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Rotary Wing Aircraft

Lockheed Gyrocam on HelicopterA rotary-wing aircraft, also known as a rotorcraft, is a type of aircraft that achieves lift and propulsion through rotating wings or rotor blades. Unlike fixed-wing aircraft, which generate lift through forward motion and fixed wings, rotary-wing aircraft generate lift by rotating their wings in a circular motion. This rotation creates a vertical force that allows the aircraft to take off, land vertically, hover, and perform maneuvers in various directions. Examples of rotary wing aircraft include helicopters, gyroplanes, and unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

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Physical Properties Systems

By utilizing mass properties instruments, manufacturers, operators, and maintenance personnel can accurately measure and analyze the weight and balance of these components and systems on a rotary-wing aircraft. This information is critical for ensuring safe and efficient flight operations, optimizing performance, and complying with regulatory requirements. Types of products requires mass properties instruments include:

  • Airframe components: fuselage, wings, rotor blades, tail boom
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Cameras and Sensors
  • Avionics and Electrical Systems
  • Interior Furnishing and Equipment
  • Payloads and Specialized Equipment
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Igniter Circuit Testers

Specific systems and components requiring igniter circuit testers may vary depending on the model and its engine configuration. Igniter circuit testers are used as diagnostic tools to test the circuits and functionality of squibs throughout airframes. Here are some examples:

  • Fire Suppression Systems
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64 Series QW-1C Heat Flux Transducer

Pressure and Temperature Systems

By utilizing pressure, temperature, and force calibration instruments, operators and maintenance personnel can ensure the accuracy, reliability, and safety of various systems and components on a rotary-wing aircraft. Proper calibration and validation of these products are essential for optimal aircraft performance, system functionality, and compliance with regulatory standards.

  • Pressure Systems: hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, fuel systems, air data systems
  • Temperature Systems: temperature sensors, probes
  • Fuel Measurement Systems: fuel flow meters, fuel level sensors, fuel pressure sensors
  • Force Measurement Systems: force sensors, load cells
  • Engine
  • Avionics Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Cable Tensiometer Testing
  • Aircraft Tire Pressure Testing
  • Tachometer Calibration
  • Maintenance Tools and Equipment
64 Series QW-1C Heat Flux Transducer
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Instrument Cleaning and Contamination Prevention

By utilizing instrument cleaning and contamination prevention instruments, operators and maintenance personnel can ensure the cleanliness, functionality, and reliability of various products and systems on a rotary-wing aircraft. Proper cleaning and contamination prevention help maintain optimal performance, extend the lifespan of components, and reduce the risk of system failures or malfunctions due to contaminants.

  • Avionics and Instrumentation: cockpit displays, control panels
  • Optical Systems: cameras, sensors, lenses
  • Sensors and Probes: airspeed sensors, temperature sensors, angle of attack sensors, pressure sensors.
  • Cabin Air systems
  • Pilot oxygen and life support equipment
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ADTS-3250 Air Data Test Set (photo) Rev E

Avionics Systems

By utilizing air data test and calibration sets, operators and maintenance personnel can ensure the accuracy and reliability of air data systems on rotary-wing aircraft. Proper calibration and validation of these components and systems are essential for accurate flight performance, navigation, and safety.

  • Static Ports: measure the static pressure of the surrounding air
  • Pitot Tubes: measure the aircraft’s airspeed
ADTS-3250 Air Data Test Set (photo) Rev E
11644-01 Base Gas Temperature Transducer Type S

Thermal Systems

By utilizing heat flux sensors, infrared radiometers, and thermocouples, operators and maintenance personnel can accurately measure and monitor temperature and heat-related parameters in various systems and components on a rotary-wing aircraft. This information is crucial for optimizing performance, preventing overheating, detecting potential issues, and ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the aircraft.

  • Engine Systems
  • Rotor Systems
  • Avionics and Electronics
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Structural Monitoring
11644-01 Base Gas Temperature Transducer Type S