What Are Primary Interior and Exterior Aircraft Parts?

Aircraft are a complex network of intertwining parts and connections functioning in tandem to give a vehicle the capability of flight. First conceptualized in the 1880s and having a first test run in 1903, continual trial and error has led to the modernization of many different types of aircraft. To better understand the primary inner and outer workings of an aircraft, we will go into detail what comprises the interior and exterior of all heavier-than-air aircraft and common differences that may set them apart.

Whether operating or working on a fixed-wing aircraft or rotorcraft, it is vitally important that any individual performing such tasks understands the five basic parts constructing all similar models. Relying on differing ways to produce upthrust and generate lift, heavier-than-air aircraft such as helicopters, commercial airliners, and other related aerodynes all utilize a fuselage, wings, cockpit, engine and/or propeller, and landing gear. Of these five parts, the fuselage serves as the body of the vehicle to which all other parts like the cockpit, wings, landing gear, and engine are affixed to. However, unlike fixed-wing aircraft that employ jet engines or propellers in the form of a turboprop or propofan, rotorcraft utilize rotary wings that can be tilted to impact direction.

While the interior construction of aircraft may differ by its intended use between varying models of fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft, many controls used within a cockpit remain functionally the same. Housing the pilot(s) and all critical components necessary for controlling an aircraft, all cockpits come built with an assortment of accessories including an overhead panel, instrument panel, flight controls, rudder pedals, and pilot seats. Depending on the model and what year the aircraft was created, Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) or flight deck instruments can drastically differ depending on whether the model of the aircraft uses traditional styles or LCD adaptations of each dial and gauge.

No matter the location of a part, it is important for each component of an aircraft to be regularly inspected to maintain optimal performance. As the exterior portions of an aircraft are subjected to continual fluctuations in temperature, weather, and various other phenomena, failure to ensure an aircraft is prepared for flight can result in potentially hazardous situations. If parts do not reach their expected life expectancy or fail due to part wear over time, no matter the issue, it is best to fly on the safer side and replace any faulty parts.

Aircraft are notorious for their diverse range of capabilities within aviation, coming in a variety of shapes and sizes. As specific items used within certain aircraft may not fit all aircraft, it is imperative to know which manufactured parts to use with any intended application. While there can be upwards of six million parts constructing a single commercial aircraft, no matter the size of your vehicle, it is inevitable that certain parts will need replacement. When you are in need of a particular aviation, NSN, or electrical part, look no further than Paragon Purchasing. We are your trusted source for various aircraft interior parts, aircraft turbine engine parts, propellers, and other aircraft components. Due to our quality control and export compliance, we operate with AS9120B, ISO 9001:2015, and FAA AC 00-56B certification and accreditation. If you would like to request a quote for your comparisons, you can submit an RFQ form as provided on our website. Upon receipt, a dedicated account manager will quickly review and respond with a personalized solution to your needs in just 15 minutes or less, 24/7x365.


November 20, 2023

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