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In the realm of electronic components, where efficiency and temperature management are of the utmost importance, thermal pads are an indispensable tool. These vital components play a pivotal role in maintaining the optimal operating conditions of various electronic devices, making it important to have a basic understanding of them and their use. In this blog, we delve into the details about thermal pads, discussing their applications, various types, and significance in the field of electronic engineering. Read more >>

Posted on November 20, 2023 Michael Rodriguez Aviation

Buzzers play a crucial role in diverse electronic gadgets, functioning as signal emitters or warning systems through the generation of audible tones or vibrations. In addition to being modest in size, these indispensable components are available in various types, each distinguished by its distinct operating principle and usage. In this blog, we will delve into the diverse classifications of buzzers, specifically piezoelectric, magnetic, electromagnetic, mechanical, and electromechanical variants. Read more >>

Posted on October 6, 2023 Michael Rodriguez Aviation

A potentiometer is a three-terminal variable resistor with a sliding or rotating contact that forms an adjustable voltage divider. Upon activation by turning a dial on the device, you can measure the amount of voltage running through different parts of a circuit. The way a potentiometer achieves this is through the use of an adjustable wiper that can be moved along the wire inside the device to control its resistance. Two of the three terminals are the input and output resistors of an internal conductive strip, while the third terminal is connected to the wiper. By adjusting the wiper and dividing the voltage between the two resistors, you can measure displacement in any direction. Though they both work to accomplish the same thing, potentiometers are split into two major design types to suit different applications. In this blog, we will be comparing these two types, linear and rotary, including some of the key benefits and potential drawbacks for each. Read more >>

Posted on September 22, 2022 Michael Rodriguez Aviation

Earlier in 2019, a jet stream of 231 mph swirled high above New York City. Record-breaking speeds like that had not been seen since 1957, when the previous record of 223 mph was set. Aided by this powerful jet stream, a Virgin Atlantic flight reached 801 mph, a possible record for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Unfortunately, Boeing Company does not track the speed of their planes, so there’s no way to know for sure if it was a record. That said, the 787’s average cruising speed is 561 mph, a figure that seems meager in comparison. Read more >>

Posted on October 4, 2019 Michael Rodriguez Aviation

Aircraft refueling may be a common and routine procedure, but you cannot afford to be complacent or inattentive. When fueling, you must keep sparks from occurring, and mitigate the damage when they do. Read more >>

Posted on August 1, 2019 Michael Rodriguez Aviation

In the aviation aftermarket spares industry, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and part manufacturer approvals (PMAs) are in competition. Of course, there are maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses and parts distributors, but when it comes to making the parts, competition is between the former two. Originally, OEMs had a monopoly on parts, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved manufacturing PMAs and drove high prices down through competition. Although the FAA has made it clear that PMAs are just as safe as OEM parts, some are still skeptical.  Read more >>

Posted on April 3, 2019 Michael Rodriguez Aviation

If you have spent a lot of money on a piece of equipment you want to make sure you are protecting it, in the right way. There are two options for protecting a Polychlorinated Biphenyl, referred to as  Printed Circuit Board (PCB) from here on out, resins and coating. Each has advantages and disadvantages when it comes to protecting what’s important to you. Read more >>

Posted on April 12, 2018 Michael Rodriguez Aviation


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