flight simulator parts for the aerospace

The production cost of an aircraft is staggering, thus, training an inexperienced pilot in one is counterintuitive. The cost of human lives is also something to consider; would-be pilots don’t have enough experience and have the potential to damage the aircraft or injure themselves. Therefore, a flight simulator is the perfect solution. Flight simulators recreate the experience of flying an aircraft by utilizing virtual reality software for the purpose of pilot training and technical development. The aircraft systems, flight controls, and air conditions are all replicated, allowing the pilot to experience different flight scenarios. Simulators can range from full-sized cockpits on hydraulic actuators with state-of-the-art technology to desktop computer-based games.

Commercial travel airlines and the military have been using flight simulators for over two decades. They are essential in developing pilots’ skills in handling the controls and operations of differing aircraft, developing their understanding of flight principles in varying operating conditions, and increasing their capacity to understand differing avionics systems and software.

Flight simulators have the ability to simulate unsafe situations in which the pilot must act quickly; enhancing their training for the real deal. These events can include engine failures, malfunctions in the electronic systems, failed hydraulics, and many other unexpected issues a pilot may face. Training regimens are also extended to flight crews, so they are prepared as well. This is cost friendly practice with an emphasis on safety.

Aircraft engineers use simulators to test how new modifications perform in different environments and conditions; technical developments require a place to be practiced. Aircraft safety systems can also be pushed to their practical boundaries, allowing research and development on current/new practices. Research can also be performed in the areas of human factors affecting flight, equipment and procedural development, and accident evaluations. Airport functionality can also be tested in simulators including runway space, takeoff, and landing.

Aircraft simulators are an essential element in flight training for aviation pilots, military pilots, and airline flight crews. These simulators save time and money while keeping an emphasis on safety.

At NSN Parts Now, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the flight simulator parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@nsnpartsnow.com or call us at +1-780-851-3631.


Read more »


Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are currently the most efficient light bulb on the market, often out-performing formerly popular compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and incandescent bulbs. The lights have the potential to create a more sustainable future for energy in the United States. It is estimated that if every American replaced one conventional light bulb with an LED, the energy savings would be equivalent to removing the greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 cars. Let’s take a look at the history of LEDs, and how their technology has the capacity to change power consumption in the United States.

In 1907, scientists discovered that when a voltage is applied to silicon carbide crystal, it emits yellowish light. At the time, the light was too dim to be used in any application. Over the coming years, LEDs were continuously developed and in the 1970’s the design we see today was born. The LEDs we recognize today utilize semiconductor chips to power light emitting diodes. They create light by electroluminescence within a semiconductor material using an interaction called a p-n junction.

When electrical currents pass through a semiconductor material, the electrons want to fill electron holes, or areas where an atom might have missing electrons and are positively charged. A material, like silicon, can be adjusted to control the number of electron holes by adding other elements to change its properties. Through this manipulation, two semiconductors can exist within one material, and this creates a boundary between the two called a p-n junction. Here, current can only pass through in one direction. As electrons pass through both semiconductors, they fill electron holes and emit the light that we see. Engineers have further developed LEDs to concentrate their light emission by controlling the angle at which light leaves the semiconductor.

With their efficient engineering, LEDs cut 80% of energy consumption compared to other types of light bulbs, and last up to 25% longer. To put this in perspective, you can run an average LED continuously for 3 years, 24/7, before it would need to be replaced. LEDs also convert 95% of the energy they consume directly into light, which reduces current overflow and waste, unlike incandescent lamps which only convert an average 10% of power consumed. As LEDs become more affordable and widely used, they’re quickly becoming popular with consumers. Various statistics project that by 2030, LED bulbs will account for 75% of all lighting sales in the United States.

At NSN Parts Now, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find LED Displays and Semiconductor devices, new or obsolete. As a premier supplier of parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries, we’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7x365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@nsnpartsnow.com or call us at +1-780-851-3631.


Read more »


the biggest difference between screws and bolts

Have you ever wondered why the phrase “the nuts and bolts of it” exists? The reasoning might help in remembering the biggest difference between screws and bolts. A bolt is defined as a threaded fastener with a nut and a flat bottom. It requires a nut to secure it to a material. The bolt can only be loosened when torque is applied to the nut. A screw, for all intents and purposes, is a threaded fastener without those attributes— it is defined as a screw head with a circular helical ridge. Screws are fastened by applying torque to the head.

Now that we have a firm grasp on the differences between a screw and bolt, let’s take a look at how the different variations of fasteners might be sorted. Screws can be subcategorized into more categories than bolts, these categories can be based on driving method, shape, and job requirement. Bolts are sorted into a more distinct category per unit, based on type and job requirement. The most common versions of each will help illustrate these sorting parameters.

