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Oracle Aerospace Q & A

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Please take a look at what we offer, we have been serving the Aerospace industry both commercially and in the defence markets for many years.

Here are our Q and A’s.

What we do

Oracle are an Independent distributor and supply parts as needed against Contracts, B.O.M’s, AOG’s and general purchasing requirements. Quality is the forefront of everything we do and we are ISO9001 and AS9120 certified.


What are Napcabs?

006Flight delayed? Need to work on that presentation or just need some privacy, peace, and quiet?  Well if you’re stuck at Munich airport you’ve got a new option from a German company called Napcabs GmbH.  They manufacture air-conditioned 4 metre long cubicles where you can seek sanctuary, access the net or just take a well-needed nap away from the bustle of the departure lounge.  Launched in 2013, these cubicles afford the weary traveller a space to unwind and get on with their work in spaces typically wasted in airports.  The company provides and installs the nap cab's for free and then shares the revenue they generate with the host airport.  They cost $18 an hour with a minimum fee of two hours.  You can if you choose to dim the lights and take that nap in their comfy beds safe in the knowledge you won’t oversleep and miss your flight as they even include an alarm clock!

Whilst they are currently only available at Munich airport they are proving to be a hit with business flyers and the company hope to expand their availability across other airports in Germany and if they continue to be popular with other international airports in the coming years.





Where's my Jet-Pack?

004Okay - when you were a kid the future was all flying cars, holographic tv, holidays on the moon, dinner was a pill, we all had robot butlers and jet-packs - well it didn't quite turn out like that, did it?

Sure there have been attempts to make a flying car, but honestly, they look more like folded-up planes than a car, Glasses-free 3D screens? They do exist but the technology still has a long long way to go with fixed viewing angles and convergence issues, people cannot go on holiday to the moon (but for a cool 20 million dollars you can hitch a ride on a Russian rocket), dinner in pill form? I'm glad that one never took off - I like my nutrition to be like, well, food and robot butlers? hardly, the closest thing to that is a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner - it will not make you a cup of tea nor will it iron your clothes.

So the Jetpack then? I remember seeing one at the start of the 1984 Olympics, boy did I want one of those babies - but I remember at the time that it only had fuel for something daft like 30 seconds so it wasn't really of practical use, fast forward to today - can I buy a jet-pack? No - not yet - but it won't be long if a New Zealand inventor has his way; meet Glenn Martin founder of the Martin Aircraft Company - he's been trying to build a consumer jet-pack for 30 years, his latest prototype the P12 has just been given approval for manned testing - but using a remote control and dummy to simulate the anticipated load it has already be demonstrated to reach over 5000 feet and can fly for over 30 minutes.


Gravity Ocean Circulation Explorer


On 17th of March 2009, the European space agency launched the Gravity Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite on a mission to map out in fine resolution the earth’s gravity field and to also map the Geoid characteristics of the earth to within less than 2cm precision.

The satellite has an extremely low orbit and in a break from tradition is aerodynamically designed to reduce its drag on the upper reaches of the atmosphere.

The first set of results were publicly revealed at the 2010 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting and showed a much more detailed map than had been previously available.

The first Earth global gravity model based on GOCE data was presented at ESA’s Living Planet Symposium, in June 2010.

GOCE’s mission was initially expected to last 20 months as this was the amount of time the Xenon fuel for the satellites British made ion propulsion drive was estimated to last.  However, due to low solar activity, the drag on the satellite by the atmosphere was lower than anticipated meaning that the estimated lifetime of the satellite was extended by an additional 18 months with absolute best case estimations saying it may last till the start of 2014.


How to successfully handle an AOG situation

001Aircraft on Ground, or simply referred to as AOG, is an aviation maintenance term which means that there is a serious aircraft problem that prevents it from flying.  As a result, there would be an immediate need to get replacement parts in order to get the aircraft back into service.  Aside from aviation parts and materials that are urgently required to immediately restore the functionality of the aircraft, AOG also refers to spare parts and materials for OTS or “out of service” aircraft's at a location. That has an urgent need to be back in the air earning its operators revenue.

To mitigate an AOG status, materials and even personnel that are not readily available on site would have to be delivered by land, air, or sea to where the grounded aircraft is located. There is skilled and highly trained AOG personnel who would know how to address these issues as they coordinate with the appropriate maintenance operations department so that parts and materials are procured at the soonest possible time, either through local engineering support or support flew out a base.

To effectively tackle an AOG situation, you cannot afford to be unorganised as this can only worsen the situation. It pays to be methodical and to have quality partners that you can rely on. Here are several ways to positively tackle any AOG situation.


Foreign Object Debris (FOD)



Here at Oracle Aerospace we share the concerns of the aerospace industry on the subject of Foreign Object Debris or FOD as it is more commonly referred to,  we know that anything on or around an aircraft which shouldn’t be there is at best an annoyance and in a worst case scenario could contribute to a serious life threatening accident.