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Wide-Body Aircraft

a320-iae-v2500Wide-Body Aircraft: Wide-body aircraft, also known as twin-aisle aircraft, are larger commercial planes with two aisles and a wider fuselage. They are designed for long-haul flights and have a higher seating capacity, typically ranging from 200 to 500 passengers. Examples of wide-body aircraft include the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 series. The industry is supported by the same equipment and instruments as narrow-body 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 on KSR6000

Physical Properties Systems

Mass properties instruments are used to measure and assess the weight distribution, center of gravity, and moments of inertia of Wide-Body 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 on KSR6000

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 3666 automatic pressure calibration system

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 3666 automatic pressure calibration system
Model 3646 Portable Instrument Cleaning System

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 wide-body 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
Model 3646 Portable Instrument Cleaning System

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
  • Angle of Attack (AoA) Sensors: measure the angle between the aircraft’s longitudinal axis and the oncoming airflow
  • Air Data Probes: alpha probe and beta probe
sheathed thermocouple probes

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 wide-body aircraft.

  • Engine
  • Exhaust System
  • Thermal Protection System
  • Avionics and Electronics
  • Aircraft Structure
  • Environmental Control System
sheathed thermocouple probes