6 Facts About Black Box Recorders

Flight recorders play an important role in aviation safety. Also known colloquially as “black boxes,” they store data about the airplane with which they are used. If an accident occurs, investigators can analyze the airplane’s black box to determine what … Read More

Why Airplanes Have an Exhaust Temperature Gauge

If you ever step into the cockpit of a light piston airplane, you may discover that it has an exhaust temperature gauge. Also known as an EGT gauge or EGT sensor, it reveals the temperature of the airplane’s exhaust gases. … Read More

What Is an Internal Wrenching Bolt?

Bolts come in a variety of styles. While most of these styles consist of a solid head with a fixed number of edges, some of them feature a drive recess within the head. Known as internal wrenching bolts, they are … Read More

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Nutplate

For some fastening applications, a traditional nut simply won’t cut it. Instead, you may need to use a nutplate. Also known as an anchor nuts, nutplates are fasteners with a threaded hole in the center. They are typically made of … Read More

Understanding the Ignition Switch and How It Works

As most seasoned pilots know, activating the ignition switch is one of the first steps to taking off from the runway. It’s the equivalent of inserting and turning a key in the ignition of an automobile. The ignition switch will … Read More

The Beginner’s Guide to Cable Shackles

When using cables to lift or tow objects, you may want to invest in a shackle. Connecting a cable directly to an object can result in damage. Due to friction, either the cable or the object itself may sustain damage. … Read More

Understanding the Throttle and How It Works

The throttle is one of the most important control mechanisms in an airplane. Also known as a throttle lever, it allows pilots to adjust the engine power. Pilots can increase or decrease an engine’s power by pushing or pulling the … Read More

Wide-Area Washers: Everything You Should Know

Washers play an important role in protecting equipment and related parts from damage. These ring-shaped fasteners are designed to distribute the load of a threaded fastener. Rather than placing a bolt directly through the equipment or parts, you can use … Read More

The Beginner’s Guide to AGC Fuses

Fuses play an important role in protecting electronic devices from overcurrent-related damage. From appliances and light fixtures to flight instruments and radios, most electronic devices can only handle so much electricity. Overcurrent is a phenomenon in which the current to … Read More