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Boeing recently passed their one-year anniversary of the 737 Max. Their anniversary has been supported by a large, in-service fleet that has satisfied the promises for improved fuel efficiency while also fighting problems normally faced with new aircrafts. The Boeing Company delivered one-hundred thirty aircrafts that represent two versions of the 737 Max in its first 12 months of delivery to Lion Air’s subsidiary that is based in Malaysia. It is speculated that delivery could have been higher, but CFM International, the engine supplier for the 737 Max fell a few weeks behind on a scheduled ramp-up of Leap-1B engine production.

The one-hundred thirty deliveries of the 737 Max within just one year is double the delivery of the A32neo family that Airbus Group delivered to customers over its first year of operation. Airbus also faced issues with supplier production shortfalls, which involved cabin interiors and backload for the Pratt and Whitney PW1100G engine. As of now, the twenty-eight Max operators have logged almost 120,00 hours on almost 42,000 flights. The operators carried 6.5 million passengers.

The 737 Max family faces a high expectation for reliability, as the experienced 737NG series operates with a 99.7% mission dispatch rate. Boeing vice-president Randy Tinseth notes however that minor issues are bound to be faced in the beginning. Boeing’s fleet now hold a 99.4% mission dispatch rate, which is projected to improve to 99.7% by the end of this year.

Aerospace Orbit, which is owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, is an easy to use platform to source national stock members from more than thirty federal codes, thirty million electronic parts, and seven million aviation assemblies. Listed as #16 on Orange County Business Journal’s list of fastest growing private companies within just 3 years of its founding, AFR Enterprises has risen to become a unique and complete procurement service for purchasing requirements. For customers sourcing for parts ranging from cabin interior parts to bearings, fasteners and more, ASAP Semiconductor is focused on providing excellent service to all customers.


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After the recent disaster that happened on Southwest Airlines Boeing 737, where an engine disintegrated mid-flight causing shrapnel to break a window and have a woman almost be sucked out of the plane, more pressure is being placed on companies to check individual fan blades more frequently.

The FAA has decided that fan blades need to be monitored more. This means that blades must now be checked before 20,000 miles and after 20,000 miles the blades will be re-checked every 3,000 rotations. Fan blades, CFM56-7B should also be checked as soon as possible, even if they had been checked just before the new motion was put in order. This is even more important if the fan blades have completed 30,000 rotations. Company’s and MRO’s should expect to get their blades checked every two years or so. Two years is about the equivalent of 3,000 blade rotations.

These new rules should impact over 3,000 different engines across the world and if set in place before could have saved lives. Southwest Airlines plane that was involved in the tragedy was found to have hair pin fractures across its fan blades in the left engine. These miniature cracks are likely the cause of the engine tearing apart mid-flight and causing one fatality.

This kind of incident is something that can be avoided with proper attention and active care of planes and their engine blades. It’s horrible that it caused the death of a passenger for this order to be put in place. Maybe now, things like this will be taken more seriously.

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Airlines are continuously evaluating their connectivity options while closely looking out for cost. One component is both weight and drag that is inflicted by standard, mechanical broadband antennas used for satellite communication. QEST, a German based company focusing on only aircraft antennas, anticipates its advanced flat phased array antenna that can be steered electronically will be ready to be introduced to the market by the beginning of next year.

During the 2018 Satellite show held this past March in Washington, Joerg Oppenlaender, Chief Technical Officer at QEST, emphasized that the company produced and designed the ESA solely for aviation. The company held a focus on constructing performance and efficiency when designing the device. This focus means working inside tight size, weight and power limits, and also reaching high performance standards amongst difficult aviation conditions.

According to Oppenlaender, the new device by QEST will have the ability to handle Ku (12-18 GHz), K (18-27 GHz) and Ka bands (27-40 GHz). He explains that QEST was able to minimize size and cut down weight dramatically by producing an efficient antenna with solely aviation in mind. QEST’s ESA emits eighty percent of input power versus the thirty percent for a competitive ESA.

QEST already has two-thousand mechanical antennas up in the air. The average time between failures thus far has been approximately one million flight hours. QEST’s chief technical officer shares the company’s goal of targeting 100,000 MTBF for their ESA. Because QEST’s ESA is small and flat, it will not be compatible with near trans-polar routes unless low-earth orbiting constellations are established. This may be a possibility in 5 years.

Aerospace Orbit, which is owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, is a user-friendly platform that allows for customers to source for NSNs from more than thirty federal supply codes, thirty million electronic parts, and seven million sub and complete assemblies. With the ability to supply antenna parts, aircraft antenna parts and beyond, Aerospace Orbit can be utilized as a unique and comprehensive resource for customers’ sourcing needs. ASAP Semiconductor is focused on supporting customers with great customer service and dedicated account managers.


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On March 20, 2018, in Lake Elmo, Momentum Aeronautics was able to finish a Supplemental Type Certificate project for a Pilatus PC-7.

