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A sold out exhibit hall, an audience of approximately 1000 engineers, managers, scientists, and operational personnel from the turbine engine community, and three days of technical presentations is what attendees can expect from the 2014 Turbine Engine Technology Symposium (TETS).  The symposium is coming up September 8-11, 2014 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio.  RF System Lab is excited to be exhibiting at TETS for the first time and is looking forward to connecting with engine and aircraft manufacturers, military professionals, and industry leaders.

The event website provides an insight into what to expect from this year’s TETS Symposium.  Some highlights include Maj Gen Thomas Masiello, AFRL Commander and Gen Janet Wolfenbarger, AFMC Commander.  In addition, the TETS agenda promises segments with titles such as “Importance of Innovation in Adapting to Evolving Weapon System Needs,” “Lockheed Martin Perspective,” and “The Golden Age of Propulsion.”

RF System Lab’s Edward Thomas is one of the exhibitors who will be onsite at this year’s sold-out exhibit hall.  He will be presenting the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at booth #310. Make sure to stop by and try out the VJ-ADV’s joystick controlled 4-way articulation and say hello to Edward Thomas, who is looking forward to showing TETS attendees the best practices for remote visual inspection of turbine engines.

View the 2014 Turbine Engine Technology Symposium website here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Dayton Convention Center during these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 8:30am on Monday, September 8th
Conference Dates: September 8-11, 2014
Venue: Dayton Convention Center

Booth: #310

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll-free at (888) 747-6526.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently released an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) to owners and operators of Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes. The EAD CF-2014-27 issued to correct unsafe conditions on the CL-600-2B16 models, states the following:

“There have been three in-service reports on 604 Variant airplanes of a fractured fastener head on the inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting at Wing Station (WS) 76.50, found during routine maintenance inspection. Investigation revealed that the installation of these fasteners on the inboard flap hinge-box forward fittings at WS 76.50 and WS 127.25, on both wings, does not conform to the engineering drawings. Incorrect installation may result in premature failure of the fasteners attaching the inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting… and consequently the detachment of the flap surface. The loss of a flap could adversely affect the continued safe operation of the airplane.”

The EAD goes on to mandate a “detailed visual inspection of each inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting, on both wings, to determine if the fasteners are correctly oriented and intact and complete rectification as required.” If any fastener is found fractured, the EAD requires owners and operators of the Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes to “replace all forward and aft fasteners at WS 76.50 and 127.25 before further flight and within 24 months, if any incorrectly installed fasteners are found.” In addition, if any incorrectly oriented but intact fasteners are found, and no fractured fastener is found, the EAD requires owners and operators to “repeat the visual inspection… at intervals not to exceed ten flight cycles, until the replacement of all forward and aft fasteners at WS 76.50 and WS 127.25, on both wings have been done.”

We at RF System Lab would like to provide assistance in complying with EAD CF-2014-27. The VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, available in 6.9mm, 3.9mm, and super-slim 2.8mm diameters offers advanced features like 4-way joystick-controlled articulation and hi-res photo, video, and audio recording capabilities. Owners and operators of the Bombardier, Inc Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes will be able to complete and record required visual inspections with ease using the portable, 23oz VJ-ADV.

We understand the urgency of this EAD as well as the importance of keeping downtime to a minimum, which is why we can ship a video borescope to your facility next day if needed. Visit www.rfsystemlab.us for more information on how the VJ-ADV can help you confidently complete visual inspections; or contact one of our borescope experts today at 888-747-6526 to find out more about the VJ-ADV video borescope and their no-cost, no-obligation demo program.

Recently we provided an in depth look into the application of anthropological endoscopy, also known as utilizing video borescopes to internally inspect mummies. RF System Lab is excited discuss a recent study where the VJ-Advance video borescope was used on two journeys to Koke Village in Papua, New Guinea. The first, to restore the body of Moimango, the village elder’s father and help to rekindle the old tradition of smoke by mummification. The second was to check back in on the restored mummy and learn more about the smoke-by mummification process. Another overall goal of Dr. Ron Beckett, the anthropologist completing the inspections, was to learn how the village utilized natural resources to complete their specific method of mummification.

