yet in case of emergency, another deceleration method is needed for safety purposes and to prolong the longevity of the brakes.


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The average passenger aircraft has upwards of 1,000 various aircraft cable bundles installed within its structure. The wiring and cable assemblies serve integral tasks including flight control, data bus, fireproof redundancy, and more. Two of those cable systems that are imperative to avionics are flight control cables and data bus cables.  


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