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What are Disconnects and Why Do Aircraft Have Them?

Posted by Chris Vardy on March 19, 2018

A question I get asked often is “How many electrical wiring harnesses are in a single F-16?”  The exact number is dependent on when the F-16 was assembled and what country is flying the F-16.  So, what does that have to do with disconnects? It has to do with aircraft maintenance and safety.  The more … Continue reading “What are Disconnects and Why Do Aircraft Have Them?”

How Many Flight Control Wiring Harnesses are there in an F-16?

Posted by John Ashour on February 19, 2018

InterConnect deals with many different armed services all over the world. All of them are regimented, disciplined, and professional. Although there are many phrases in common for each of them throughout the world, one that stands out is “Bottom Line Up-Front” or BLUF. When commanders get briefed by others, they want BLUF or “What is … Continue reading “How Many Flight Control Wiring Harnesses are there in an F-16?”

What is the Priority List of Wiring Harnesses to Replace on 20-Year-Old F-16’s?

Posted by John Ashour on February 5, 2018

InterConnect’s previous article described which areas inside an F-16 house the most problematic wiring harnesses.  The purpose of this article is to get more precise by listing F-16 wiring harness part numbers as well as the areas they are generally located. InterConnect offers many wiring harness replacement programs, sometimes calling them rewire programs. InterConnect’s most … Continue reading “What is the Priority List of Wiring Harnesses to Replace on 20-Year-Old F-16’s?”

What are the MTBF Recommendations for F-16 Wiring Harnesses?

Posted by John Ashour on January 15, 2018

This blog is a detailed one and InterConnect is going to do something that never has been done before! InterConnect is going to set MTBFs for F-16 electrical wiring harnesses!  If you are new to the term MTBF, please read this previous blog.  If you want more information on why MTBF’s are not set for … Continue reading “What are the MTBF Recommendations for F-16 Wiring Harnesses?”

Where are Aircraft Circuit Breaker Panels and Why Refurbish Them?  

Posted by Clare McGarrey on November 27, 2017

In a previous blog InterConnect taught us the difference between a circuit breaker panel and a power panel. The purpose of this blog is to explain where circuit breaker panels are located inside of an aircraft and why you may want to refurbish them.   If this blog was written by the president of InterConnect … Continue reading “Where are Aircraft Circuit Breaker Panels and Why Refurbish Them?  “

What is the MTBF for F-16 Wiring Harnesses?

Posted by John Ashour on November 20, 2017

Many readers probably do not know what the term Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) means.  MTBF is a measurement of the number of days (or years) that a device will fail based on test results or past performance.  In the aerospace industry, MTBF is calculated for just about every piece of equipment that has active … Continue reading “What is the MTBF for F-16 Wiring Harnesses?”

What are the Ten Most Problematic Areas for Kapton Wiring Inside an F-16?

Posted by John Ashour on November 13, 2017

Like most airplanes, the F-16 is made up of four basic structures: (1) fuselage, (2) wings, (3) horizontal tail, and (4) vertical tail.  Inside each of these structures are smaller sections that house: (a) other structures such as bulkheads, (b) equipment (both electrical and mechanical), (3) tubing/ducting, and (4) electrical wiring harnesses.   Tubing/ducting and electrical … Continue reading “What are the Ten Most Problematic Areas for Kapton Wiring Inside an F-16?”

How Many Breeches are There in the Wiring of a 20-Year-Old F-16?

Posted by John Ashour on October 30, 2017

Two common question that InterConnect receives are: (1) “How many wiring harnesses are there in an aircraft? and (2) “How many miles of wire are there in an aircraft?” This blog will answer these questions as well as one more question which is “How many breeches are there in the wires of a 20-year-old F-16?” … Continue reading “How Many Breeches are There in the Wiring of a 20-Year-Old F-16?”

What is Arc Tracking of Kapton Insulated F-16 Wire?

Posted by John Ashour on October 23, 2017

Until 2001, all F-16’s were manufactured with wiring harnesses that contained Kapton insulated wires.  In May 2001, Lockheed Martin asked the companies who were making F-16 wiring harnesses to replace Kapton insulated wires with TKT insulated wires.  Kapton is a DuPont tradename as is TKT.  TKT stands for Teflon/Kapton/Teflon.   Kapton is a light-weight insulation … Continue reading “What is Arc Tracking of Kapton Insulated F-16 Wire?”

How Many Breeches in F-16 Wire Insulation is Acceptable?  

Posted by John Ashour on October 16, 2017

Occasionally a customer will ask InterConnect how many breeches in a wire’s insulation is acceptable.  The answer is an easy one; there should not be any breeches in the insulation of any wire inside an aircraft.  So why is that? And, what is a breech? A breech in the insulation of a wire is when … Continue reading “How Many Breeches in F-16 Wire Insulation is Acceptable?  “

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We are the sole licensee of Lockheed Martin for F-16 electrical products. Through this agreement, we have access to Lockheed Martin’s F-16 engineering data, tooling and configuration control information. We also have a Technical Services agreement with Sikorsky for all of their aircraft. This agreement allows us to obtain their engineering data needed to rewire helicopters that Sikorsky manufactures.

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