When working with various fluids that are traversing within enclosed systems, it is very beneficial to have as much control over flow and movement as required for safety, performance, etc. In order to achieve this, it is common to use valves which are devices with adjustable orifices and elements that allow flow to effectively be manipulated. Based on one’s needs, there are a number of valves to choose from, each varying in its specific design and capabilities. One popular type of valve for control is the non-return valve, and this device is a single-way valve that only permits fluids to flow in a singular direction. This is crucial when fluids cannot be allowed to move upstream, whether this is due to issues such as increased fluid pressure, contamination, performance loss, etc. In this blog, we will discuss the functionality and design of non-return valves, allowing you to have a better understanding of the options available for you and when they can be used.


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From before they leave the terminal to the time when they land at their target destination, aircraft pilots must make a lot of important decisions during each flight. When making these decisions, there will be many different things to take in consideration, all of which can change at a moment's notice. To best prepare pilots for the multitude of decisions they will need to make, a model for decision making was devised called the “5 Ps.” These five factors should be considered at many different points during a flight, including during pre-flight checks before takeoff, multiple times throughout the flight, during landing right before final approach, and just before entering ground traffic. Whether responding to regular changes in the environment or facing an emergency, these five factors should be considered:


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Can aircraft survive a water crash landing without sinking or capsizing? With the help of modern technology and emergency flotation systems (EFS), certain aircraft like military and large commercial helicopters can stay afloat. Reserved for deployment during controlled ditching or upon a water impact, EFS are designed to minimize the chance of losing an aircraft to water damage so that the vehicle can be saved or salvaged.


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When entering a flight training program, individuals have the choice of learning how to pilot airplanes or helicopters. While fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft are both capable of achieving heavier-than-air flight, they are quite different in their application, control scheme, regulations, and more. Prospective pilots can achieve their licenses and certifications for both aircraft, but the time, cost, and effort needed for such affairs will demand that individuals choose one to start with before learning the other. To figure out which aircraft type is best for you to begin with, we will provide an overview of the various differences between both.


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A CAGE Code, or Commercial and Government Entity Code, is an important five-character identification number used to support mechanized systems throughout the government and provide a standardized method of identifying a given entity and their specific location. CAGE codes are assigned by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and are recognized by such organizations as the United States Department of Defense, NASA, and many NATO countries. Prior to doing business with the U.S. government or NATO, companies and corporations must first acquire a unique CAGE Code. In this blog, we will take a deeper look at CAGE Codes, their value, and where they fit in relation to other unique identifiers involved in government contracting.


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Torquing is the process of tightening a fastener to the ideal level. Though it may not seem important on the surface, improper torquing of a fastener can lead to serious consequences as severe as damage to the entire structure, machine, or component it is installed in. Torquing to perfection is a difficult process which requires engineering-level expertise on how to handle fasteners. The effect of perfect torquing can do a lot to extend the service life of fasteners as well as the component it is used in. As a matter of fact, many premature structural failures are due to improper fastening. This blog will explore what torquing is, why it’s important, and how it is done.


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As with any motorized vehicle, wheel brakes are extremely important for the safety and control of an aircraft. When landing, they can help slow down the aircraft to safer speeds for stopping, as well as help pilots navigate the aerodrome with steering, taxiing, parking, and more. Most aircraft braking systems are operated through hydraulic pressure, and pilots can utilize the system with pedals, though some may feature separate hand levers as well. Sometimes, due to the size and weight of aircraft, powered braking systems can aid a pilot in slowing down the aircraft when the pedals are not enough. There are various types of aircraft brakes to help with slowing down and controlling the vehicle, which we will discuss below.


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