The VJ-Advance video borescope, used to assist Dr. Beckett with his mummy studies.

The VJ-Advance video borescope, used to assist Dr. Beckett with his mummy studies.

Both of these trips were part of a National Geographic segment titled “Lost Mummies of Papua New Guinea” and showcased the ways that modern technology and ‘old ways’ could combine to recreate the skills needed to mummify dead ancestors like Moimango. “Nowadays, Christian missionaries have encouraged the members of Koke Village to look to the new traditions of having bodies burned instead of the old tradition, which is smoking the bodies,” explained Dr. Beckett.  He went on to state that it was “interesting to see the debate of new and old methods while I was there among elders and second generation of young adults and their varying opinions.”

A large part of the “modern technology” used in new traditions was RF System Lab’s VJ-ADV. When we asked how the more traditional members of the Koke Village feel about the video borescope, Dr. Beckett replied: “Oh, they enjoy the technology. The village members want to see it — they understand the world around them is changed, so they’re not surprised that technology is around and are very interested to see what it can and cannot do. When I used the VJ-ADV to inspect Moimongo’s mummified body in Papua New Guinea, I had a second battery-powered screen so that the village members could watch the internal inspection while I concentrated on the borescope’s main screen.”

The VJ-ADV greatly assisted both Dr. Beckett’s and the onlookers from the village’s ability to discover several ailments that Moimango may have had when he was alive. Through internal inspections, Dr. Beckett was able to point out different discoveries to the villagers and hear their reactions. “What was wonderful about that was that when I’d see something, for instance… when I’d take a look at his spine and mention that there wasn’t a lot of arthritis, the villagers would reply ‘oh, no, no he had a very strong back;’ or I’d say something like ‘Oh it looked like he had some disease in his teeth and gums,’ they’d say ‘oh yes, he complained of that.’ It made for a great collaboration – both an exciting and eye-opening time for them and also for me,” said Dr. Beckett.

In addition to helping to engage the members of the village, the VJ-ADV allowed Dr. Beckett to uncover all of the internal characteristics of the mummy and provide a great assessment of the internal context that cannot be seen from outside the body. This is crucial when looking for diseases in bones or other body parts that may affect the integrity of the mummy’s body. For instance, with the VJ-ADV, Dr. Beckett was able to find signs of what looked like emphysema on Moimango’s lungs. “Even in the best mummifications, those will burst or leave a void so you can see the holes or pockets in the mummy where the lungs used to be. It is not that surprising that his lungs were affected since the members of the village are always burning things; there’s always smoke. With the video borescope, look for the state of preservation of internal organs – we would not be able to see that any other way,” stated Dr. Beckett.

While being able to internally inspect a mummy without causing any damage is crucial, one of the biggest benefits that the VJ-ADV offers Dr. Beckett is its portability. The compact, battery-operated scope, which weighs less than two pounds, is a perfect fit for field studies abroad. Dr. Beckett informed us that “The VJ-ADV is so applicable; particularly in field settings. When you work in the field, you don’t have the move the mummy. Moving the mummy leads to the risk of disrupting the internal content, which is just as important as the outside the body. Therefore, we prefer to do work in the field and the VJ-ADV video borescope is just perfect for that. I’ve had my RF System borescope for quite some time and it just hasn’t failed. ”

Using the VJ-ADV and other modern technology in addition to utilizing resources found in the nearby jungle created a very cooperative venture for Dr. Beckett and the members of the village. Opposed to someone coming in, taking over and simply restoring the mummy, Dr. Beckett was able to use feedback and supplies from the villagers to enhance his findings with the VJ-ADV and other tools.

