An Introduction Deicing Boots and How They Work

Deicing boots are commonly found on commercial jets. Commercial jets fly at high altitudes. The typical cruising altitude for a commercial jet is about 30,000 to 40,000 feet. At these altitudes, temperatures can drop to a staggering minus 70 degrees … Read More

What Are Drill Stops and How Do They Work?

Drilling too far into an object can often result in serious damage. If there’s another part behind the object, for instance, you may inadvertently strike it with the drill bit. There are products available, however, to prevent this from happening. … Read More

Breaking Down the Different Types of Cotter Pins

Cotter pins are fasteners consisting of a piece of metal. Also known as split pins, they are designed for use in holes. You can insert a cotter pin into a hole to secure a component. And you can typically remove … Read More

Grommets vs Rivets: What’s the Difference?

Think grommets and rivets are the same? Think again. While they are both used in the aerospace industry, they are two different types of components with their own unique purpose. Unless you’re familiar with them, though, you might be wondering … Read More

The Beginner’s Guide to Truss Head Screws

Have you heard of truss head screws? They are commonly used in the aerospace manufacturing industry. Like all screws, truss head screws feature external threading, which allows them to secure parts with internal threading. Truss head screws, though, feature a … Read More

What Are High-Lift Devices on Airplanes?

When researching aerospace components, you may come across high-lift devices. All airplanes require lift. Lift is the invisible force that acts against gravity. During flight, it holds airplanes in the air. While most of the lift produced by airplanes comes … Read More

The Beginner’s Guide to Cleco Fasteners

Cleco fasteners are commonly used in the aerospace manufacturing industry. Like most other types of fasteners, they are designed to hold parts together. Cleco fasteners, however, aren’t designed for permanent fastening applications. Rather, they are typically used to temporarily hold … Read More

The Basics of Floating Anchor Nuts and How They Work

Anchor nuts are commonly used in airplanes. Also known as nutplates, they feature a threaded hole made of stamped metal. Anchor nuts are blind fasteners that you can install to the backside of a threaded rod. While some anchor nuts … Read More

What Are Overwing Exits on Airplanes?

Commercial airplanes often feature multiple types of emergency exits. In addition to traditional emergency exit doors, they feature overwing exits. From the Boeing 737 to the Airbus A320, some of the world’s most popular commercial airplanes feature overwing exits. What … Read More