400Hz Ground Power Assembly with Hard Nose®


400Hz Ground Power Assembly

Skyko Hard Nose® Connector

The Skyko International 400Hz plug with its Hard Nose® connector exhibits a number of special features.

The most apparent one is the Comfort Grip™.

The front part of the plug complies with the MIL specification on the required distance from the face but immediately behind, the conical shape enables an easy grasping the plug. This unique feature reduces the risk of pulling from the cables when removing the plug from the aircraft.

The second feature is the Hard Nose® connector, which has two functions:

Skyko 1677 Series 400Hz Ground Power Assembly Plus1. Being made of a specially formulated material that exhibits outstanding resistance to abrasion, yes shock resilient, it offers a life extension to the cable assembly by enabling a quick replacement when worn out.

2. Thanks to its specially dimensioned front part, it enables the full engagement of the plug into the receptacle mounted on an Airbus aircraft. The face of the plug will make contact with the face of the receptacle, enabling the pins and sockets to mate on their full lengths.

Other features specific to the Skyko International 400Hz plug are less apparent but nonetheless very important.

These include a strain relief design close to the cable exit area that dramatically reduces the consequences of mishandling the cable assembly.

Another feature is the way the mould is designed to manage the stress incurred by the rubber during the moulding process and the cooling phase.

Finally and critically important is the fact that the Skyko International 400Hz plug has a total length that complies with the original MIL Specification design requirement.

To the contrary of the widespread deviance seen on the market in the recent years, there is no addition of supposedly replaceable contacts or replacement nose of whatever colour. All these added “features” have extended dramatically the total length of plugs that have a negative impact on the copper pins of the aircraft receptacle. The increase weight of these “innovations” further aggravate the damage and lead to premature replacement of the on‐board receptacle which is a costly operation for the airline.