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Spring Series: What Is a Wire Termination?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on June 16, 2020

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy out there, getting through COVID-19. InterConnect Wiring’s “Spring Blog Series” comes to an end today with, “What Is a Wire Termination?”  A wire termination is the work performed to the end of a wire that allows it to connect to a device (connector, switch, terminal, etc.). … Continue reading “Spring Series: What Is a Wire Termination?”

Spring Series: What Is Insulation Resistance Testing?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on April 7, 2020

Continuing our Spring Series, let’s take a look at what exactly insulation resistance testing is. Every electrical wire, whether it’s in an F-16 cockpit panel, UH-60 circuit breaker, or V-22 wiring harness, is carefully protected with some type of electrical insulation. The wire itself is a conductor of electricity.  The insulation is opposite from the … Continue reading “Spring Series: What Is Insulation Resistance Testing?”

What Does Fly By Wire Mean?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on January 14, 2020

Here at InterConnect Wiring, we obviously use wire…. a lot of wire; therefore, when I hear the term “fly by wire” I immediately conclude that InterConnect has more action to take to support FLY BY WIRE aircraft vs NON-FLY BY WIRE aircraft. But does it really mean that?  As a non-engineer (my degrees are in … Continue reading “What Does Fly By Wire Mean?”

Does the FAA have an Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) Training Program?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on December 2, 2019

I will cut to the chase… yes, there is an Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) Training Program and it is called FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 120-94. While these guidelines are not mandatory, they are derived from extensive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry experience in determining compliance with the relevant regulations. Maintenance personnel need to … Continue reading “Does the FAA have an Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) Training Program?”

What Is A Supplemental Type Certificate?

Posted by Marc Piloian on July 16, 2019

A supplemental type certificate (STC) in the United States is an FAA approved major modification or repair to an existing type certified aircraft, engine or propeller. The purpose of the STC process is to ensure the modified or repaired item remains airworthy in accordance with the approved standards and requirements of the original type certificate. … Continue reading “What Is A Supplemental Type Certificate?”

What is an Original Design Approval Process?

Posted by Jeanie Peel on May 21, 2019

An original FAA design approval is a five-phase process in which an applicant applies for design approval of an aircraft. The end result, if approved, is a Type Certificate. The steps to approval are: Phase 1 – Design and Concept This is the fun part! This phase is initiated when the applicant begins design concept … Continue reading “What is an Original Design Approval Process?”

Is a Wire Termination the Same for Commercial and Defense Aircraft Wiring Harnesses?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on May 7, 2019

InterConnect Wiring must perform hundreds of wire terminations daily. A wire termination is the practice of ending a transmission line with a device, such as a contact (that will be inserted into a connector) or a terminal. There are many types of terminations in the aircraft industry, but the majority for commercial and defense aircraft … Continue reading “Is a Wire Termination the Same for Commercial and Defense Aircraft Wiring Harnesses?”

What Is An Airworthiness Certificate?

Posted by Joe Marler on February 12, 2019

Let’s start off with a quiz. Please answer the following question: Is an Airworthiness Certificate: (A) like a Driver’s License, where it is an official document issued to a person authorized to fly an airplane (B) an official document issued to an aircraft If you answered (A), you would be wrong. Sorry. That’s called a … Continue reading “What Is An Airworthiness Certificate?”

What is a Wiring Harness Manufacturing Specification?

Posted by John Ashour on May 29, 2018

For each new aircraft platform (a platform is an aircraft designation such as an F-15, F-16, F-18, F-35, KC-46, P-8, 787, A350, A380, etc.) that is designed and produced by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). The OEM, such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, or Airbus, writes many manufacturing specifications for their aircraft. A few example specifications … Continue reading “What is a Wiring Harness Manufacturing Specification?”

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