Aircraft Radio and Electrical Equipment by Howard Morgan


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This is a high quality facsimile of Aircraft Radio and Electrical Equipment by Howard K. Morgan, originally published in 1939.

There are many people connected with aviation who would like to know more about electricity and radio. This book is written especially for them and deals with electricity from the very beginning with only one prerequisite: that they are mechanically minded. Most of the classic explanations of electricity have been abandoned and instead, hydraulic analogies have been used to a great extent that ever before in explanation of electrical and radio phenomena. Every bit of the material is of practical importance in everyday use.

Questions appear at the end of each chapter which are of material assistance to those desiring to master the fundamentals of radio and electricity by studying this book alone. Answers appear in an appendix at the end of the book.

While the basic principles of the automobile and aeronautic motor are identical, there are very many constructional differences that require individual treatment, and a book dealing exclusively with automobile engines is not in the least of value as a reference work on aeroplane engines. The working conditions of the two engines are entirely different, in fact the requirements of the aeronautic engine more nearly approach those of the marine engine that an automobile engine. The question of weight has again divided aeronautic engines into various sub classes which have no equivalent in either marine or automobile service, the radial and rotary types being prominent examples.

The Author has endeavored to take up the construction and design of the engine in the simplest possible manner, and where necessary for a full understanding of the matter, has used elementary mathematics that can be easily understood by the layman. Nothing has been sacrificed, even from a theoretical standpoint by this simple treatment, and the reader will be enabled to make calculations for power and mean effective pressure without difficulty.

Both American and European engines are covered in detail. Diagrams, illustrations, and line drawings accompany every example for ease of understanding.

  1. Hydraulic Analogies
  2. Power Conversion
  3. Condensers and Coils
  4. Accessory Equipment
  5. Tubes and Amplifiers
  6. Transmitter Fundamentals
  7. Commercial Aircraft transmitters
  8. Receiver Fundamentals
  9. Commercial Aircraft Receivers
  10. Radio Waves and Static
  11. Direction Finding
  12. Ultra High Frequency Equipment
  13. Inspection and Maintenance


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