RF System Lab is extremely thankful that Dr. Beckett chose the VJ-ADV video borescope to use during his current and future mummy inspections. We are excited to learn about how he utilizes the VJ-ADV to continue to promote anthropological endoscopy efforts. Whether you are completing field work for mummy studies or inspecting down hole motors, you can learn more about RF System Lab and their no-cost, no-obligation demo program by calling a video borescope expert at (231) 943-1171 or by visiting the RF System Lab website.

Fall trade show season is right around the corner, and RF System Lab has another few months packed full of shows and expos all over the USA (and even one in Canada). Since we are heavily involved in a variety of industries, we try to exhibit at shows that represent as many industries as possible so that we can create connections and stay up to date on all of the industries we serve. Therefore, we would like this blog to act as a preview for the trade shows, conference, expos, symposiums, and annual meetings that we will be attending in the month of September. We would love to meet you if you are in attendance!

Turbine Engine Tech Symposium  - September 8-11, 2014

The Turbo Engine Tech Symposium (TETS) is a biennial forum where the United States’ turbine engine community gathers to review and discuss the latest turbine engine technology advances. Over three days of technical presentations, supported by relevant hardware displays, will underscore the United States’ commitment to advance the state of the art in gas turbine engine technology.

Edward Thomas will be providing demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope to an audience of approximately 1000 engineers, scientists, managers, and operational personnel from the the turbine engine community, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, DARPA, DOE, FAA, engine and aircraft manufacturers, material and component suppliers, and academia. Visit RF System Lab at booth #310.

(Source: TETS Website)

ASNE-FMMS – September 9-10, 2014

The Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS) 2014 is specifically designed to provide valuable information and networking opportunities for those who are involved in maintenance, refit, repair, conversion, modernization, service, and support of naval ships and craft. The theme for FMMS 2014 is “Delivering Readiness in Austere Times.”

Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, will be at FMMS to present the VJ-ADV at booth #F08.  Riling is looking forward to showing the naval maintenance industry how the 4-way articulating VJ-ADV can assist them with their internal inspections.

(Source: ASNE)

US/Canada Border Conference – September 16-17, 2014

US/Canada Border Conference is the only major Conference fully addressing the “Beyond the Border” Declaration between the US and Canada aimed at improving economic competitiveness while advancing border security between the two countries. This conference gives attendees and exhibitors a chance to connect and network with the people responsible for implementing the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and tap into billions of dollars being invested by the US and Canadian governments for equipment, products and services over the next decade!

RF System Lab is proud to be a sponsor for this conference and will have Joel Riling on site to provide information about the VJ-ADV and how the groundbreaking video borescope can assist in border security efforts. Make sure to stop by RF System Lab’s table top display to learn more and say hello to Joel.

(source: Beyond Border)

Canadian Rail Summit – September 21-23, 2014

This year’s RSI/CMA Canadian Rail Summit 2014 is taking place in Montreal, Quebec. With Canadian National being headquartered in Montréal and their President and CEO Claude Mongeau as the keynote speaker, this will be the ideal location for rail suppliers to promote products to Canadian railroads.

The exhibit hall at RSI/CMA 2014 will feature over 120 exhibitors at the Palais des congrés. Expect to see the latest technology in the rail supply industry as new technologies are displayed and opportunities to make new connections are all around. Edward Thomas will be among those exhibitors, onsite to introduce the VJ-ADV to the railway maintenance industry. If you’re in attendance, visit booth #324 to see how the VJ-ADV makes tank car maintenance stress-free.

(Source: Railway Supply Institute)

A4A NDT Forum – September 22-25, 2014

The A4A Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Forum enables NDT professionals and industry leaders to meet each year and discuss current trends, issues and successes in NDT methodologies. The Forum draws participants from various disciplines, including equipment designers, technicians, vendors, regulatory authorities, OEMs, MROs and airline personnel.

The Forum exhibit hall features displays, including the latest NDT and related equipment, processes and services. Borescope expert Jess Kuznicki is representing RF System Lab at this conference and will be hosting a hospitality suite in addition to exhibiting at booth #14. Kuznicki is looking forward to meeting A4A NDT attendees and exhibitors and invites them to connect at his hospitality suite to learn more about the VJ-ADV after Monday and Tuesday’s scheduled programs wrap-up.

