Safe and Reliable
Aircraft hold open rods and struts are devices that help to keep doors, hatches, panels, and other openings in place when they are opened. They are used for various purposes, such as cargo loading and unloading, engine maintenance, and landing gear support. They are essential for ensuring the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations. There are different types of hold open rods and struts, depending on their function and interface. Some of the common types are:
Collapsible struts: These are struts that can be adjusted for size and storage. They are used for cargo access, engine nacelles, maintenance doors, and access panels. They have a fluid motion that is controlled by flow valves, and they can lock automatically when extended or unlocked by a sleeve.
Solid struts. These are struts that are one solid piece with no operator interface. They are used for landing gear support, as they can withstand high tension, compression, and side loads. They have a quick release hook fitting and a visual warning when unlocked
Folding struts. These are struts that can fold into a compact shape when not in use. They are used for applications where space is limited or where aesthetics are important. They have an automatic deployment and self-locking mechanism when opened, and they can be made of stainless steel, aluminum, or composite materials
Benefits of Hold Open Rods and Struts. Hold open rods and struts provide many benefits for aircraft operations, such as:
- Reliability: They ensure that the openings stay in place and do not close unexpectedly or accidentally, which could cause damage or injury to people or products.
- Efficiency: They facilitate the loading and unloading of cargo, the maintenance of engines, and the deployment of landing gear, which reduces downtime and improves performance.
- Quality: They are designed and manufactured with high standards of durability, strength, and precision, which ensures their longevity and functionality.