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Aviation engineering

airport taxiway lights

Either after a landing or on the way to takeoff, pilots must maneuver the aircraft on the ground on a system of taxiways to and from the terminal and hangar areas. airport taxiway lights systems are provided for taxiing at night and also during the day when visibility is very poor, particularly at commercial service …

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aircraft winglets

Some aircraft wings have an additional component called a aircraft winglets , which is located at the end of each wing. Its purpose is to reduce the drag (or air resistance) the wing produces as it pushes through the air. This not only allows the airplane to fly faster, but also means it burns less …

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airplane wing

The airplane wing provides the majority of the lift an airplane requires for flight. Its shape is specifically designed for the aircraft to which it is attached. On most aircraft, the interior of the wing is also used to store the fuel required to power the engines The primary function of the airplane wing skin …

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aircraft windshield

The aircraft windshield on smaller aircraft is usually made from polycarbonate, a type of plastic, while pressurized airplanes use a sandwich of plastic and glass layers, called a laminate, up to 20mm thick. This is necessary to absorb the impact of birds, insects and other debris that may collide with the windshield as the airplane …

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airplane wheels

The airplane wheels are another part of the undercarriage, or landing gear. While most aircraft have a minimum of three wheels, larger aircraft require many more to support the immense weight . Typically aircraft wheels are filled with nitrogen instead of air. This is because the pressure of nitrogen gas changes very little with changes …

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vertical stabilizer on a plane

The vertical stabilizer on a plane is designed to stabilize the left-right motion of the aircraft. While most aircraft use a single stabilizer, some models, such as the Lockheed C-69 Constellation use multiple, smaller stabilizers. The vertical stabilizer on a plane tail is the aerodynamic surface that must provide sufficient directional equilibrium, stability, and control. …

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airplane strut

The airplane strut is part of the undercarriage, more commonly known as the landing gear. There are two main types – straight leg and trailing link – but their function is the same: to absorb the impact of the landing as the aircraft touches the ground. Each strut contains a shock absorber (a collection of …

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aircraft strut

The aircraft strut is part of the undercarriage, more commonly known as the landing gear. There are two main types – straight leg and trailing link – but their function is the same: to absorb the impact of the landing as the aircraft touches the ground. Each strut contains a shock absorber (a collection of …

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airplane spoilers

The airplane spoilers function is to disrupt, or spoil, the flow of air across the upper surface of the wing. They are usually found on larger aircraft, which can have two types installed. The in-flight airplane spoilers are small and designed to reduce the lifting capability of the wing just enough to allow the aircraft …

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airplane fuselage

The airplane fuselage, from the French word “fuselé” meaning “spindle shaped”, is the portion of the airplane used to literally join, or fuse, the other parts together. It is commonly thought of as the body of the aircraft and holds the passengers and cargo safely inside. Conventional aircraft usually consist of fuselage, wings and tailplane. …

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