Introduction of Aircraft Components

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What are the Parts of Aircraft?

An aircraft can have more than a thousand different parts that make up the vessel. From small nuts and bolts to large engines pieces, these parts each play their own vital role in making the vessel fully functional. Landing gear is just one example out of the many pieces that constitute an aircraft (and which we carry). Landing gear can consist of a monowheel or a tricycle two wheeled undercarriage, retractable wheels, and much more. While they may play a different role from an engine or other more well known parts, these parts have undergone the same rigorous quality assurance testing.

Along with landing gear, other parts of an aircraft include the Hydraulic System Parts such as the ailerons (the small small hinged sections on the outboard portion of a wing), spoilers (plates on the top surface of a wing that help control the lift component of the wing), and elevator (found on the tail and used to control the angle of attack on an aircraft). There are also other vital parts of the aircraft which include the engine, rotor, propeller, etc.

The main components of an aircraft consists of the following parts: the fuselage, the fuselage, the wings, and the empennage. The fuselage is the main body of the aircraft. Shaped as a large hollow tube that encompasses the cabin and/or cockpit, it is the portion of the plane that holds passengers and to which the wings and empennage are attached.

The empennage is the tail section of the aircraft, which consists of the horizontal stabilizer and the vertical stabilizer. In commercial aircraft, the empennage is built from the cabin pressure-cone and may contain the Flight Data Recorder, Cockpit Voice Recorder and the pressure out-flow valve. The stabilator, in addition to the aforementioned rudder and elevator, is also a part of the empennage. It is a large piece of materials with an anti-servo tab on the leading edge that works also as a trim tab. It works to prevent the pilot from making too many corrections to control the aircraft.

The wings are arguably the defining characteristic of any aircraft. Attached on both sides of the fuselage, the wings are held together by stringers, metal spars, and ribs. The ailerons, slaps, and flaps can be found on the trailing edges of the wings. The slats serve the same purpose as the flaps in that they increase surface area to help create more lift for takeoff and landing. The ailerons, as mentioned, are rectangular shaped airfoils that help perturb the flow of air over the wing. Meanwhile, on the upper surface of the wing, you can find spoilers, which are the small hinged plates that can make the plane descend or slow down.

What are the different types of Aircraft?

There are several different types that you can see flying above you. Commercial aircraft are the most common aircraft that you’ll see but there are various others including cargo aircraft, gliders, turboprops and more.

Fixed-wing aircraft

True to its name, fixed wing aircraft indicates that the wings are fixed in place to the plane. There are many different types of fixed wing aircraft including commercial passenger planes, cargo planes, gliders, private planes and certain military aircraft.

Rotary Wing Aircraft

A rotary wing aircraft is an aircraft that uses a spinning rotor with aerofoil section blades to generate lift. These types include helicopters, autogyros, gyrodynes, tricopter, quadcopter, rotor hexacopter, UAVs, and others. While some have different number of rotors (ex: the tricopter has 3 rotors) each use the lift force generated by the rotor thrust.

Turboprop

A turboprop aircraft uses a gearbox fueled by Gas Turbine Engines. The gearbox can turn the propellers on an aircraft to generate lift.Turboprop aircraft have the capabilities to carry more passengers and cargo than their piston powered counterparts and can typically fly higher than them (up to 35,000 ft).

Jet Aircraft

While technically under the category of a Fixed Wing Aircraft, jets are unique in that they are propelled by jet engines. Jet engines can achieve maximum efficiency at speeds near or higher than the speed of sound, with cruising speeds faster than Mach 0.8 or 609 mph. They are mostly used for flying trips that require 600 to 1,000 miles of travel.

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