While aircraft are primarily air based vehicles that rely on wings and other aerodynamic structures for flight, wheels still play a crucial role in operations and should never be overlooked. From taking on the weight of the aircraft to allowing for it to land properly and be transported across a runway, aircraft tires serve many important uses that are often taken for granted. Due to their high importance in providing more safety and functionality to an aircraft, understanding the basics of their construction and maintenance can be useful for ensuring that they have long service lives and perform well under extreme conditions.


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Automobiles have rapidly changed how our society functions, allowing for individuals to travel great distances quickly and with ease. For a vehicle engine to operate successfully, they require an ignition system that is responsible for igniting fuel for the combustion process. While this procedure is typically handled by a spark plug and an electric current, the technology and components that make up the ignition system as a whole may vary from type to type. Since the advent of automobiles, a great number of advancements have been made to ignition systems, and the main types that are commonly used include the distributor automotive ignition system, the distributor-less automotive ignition system, and the coil-on-plug ignition system.


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It is against the laws (set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration) to operate any aircraft of any kind that does not possess exterior aircraft lights, otherwise known as navigation lights. This law was made specifically to prevent any incident that could pose dangers to passengers inside, neighboring planes, or people living on the ground below. In other words, the law was made to ensure the safety of the general population and ensure that pilots are operating at a safe capacity. 


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When ascending into higher elevations, air pressure gradually lessens and breathing can become more labored. At high enough altitudes, conditions of oxygen, pressure, and temperature can even become dangerous to humans. Due to this, aircraft have been specifically engineered to maintain a comfortably pressured environment for passengers during flight. This means that every component must be designed to withstand the difference of pressure on the inside and outside of the fuselage. While windows and structures remain permanently closed and/or sealed, the main doors are openable. Luckily for any worried passenger, their design specifically prevents any possible openings or malfunction during flight.


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Lights are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the most important components of a functional aircraft. However, the lights are all over an aircraft, and each one of them serves an important purpose. Just as important as the lights themselves is their installation. Aircraft engineers must be up to the task of installing functional lights that don’t interfere with passenger comfort, aircraft utility, or safety. 


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When talking about aviation, it can be easy to focus on the intricate, ‘flashy’ parts of an aircraft like the engines, controls, avionics. Etc. These are all undeniably vital for a functioning aircraft, but equally vital is the aircraft’s hardware, the humble nuts, bolts, screws, and rivets that hold the airframe together. There’s no point in designing and manufacturing the perfect engine for an aircraft, after all, uf substandard bolts will cause it to tear itself off of the fuselage, after all! According to the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics General Handbook, aircraft hardware is “the term used to describe the various types of fasteners and miscellaneous small items used in the manufacture and repair of aircraft.”


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Lighting is a critical part of ensuring an aircraft’s safety in low-visibility conditions, such as night or inclement weather. Numerous regulations placed by international conventions government agencies like the Federal Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency dictate their placement, numbers, and brightness.


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