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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Getting all wire up

Have you ever walked into the inside of an airplane or airliner and wondered where do all these wires go? Or who puts all these wires in here? Well maybe it is just me but I have done that. Intrigued by how things fit together I wonder how do they make that work?

 When airplanes meet electronics it is known as avionics. This is a very specialized area of "preparing planes" and a vital step in properly preparing an airplane for mission service.

We are very blessed to have staff who are very gifted to be able to do this kind of work. They can do anything from configuring radios and antennas to controls, switches, fuses and breakers as well as run any wiring that needs to be done. They have a very good handle on how each instrument works and why.

 As each electrical part has to be wired and configured from schematics to actual wiring these avionics experts work the system through making sure that every wire, lead, connector. fuse, breaker, LED, radio, antenna, gauge, and their mounts is meeting the requirements of that aircraft. Below are some pictures of some of this important work that an avionics expert does.

Jim is setting the proper location for the new style ELT(emergency location transmitter) antenna as Dwight looks on.

And there you have it. The proper location has been located.

Mike is preparing wire harnesses and labeling each wire as it goes into the bundle.

As Mike finishes the numbering he places it into the proper numbered location on the connector.

Here is the finished wire bundle. This one is for the transponder and encoder.

O.K. lets be honest that really looks confusing. Each instrument has it's own bundle properly connected.

Mike is preparing the GPS harness and inspecting it before installation.

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