Diesel aircraft engines are those that utilize diesel fuel for operation, and they have served airships and some aircraft since the 20th century. Diesel aero engines feature various advantages such as excellent fuel consumption, low flammability, and high density fuel levels. Nevertheless, they are not as widely implemented in modern aircraft as compared to the turboprop engine or gasoline engines. In this blog, we will discuss the aircraft diesel engine, their various components, and their projected future for aviation moving forward.


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A magnet is an object that is able to produce a magnetic field, and they have been a benefit to the engineering sector and across various industries for a great amount of time. Within the realm of aerospace, magnets prove useful in a variety of applications due to their capability to function for a long amount of time and within more harsh environments. Magnets benefit systems such as aircraft loudspeakers, the fuel pump, flow regulators, actuation system, air compressor, flight control system, and much more. Due to the many uses that magnets provide for aircraft, it is important to understand more about how they work, as well as how they aid operations.


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Gyroscopes are an important part of any internal guidance or navigation system of aircraft. Despite being invented over a century ago, they remain in use to this day. A gyroscope is a device that uses the Earth’s gravity to measure or maintain orientation and angular velocity. The configuration features a spinning wheel or disc in which the axis of rotation is free to take on any orientation. While in rotation, the orientation of this axis is not affected by titling or rotation of the mounting. Gyroscopes have applications throughout the aerospace, aviation, marine, and defense industries. They guide ballistic missiles and satellites, aid in the building of tunnels, and work in ship gun fire control systems.


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Out of every standard gear used for mechanical systems, the spur gear remains the most simple and widely used. Typically, they consist of a circular gear body with straight teeth across the entirety of the circumference. They also feature parallel and coplanar shafts. Alone, spur gears can provide for rotational motion, though if paired with a gear rack, can also create linear motion. Spur gears can be produced from a variety of materials, ranging from metals to polycarbonate plastics. Due to their simplicity, spur gears are easy to design and produce, thus making them very cheap and economical for a wide range of applications.


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Radio is the main form of communication between pilots and air traffic control. In the case of communication failure or if an aircraft is not equipped with a radio, Aviation Light Signals are used to relay aircraft navigational instructions. Much like a third-base coach using his/her hands to signal instructions to a batter, traffic controllers communicate to pilots through the use of signal lamps. Signal lamps generate three colors: red, white, and green and have two states: steady and flashing. These colors and states have specific meanings that vary depending on whether an aircraft is in flight or on the ground.


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