Momentum Aeronautics, LLC is an engineering company complete with production and airworthiness services. Based at a Minnesota airport in Lake Elmo, Momentum Aeronautics is a friend to everyone. They service aircraft modifiers, manufacturers, and operators of all kinds. Momentum prides themselves on providing their worldwide partners with applied solutions for aircraft production, engineering, operations, and certifications of all kinds for the FAA’s desires and approvals.

This project was through the FAA Chicago Aircraft Certification Office for Parker Hannifin Corp aircraft brake and wheel division. Parker’s wheel and brake installations were approved on the Pilatus PC-7 aircraft. Pilatus Aircraft Parts are very pricey; finding alternative parts for these exquisite planes, that are signed off by the FAA is a phenomenal achievement.

A Supplemental Type Certificate is from a national organization that has aviation authority-approval when extensive changes happen on an existing aircraft. If something like a radio is put in, it would not be considered a major modification. A major modification would be a new engine, brake, propeller. Etc.

To be able to earn a Supplemental Type Certificate for the set-up of the approved Parker brake and wheel assembly, you need to get the important airworthiness, testing, engineering, and FAA coordination services needed to get the supplemental type certificate. Momentum had airworthiness support with a complete experimental flight test program. Lastly, they worked with the FAA to get the approved Parker brake and wheel assembly installed.

Momentum has exclaimed their excitement that they were able to present Parker Hannifin with a finished product. They also relayed their gratitude to be able to work closely with Chicago ACO during the supplemental type certificate program.

Parker Hannifin created a phenomenal brake and wheel product for the Pilatus aircraft. Not only are aircraft brake parts and aircraft wheel products some of their specialties but they are also dependable and affordable products. Their supplemental type certificate program was able to put their abilities on display by taking a landing gear adjustment project from the concept all the way to the finished product and sale.

Aerospace Orbit, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor is a premier logistics and supply-chain partner for all aerospace manufacturing and technology-driven companies. We offer complete supply chain management services to all our customers, resulting in the simplified and speedy procurement of all aerospace components with time and cost savings. For a complete parts list check out www.aerospaceorbit.com or reach out to the main office by phone +1-509-449-7700 or email sales@aerospaceorbit.com. 


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AVX Showcases Their New Accu-L® Series Thin Film Chip Inductors

AVX Corporation is a worldwide electronics components business with warehouses and manufactures in 40 countries around the globe. AVX is known for creating well researched, impeccably tested and top of the line electronic parts. Their newest product line is an Accu-L inductor that is specifically built to supplement automobiles, by synching up the power applications to make the car run in the most effective manner.

The draw of this new product is the power that hides within their tiny size. Their small size (which comes in two options, 0402 and 0805) packs a punch and makes them one of the most accurate thin film chip inductors on the market. They can handle temperatures ranging from -67 degrees Fahrenheit all the way up to 257 degrees Fahrenheit.

Each inductor is compatible with either flexible circuit boards or full alumina circuit boards. You do have to keep in mind how you handle these bad boys though. They must be picked up and moved around with plastic tipped tweezers (no metal!) or by using a vacuum seal apparatus that carefully picks up a piece with suction and places it down in its new location. You can assure that each unit has been tested over and over again, to ensure that it meets all of the company and industry standards. These tests include frequency tests, humidity, testing how long the product will last in a vehicle and even visual tests to make sure the product looks the way it should.

Aerospace Orbit has complete line of AVX Corporation parts— with an ever-growing stock, you can count on Aerospace Orbit to have everything you need. Aerospace Orbit is known for having hard to find and/or out of stock parts and can always help you find what you’re looking for, all while offering cost-effective component solutions. For a complete parts list check out www.aerospaceorbit.com or for a quote reach out to the main office by phone 1-509-449-7700 or email: sales@aerospaceorbit.com .


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cliff electronic fiber optic connectors

Cliff Electronics is a leading manufacturer in not only connector parts, but electronic parts. They are recognized throughout the industry as one of the companies to follow due to their constant improvements. One of the biggest changes they have recently made with their connectors, is in the design and functions. They have made their product a simpler and more pleasing unit to look at while remaining the needed size.

With these new optical connectors, the lead assemblies and the jacks are also needed for full function. The jack and the lead assemblies go hand in hand to allow very high-quality transferring of audio and data without the unit being affected by the high-pitched noise. Jacks and lead assemblies are commonly used in everyday use by customers for things like CD players, DVD players, TV’s, computers, and gaming consoles

These upgrades come in many different versions to fit most existing units while providing the same benefits and protection without having to upgrade everything. While this was not always the norm, this protection is becoming an industry standard for most electronic and connector parts.

Some of these benefits include easy assembly of parts and units, lowered cost, and a shorter overall time to manufacture the parts. There is also so many more possibilities, if specially ordered these parts and components can fulfill most people’s and companies needs and wants.

