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Turboprop Aircraft

Turboprop ATR-72-600-series-taking-offTurboprop aircraft are commercial planes that use a gas turbine engine to drive a propeller. They are typically used for short-haul flights and regional operations, offering good fuel efficiency and versatility. Turboprop aircraft have a seating capacity ranging from 20 to 80 passengers. Examples of turboprop aircraft include the ATR 42 and Bombardier Dash 8 series. The industry is supported by similar equipment and instruments as other commercial aircraft, including air data test and calibration equipment, mass properties instruments, temperature measurement instruments, torque and force measurement instruments, igniter circuit testers and heat flux sensors & thermocouples to ensure accurate performance measurements, weight distribution, temperature control, and structural integrity.

aircraft control surface moment of inertia measurement

Physical Properties Systems

Mass properties instruments are used to measure and assess the weight distribution, center of gravity, and moments of inertia of turboprop aircraft. This information is crucial for ensuring the stability, maneuverability, and overall performance of the aircraft. Mass properties instruments help in optimizing the aircraft’s design, balance, and control characteristics. Products include:

  • Structural Components: fuselage, wings, and tail
  • Aircraft engines: main engines, auxiliary power units (APUs), fan blades, turbine blades
  • Aircraft’s fuel system, including the fuel tanks and fuel lines,
  • Avionics equipment: navigation systems, communication systems
  • Flight control systems
  • Cameras and Sensors
  • Payloads: cargo, passengers, baggage
  • Landing gear: main landing gear, nose gear
aircraft control surface moment of inertia measurement

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
  • Oxygen Deployment Systems
model_3714 portable torque calibrator

Pressure and Temperature Systems

Temperature, torque, and force measurement instruments are used in wide-body aircraft to monitor and evaluate various parameters during operation. They help detect and address any abnormal temperature levels, torque values, or force exertion that may indicate mechanical or operational issues. Accurate measurements from these instruments help maintain optimal performance and safety. Products requiring measurements include:

  • Engine
  • Avionics Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Cable Tensiometer Testing
  • Aircraft Tire Pressure Testing
  • Tachometer Calibration
  • Maintenance Tools and Equipment
model_3714 portable torque calibrator

Instrument Cleaning and Contamination Prevention

Wide-body aircraft operate in demanding environments, which can lead to the buildup of contamination on instruments and sensors. Proper cleaning and contamination control measures are crucial to ensure the accurate functioning of these instruments. Regular cleaning and maintenance help prevent sensor malfunctions, inaccuracies, and failures, ensuring reliable operation of the turboprop aircraft. Products requiring cleaning include:

  • Cockpit Instruments: flight instruments, navigation systems, communication devices
  • Avionics Systems: radar systems, electronic warfare systems, communication systems, navigation systems.
  • Optics and Cameras: targeting pods, night vision systems, and cameras.
  • Sensors: airspeed sensors, altitude sensors, angle of attack sensors.
  • Cabin Air systems
  • Pilot oxygen and life support equipment

Avionics Systems

Air data test and calibration systems are essential for ensuring the accurate and reliable operation of the aircraft’s air data systems. Regular calibration and verification of these systems help maintain flight safety and provide pilots with accurate flight parameters for effective decision-making. Types of products that require air data test and calibration include:

  • Pitot-Static System: pitot tubes, static ports, pressure sensors
  • Air Data Probes: alpha probe and beta probe
11644-01 Base Gas Temperature Transducer Type S

Thermal Systems

Heat flux sensors, infrared radiometers, and thermocouples are used in wide-body aircraft to monitor and assess thermal conditions. They help detect and manage issues such as excessive heat generation, thermal stress, or cooling inefficiencies. By providing real-time temperature data and heat transfer measurements, these sensors contribute to the safe and effective operation of the turboprop aircraft.

  • Engine
  • Exhaust System
  • Thermal Protection System
  • Avionics and Electronics
  • Aircraft Structure
  • Environmental Control System
11644-01 Base Gas Temperature Transducer Type S