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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?  “

Who is LGA and What is Their Specialty?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on September 11, 2017

Long Global Aeronautics (LGA) specializes in distributing electrical and structural components to over 4,500 F-16 aircraft worldwide. LGA is based only 4 miles away from Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, where the first F-16 was created. LGA is a certified HUBZone corporation and a registered Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) entity.   The specific … Continue reading “Who is LGA and What is Their Specialty?”

Why Aircraft Pylon Wiring Harnesses Should Be Replaced

Posted by John Ashour on August 28, 2017

An aircraft pylon is used to mount external equipment such as a weapon, reconnaissance pod, or external fuel tank.  Figure 1 shows a pylon attached to an F-15 fighter aircraft and Figure 2 shows a close up of an F-16 Centerline Pylon.                         In … Continue reading “Why Aircraft Pylon Wiring Harnesses Should Be Replaced”

Who is ILN and What is Their Specialty?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on June 19, 2017

Founded in 1989 and based out of southern California, ILN Technologies, Inc. is one of InterConnect Wiring’s exclusive distributors. ILN is ISO 9001 Certified, a Member of the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), and an FAA AC 00-56A accredited company. ILN supplies new manufactured parts and components by subcontracting to qualified manufacturers like InterConnect Wiring. ILN … Continue reading “Who is ILN and What is Their Specialty?”

Where Are F-16 Fuselage Multiplex Panels and When Do You Refurbish Them?

Posted by John Ashour on June 12, 2017

Welcome to F-16 Fighter Jet Design Class 101.  In this class we will discuss: (1) the main components of an F-16, (2) what multiplex is, and (3) what is refurbishment in regards to F-16 electrical panels.  Here we go!   An airplane is typically made up of four main structural components: (1) the fuselage, (2) … Continue reading “Where Are F-16 Fuselage Multiplex Panels and When Do You Refurbish Them?”

Who is DTE and What is Their Specialty?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on June 5, 2017

Defense Technology Equipment Inc. (DTE) is a highly specialized logistic military procurement company based out of the US since 1989. This company is known for providing technical and Aircraft On the Ground (AOG) support. DTE is committed to delivering top-notch service and care in a short period of time. DTE is able to operate under … Continue reading “Who is DTE and What is Their Specialty?”

What are F-16 Fuel Cell Wiring Harnesses and Why Replace Them?

Posted by John Ashour on May 29, 2017

Jet fuel is stored in five locations in an F-16 including: (1) the wings, (2) a large fuel bladder located behind the cockpit, (3) gas tanks on the wings and/or center fuselage, (4) Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT’s) and (5) the aft fuselage that surrounds the engine. The aft fuselage that surrounds the engine is also … Continue reading “What are F-16 Fuel Cell Wiring Harnesses and Why Replace Them?”

Our Licenses

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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