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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Helicopters have come a long way since their creation in Germany during WWII. We have seen the emergence and evolution of helicopters for attack, transport, observation, utility, and beyond. Despite the multiple applications that helicopters can serve, they often use the same types of landing gear. The most common landing gear for helicopters includes wheels, skids, and floats. In this blog, we will discuss the three main types of landing gear and what their differences are.


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Many people nowadays have flown in an aircraft at some point in their life. They may gaze from their seat as the wings glide through the sky, see the engines spin fast during takeoff, or maybe watch a movie on a provided screen on the seat in front of them during their flight. Others may be fascinated by the many tools and electronics they see in the captain’s cockpit as they enter and exit the plane. All of these are things that make up the planes that we are familiar with, but there are actually millions of small and large aircraft parts that all come together to make these grand machines. And with all of these parts, the need to eventually repair or replace comes with time.


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Jet engines are marvels of engineering. A symphony of tiny, intricate parts work in tandem to make an aircraft take flight. Although it's easy to be overwhelmed by the complexity of each moving part, the basic jet engine components are relatively simple. There are five main sections of an engine: the air inlet, the compressor, the combustor, the turbine, and the exhaust. This blog will provide some basic information on each of these.


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In aviation, the yaw axis is the direction the nose of the aircraft points in the left/right axis on a flat, horizontal plane. For conventional fixed-wing aircraft, yaw control is accomplished by a vertical stabilizer or rudder built into the tail of the aircraft, which steers the aircraft left or right much like a rudder steers a boat in the water. But helicopters don’t have rudders, so how do they achieve yaw control?


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