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How Should Signal Types Be Separated When Designing Aircraft Disconnects?

Posted by Marc Piloian on April 9, 2018

Modern combat aircraft like the F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35 (and some newer F-15’s) are all fly-by-wire aircraft. This means loss or degradation of the electrical system could result in the pilot being unable to control the aircraft even if the propulsion system is still operable. This makes it very important that the Electrical Wiring Interconnect … Continue reading “How Should Signal Types Be Separated When Designing Aircraft Disconnects?”

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?”

What is an Air Vehicle Specification and how is it used related to wiring harnesses?

Posted by John Ashour on March 5, 2018

Are you are a new engineer freshly out of college or are you just learning the aerospace industry?  Did you just land a job at a large aerospace company (typically these companies are called OEM’s which means Original Equipment Manufacturer) that designs and manufactures aircraft? Is your new job at the OEM to design electrical … Continue reading “What is an Air Vehicle Specification and how is it used related to wiring harnesses?”

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?”

Arc Tracking of Kapton Insulated Wiring Versus TKT

Posted by John Ashour on February 13, 2018

Who is the biggest loser? TKT Insulated Wire or Kapton Insulated Wire? How does arc tracking of F-16 TKT wiring harnesses compare to F-16 Kapton wiring harnesses? This article includes videos too!   Most of InterConnect’s blogs in 2017 were about F-16 Kapton insulated wiring. We discussed many things about Kapton wiring including: (1) which … Continue reading “Arc Tracking of Kapton Insulated Wiring Versus TKT”

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?”

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?  “

What is Crosslinked Tefzel Insulated Wire and Spec 55 Wire?

Posted by Colton Peel on July 10, 2017

Lately InterConnect’s enlightening blogs have been focusing on Kapton insulated wire and TKT insulated wire. This time we will discuss a different type of wire used on F-15 and F-18 military jets as well as commercial aircraft including the Boeing B737, B747, B757, B767, B777 as well as the Airbus A320, A330, and A340. Crosslinked … Continue reading “What is Crosslinked Tefzel Insulated Wire and Spec 55 Wire?”

What is TKT Insulated Wire?

Posted by Chris Bettinger on May 22, 2017

On April 3rd 2017, you read about the Advantages of Kapton Insulated Wire. Then, on April 24th 2017, you read about the Disadvantages of Kapton Insulated Wire. Today, you will learn about another wire type commonly used on commercial and military aircraft. This wire has a tape-wrapped construction consisting of one layer of fluropolymer-polyimide- fluropolymer … Continue reading “What is TKT Insulated Wire?”

What Are the Disadvantages of Kapton Insulated Wire?

Posted by Marc Piloian on April 24, 2017

On April 3, 2017 InterConnect informed the reader about The Advantages of Kapton Wire. Today, we will present information about the Disadvantages of Kapton Insulated Wire. After years of use in many different civilian and military platforms including the F-16, UH-60, AH-1, F-15, and F-18, serious safety issues began to appear. Once the Kapton wire … Continue reading “What Are the Disadvantages of Kapton Insulated Wire?”

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