Cliff electronics parts provide protection from contamination, bugs, and viruses that come from both everyday use, as well as hackers and online problems. This is done with the use of Feed Through connectors. These connectors are used not only for the everyday customer, but also with media and professional purposes by providing lighting, audio, and all industrial needs.


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largest General Electric GE9X Jet engine

Recently, Boeing made an announcement that a brand-new plane, the 777X would be joining the ever-growing Boeing family. The 777X will be the worlds largest and most dynamic twin-jet engine in the world. The performance of the 777X will be unmatched by any other existing plane. The plane is expected to have oversized windows, a wider cabin enhanced architecture. To power such a massive plane, Boeing has teamed up with GE to get the job done.

The GE9X is the biggest jet engine produced to date, with composite fans that are more than 11 ft. in diameter. The GE9X jet engine has been undergoing round-the-clock testing and is now entering the final phases of FAA certification, with actual test flight being the next step in the process.

Currently, the GE9X is being tested on Boeing’s 747-400 to allow GE to evaluate the engines performance compared to established engines. The massive GE9X aircraft engine will be supported by custom made 19- foot strut adaptors to angle the engine 5 degrees higher to make ground clearance. The biggest concern currently is for ground operations regarding clearance.

The aircrafts wings will be designed with an upwards bow, making taking off and landing GE hopes to have the engine completed by early next year so that Boeing can get started on test flight. The final release for the 777X is set for early 2019. The initial GE9X was first fired up in 2016, since then 2 others have been created and undergone testing in several different locations. Once finally released, the GE9X will make history for being the largest jet engine to ever fly.

Aerospace Orbit solutions has a dedicated and expansive array of General Electric parts, making us the premier supplier of aircraft parts. We serve customers as a one-stop shop and primary destination for product sourcing. Aerospace Orbit will ensure that your needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner, all the while offering cost-effective component solutions. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at www.aerospaceorbit.com or call 1-509-449-7700.


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T-6 Texan

Textron Aviation Beechcraft experts in Military avionics will supply 255 air navigation and tracking systems that are satellite-based to the United States Navy for their turboprop trainer aircraft known as the Army T-6 Texan 2. This will be under an agreement of an eight-million-dollar order.

Naval Air Systems Command officials stationed at Patuxent River Naval Air Station have requested that Beechcraft provide automatic dependent surveillance broadcast kits (ADS-B) for both the 251 Navy T-6 aircraft and 4 Army T-6 Aircraft.

The automatic dependent surveillance broadcast uses the GPS receiver to regulate the aircraft’s position. After doing so, the aircraft’s system then broadcasts its position automatically, which allows for air traffic controllers and other planes to track the location. After January 1, 2012, the FAA will require all airplanes flying above 18,000 feet to use the automatic dependent surveillance broadcast.

The Beechcraft T-6 Texan 2 is a turboprop aircraft with a single engine, and is based on the PC-9 turboprop by Pilatus. This plane helps instruct new United States Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps pilots who will in time move up into higher performing jets. The Beechcraft T-6 Texan substitutes the Cessna T-37B for the U.S. Airforce, and the T-34C Turbo Mentor for the Navy. Beechcraft was acquired by Textron in 2014.

An order that was placed in November 2017 maneuvers an option on a three point seven million dollar contract the United States Navy granted to Beechcraft in 2015. This granted Beechcraft to install automatic dependent surveillance broadcast kits on both Army and Navy T-6 primary trainer aircrafts. The T-6 is manufactured by Beechcraft and is also seen as the only option as a responsible for the upgrade.

In order to install ADS-B systems onto the T-6, the GPS card assembly must be upgraded with a new Space Based Augmentation System and Wide Area Augmentation System GPS card. This also includes replacing different Beechcraft parts, such as the Mode S transponder and the antenna belonging to the GPS. This new upgrade will also include software updates to the T-6 flight management system.


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First Prototype H160

Airbus finished its first flight of their H160 helicopter prototype, the PT3. The test flight was at their headquarters in France. This test was a part of their ongoing test program. The PT3 was equipped with different Airbus helicopter parts, like a cabin configuration. This resembles a serial aircraft.

The test flight was anticipated to aid the certification activities of the helicopter and to make sure the prototype was mature enough before it goes into service in 2019. Bernard Fujarski, the senior vice-president of Airbus, stated that this prototype has many different modifications that has resulted from the feedback from the first 2 years of tests by various teams.

The first two helicopter prototypes have already recorded 500 hours in the air. The first test run was in June 2015. All three of the prototypes will be used for different developmental activities, which includes testing in hot weather and testing other optional helicopter parts.

The H160’s final assembly line is located in Marignane, France. The helicopters are in the last stages of preparation and are expected to join serial production in the coming days. When these helicopters are fully mature, they are projected to be in use for both commercial air and offshore areas. Airbus Helicopter also envisions to create and emergency medical services version of the H160 in the future.


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