What is the difference between aircraft cable and wire rope?

Aircraft cable and wire rope are both strong and flexible, but they differ in terms of construction. Aircraft cable is made up of multiple strands of galvanized steel wires that are twisted together to form a single strand. The strands are arranged in a single parallel line and are held together by a coating of lubricant. Aircraft cable is primarily used for light-duty applications such as cargo tie-downs, rigging, and other applications that require flexibility.


Wire rope, on the other hand, is made up of multiple strands of wires that are twisted together to form a multiple-strand structure. The strands are arranged in a helix and are held together by a core (usually made of fiber or steel). Wire rope is stronger and more durable than aircraft cable and is typically used for heavier-duty applications such as hoisting, lifting, and towing.

What gauge is aircraft cable?

Aircraft cable is typically available in 7×19 and 1×19 constructions, with sizes ranging from 1/16″ to 1/2″.

What is the voltage rating of aircraft wire?

The voltage rating of aircraft wire varies depending on the application. Common ratings include 600V, 1000V, and 2000V.

How long can an aircraft wire be?

The length of an aircraft wire depends on the application, the type of aircraft, and the type of wire. Generally, the length of an aircraft wire should not exceed 50 feet for a single length of wire, and should not exceed 15 feet for any single span between two connections. Aircraft cable should be installed in such a way that the wire is adequately supported and protected from any sources of damage. In addition, aircraft cable should be installed using the correct type of wire, the correct gauge of wire, and the correct type of insulation.

Global Xpress in Ontario provides aircraft cable solutions that are reliable and of high quality. Our cables are designed and engineered for aircraft, providing aircraft with the strength, flexibility, and dependability needed to ensure a safe and successful flight. Global Xpress also offers custom solutions and engineering services to meet customer needs. We offer a wide range of aircraft cables, including cable assemblies, control cables, high-temperature cables, and wiring harnesses.

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