Connectors • Aircraft Connectors
A piece of hardware that attaches components within an aircraft, or between an aircraft and another piece of equipment, allowing for certain functions to be carried out (e.g., replenishment, heat transferal). Manufacturers make many types of aircraft connectors, including hermetic and harsh environment types, subminiature units, and more.Aircraft connectors are produced in many shapes, sizes, and materials. Common shapes are cylindrical and rectangular, and common materials include aluminum, stainless steel, and lightweight composites. Connectors are generally divided those for commercial airlines and others for military aviation.Leading manufacturers: Tyco Electronics, Amphenol, Cavotec and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
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Amphenol designs and manufactures military and commercial aircraft connectors including 38999, miniature 26482, RJ field, PCB, hermetic and harsh environment, fiber optic, cylindrical, fieldbus and rectangular connectors. Products are available in aluminum, stainless steel and light-weight constructions. The company also offers special products for large commercial aircraft including portable maintenance access terminal and gatelink interconnects. Amphenol's products are used for Eurofighter, Rafale, Falcon 7 X, A400M, F35, A380 and 787 applications. The three series of 38999 are intended for the most stringent military and aerospace applications.