(Source: Airlines for America)

Turbo & Pump Symposium – September 23-25, 2014

Built on a history of success, the Pump/Turbo Symposia is an event you can’t afford to miss. This annual event features a world-class technical program combined with an international exhibition complete with full-size equipment and hundreds of leading companies. The Turbomachinery Laboratory sponsors two annual symposia (Turbo and Pump), held in the Fall of each year, to promote professional development, technology transfer, peer networking, and information exchange among industry professionals.

Both symposia feature lectures, tutorials, case studies, discussion groups, and short courses, as well as exhibits of the latest services and full-sized equipment. These international meetings emphasize the technology and troubleshooting that users need in today’s challenging workplace. RF System Lab’s Casey O’Tool will be among those putting emphasis on important technology by providing demos of the VJ-ADV at the symposia exhibit hall. Test out the trigger-controlled image capture and four way articulation for yourself when you stop by booth #1335.

(Source: Turbomachinery/ Pump Symposia)


If you are unable to make it to any of these shows, we hope to see you at one of the other trade shows we are attending. Check out a full list of where you can try out the VJ-ADV on the RF System Lab website. If you would simply like to speak to one of our borescope experts about demoing the VJ-ADV for free at your own facility, sign-up for our no cost, no obligation demo program or call 888-747-6526 for more information.

Recently we told you about the numerous benefits of an Army Aviation Association of America Industry Membership. This time around, we’d like to feature an industry membership that is new to us…so new that we actually just got our membership kit in the mail last week! Today’s blog shares the membership benefits gained by being a part of the National Agricultural Aviation Association.

We are excited to share this blog for a quite a few reasons:

  1. We are new members, and many of the benefits are things that we are just getting to utilize, and others are things that we have to look forward to
  2. Since we are just breaking into this industry, our NAAA membership is one that will help us grow and learn about all of the ways the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist industry professionals
  3. After reading the membership information, the benefits are endless

Because we are so excited to experience all our new NAAA membership offers, we wanted to provide you with an overview of the mission of NAAA as well as a few of the membership benefits we consider to be highlights.

NAAA, the voice of the aerial application industry, supports the interests of small business owners and pilots licensed as professional commercial aerial applicators who use aircraft to enhance food, fiber and bio-fuel production, protect forestry and control health-threatening pests. Some of NAAA’s membership benefits are as follows:

NAAA's logo

NAAA’s logo

NAAA advocates for research and development funding as well as works closely with organizations in Washington DC on behalf of the aerial application industry. Over the last decade, NAAA has procured over $5 million in federal research funds for the testing and development of new aerial application technologies designed to promote efficiency and keep costs down. They also work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress to put a stop to unnecessary regulations.

Important for industry members who want to stay up to date on the latest aerial agriculture news, an NAAA membership includes access to the Agricultural Aviation magazine, the NAAA eNewsletter and the association website, AgAviation.org. In addition, members also receive a reduced rate for exhibiting at the NAAA Annual Convention and Expo, which is one of our favorite features so far! RF System Lab will be exhibiting at this year’s conference, so make sure to come say hello to us at booth #749!

The membership benefit that tops our personal list is the programs NAAA offers to help continually improve safety and professionalism. One of these programs, the Professional Aerial Applications’ Support System (PAASS), was put in place to reduce drift incidents and aviation accidents association with the aerial application of crop protection products. The PAASS program has helped to reduce aerial drift complaints an average of 20 percent per 100,000 hours flown since the program was first put in place.

RF System Lab is proud to be a member of NAAA, and we look forward to taking advantage of all of the benefits offered, especially the ones mentioned above. To read more about the membership benefits or to sign up for a membership yourself, you can visit the NAAA membership benefits page.

For more information about RF System Lab, visit the RF System Lab website or call 888-747-6526.