A spinner is an aircraft component fitted over a propeller hub or at the center of a turbofan engine. Spinners make the aircraft more streamlined, reduce aerodynamic drag, and smooth the airflow so it enters the air intake more efficiently. An added benefit is that spinners offer mechanics protection through control of the propeller blades. Despite their convenience, spinners are not without problems. An important issue to be aware of is tension cracks. These can develop where the spinner is mounted on the base plate, so the spinner should always be checked before flight. These cracks can lead to imbalance of the spinner, creating vibrations and significantly hindering the aircraft’s performance.


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The jet engine is built up on many different parts, which are placed together in an intricate system that can take hours for maintenance workers to put together to pull apart. These parts consist of but are not limited to air intakes, subsonic inlets, supersonic inlets, turbines, compressors, fuel systems, propellant pumps, turbopumps, ignition, lubrication systems, and more. In this article, we will go over a brief outline on some of the major parts, all the parts of which you can find in stock at ASAP Aviation Hub.


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When lightning strikes, aircraft electrical devices and electrical equipment in general must be protected. This protection is achieved through the use of lightning arresters, or surge protectors as they are called for smaller versions . These devices divert lightning surges either to the ground or away from electrical components by providing a path of which high-voltage lightning currents can bypass connected equipment. This is achieved by spark gaps or blocks made of semiconducting material -- such as silicon carbide or zinc oxide -- connected to lines entering volt-sensitive electrical devices and equipment.


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One shared experience for people who’ve taken off on a plane or landed to a destination in the nighttime hours is seeing all the various lights that there are at the airport and on the runway. From flashing beams of red, yellow and other colors, the runway acts as a guideline for the pilot flying your plane. There are a total of nine different color combinations mapped out on airport runways, according to the FAA’s most up to date airfield’s Standards publications.  If you’re on your way to work in the aviation industry or are simply curious about what all these lights mean, see below for a basic outline of the different aircraft lights and their significances.


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All but the most rudimentary aircraft require batteries to run their various electrical systems, such as lighting, avionics, communications equipment, and more. Batteries are mostly used in the preflight sequence before takeoff, to power the aircraft’s electrical system and start the engines and auxiliary power unit (APU). Once the aircraft is in flight, the APU will typically take over powering electrical circuits as well as recharge the batteries for the adapter emergency lighting for flight.


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Every industry tends to have its own set of acronyms and jargon to classify specific items in their fields. The aviation and aerospace industry is no different. In this industry, there are thousands of items under thousands of classifications, with hundreds more sets of rules and certifications. By having these acronyms and classifications, people working in the industry will have a smoother process of referencing such items and regulations. Below you’ll find a brief glossary of acronyms, many of which are used to categorize the standards of parts.


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The U.S. National Hurricane Center recognizes hurricane season as June 1st to November 30th. With the season spanning half of the year, it’s important for aircraft owners to know how to protect their inventory. Unpredictable weather can wreak detrimental havoc with little warning, but having a hurricane plan at the ready can limit damage or eliminate it altogether. Here are a few ways you can prepare your aircraft for a hurricane:


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Aircraft and airports come equipped with a myriad of lights that are designed to perform different functions, whether it be navigation, safety, improving visibility, or signaling, the lights on an aircraft are essential to its communications. An aircraft’s external lighting includes navigation lights, anti-collision lights, landing lights, taxi lights, and wing lights.


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Aircraft engines are large, complex components that cannot simply be stored under a hood or stowed away in the fuselage.  The engine must be fitted to the aircraft in a specific way to meet two parameters:  first, to ensure the engine will not come loose in any way, and second, to isolate the engine from the passengers and crew onboard. The answer to these two requirements is to either mount the engine under the wings, or near the rear of the aircraft. Each design has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of aircraft.


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It is an inevitable maxim that what goes up, must inevitably come back down. No aircraft can sustain flight indefinitely until now, perhaps. The Swiss private project Solar Impulse has developed an aircraft by the same name that can theoretically stay in the air indefinitely, with its only limitations being those of the pilot’s body and mind.


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Preparation is key to any operation and depending on the size of the operation there are more requirements that must be met in order to ensure safety and quality of service. International flight is on a scale so grand that there a multitude of things to consider before flying. Here’s a list of things that can help simplify preparations for your next international flight.


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