The most prevalently used and recognized types of screws are slotted, Phillips, combination and Allen. Slotted screws are the most commonly used. They are denoted by a linear diagonal slot across the entire head. Phillips screws have a hole resembling an “x” shape and are associated with Phillips screwdrivers. Combination screws are a combo of slotted and Phillips, but the slot does not extend to the edges. Lastly, Allen screws have a hexagon shaped indentation, and are typically used with an Allen wrench or socket wrench.

Job requirements of screw variations vary. The most recognized of this category are wood screws and sheet metal screws. Both of these models have a name that gives away their purpose. Wood screws are made of wood and can be seen in an assortment of sizes. Spiral threads throughout the fastener are intended to provide a secure grip when penetrating wood material. On the other hand, sheet metal screws usually have a denser head and are used in conjoining sheet metal and various other materials. Their purpose necessitates threads on the entirety of the fastener.

As mentioned, bolts are sorted a bit differently than screws. Normally, these devices are categorized solely by their job requirement. Variations of this mechanism that are commonly seen are the carriage bolt, hex head bolt, and shoulder bolt. A carriage bolt is best for attaching metal to wood— it has a rounded top and a square bottom, to secure the fastener in place. Hex head bolts are, as the name suggests, six sided. These bolts are often used for installments of wood or metal. Lastly, a shoulder bolt is designed to connect components. This bolt is commonly used in moving parts, for example, pulleys and gears.

When assessing what types of bolt or screw you might need, remember to consider the following recommended specifications: required job type, shape, and driving method. These outlined parameters will provide a foundation in your quest for the most capable fastener.

At NSN Parts Now, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the types of screws and bolts you need, new or obsolete. As a premier supplier of parts for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries, we’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7x365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at sales@nsnpartsnow.com or call us at +1-780-851-3631.


Read more »


type of gears

Gears are little confusing. There are so many different terms that can be used for the same thing, and there are so many slightly different things that the same general term can refer to. And “gearbox” is one of those terms. Despite the fact that they actually refer to slightly different gear arrangements, gearboxes are other interchangeably used with “gearhead” and “gear reducer”.

In general, a gearbox is a that it is a contained gear train, or mechanical unit, consisting of a series of integrated gears within a housing. It’s a box, with gears. At the most basic level, a gearbox functions like any system of gears, it affects torque and speed between a driving device like a motor and a load. They typically transfer energy from one device to another are used to increase torque while reducing speed. Some gearboxes can be used to do the opposite, decrease torque and increase. The inside of a gearbox can have any type of gears, from bevel gears and spiral bevel gears to worm gears and planetary gears. The gears are mounted on shafts, which can be supported by any type of rolling element bearings. Which type of gear and bearing used is dependent on the application.

Gearboxes has many different applications including machine tools, industrial equipment, conveyors, aircraft propellers, automobile transmissions, and so on. They’re used in essentially any rotary motion power transmission application that requires changes to torque and speed.

But, it’s important to remember that, as with any hardware, regular maintenance and repair are necessary. Because they do involve motion and are subject to excessive noise and vibrations, make sure that the gearbox and gears are properly lubricated, that overheating is avoided, and the gears are properly cleaned and aligned.

NSN Parts Now, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, is your go-to for all your shaft gearbox drives and components. We are a premier supplier of parts and components for the aerospace, aviation, and defense industries. With a wise selection of parts to choose from and 24/7x365 customer support, we’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts you need. For a quote, email us at sales@nsnpartsnow.com or call us at +1-780-851-3631.  



Read more »


A Brief Study on Nails

Fasteners are typically small hardware pieces such as washers, screws, studs fasteners and more. Fasteners are used in several different industries including aerospace. One of the oldest and most common fasteners on the market is the nail. The standard nail is made of a shank, or a metal rod, and is flat at the top with an end that is pointed. Nails are typically hammered into wood, drywall, etc. and are used to fasten materials together. The standard nail is made from steel, but other variations include aluminum, brass, bronze, iron, or copper. The United States alone has over 300 different types of nails manufactured, most of which are used in residential construction.

Nails fall into three categories. The categories are determined by length and are as follows: tacks or brads (nails under one inch), nails (nails between one inch and four inches) and spikes (nails over four inches long). Length for nails is measured using units called a penny. This term for this unit of measure was originally developed in the 1700’s in England. The use of nails dates back to as early as 3500 BCE. Originally nails were extremely rare and very expensive since they were individually hand-made from copper or bronze. Now, nails are mass produced on a very large scale and can be found in almost any store for a very cheap price. They are one of the oldest types of fasteners and are still widely used today in a variety of industries.

NSN Parts Now, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hardware and fastener requirements. NSN Parts Now a premier supplier of fasteners for any industry. Whether new, old, or hard to find, we can help you find it. NSN Parts Now has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly, knowledgeable staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at www.nsnpartsnow.com or call +1-780-851-3631.


Read more »


Recent Twitter Posts

Semiconductor's Certifications and Memberships