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Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, returned from the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo last week and provided us with a quick recap of his experience. The ALEA Expo took place from July 16-19 at the Phoenix Convention Center located Phoenix, AZ and was geared towards companies and individuals involved with public safety aviation.

Riling, a 26 year retired Navy Pilot, provided demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at the Expo’s event hall, which allowed vendors to showcase their services and products to aviation unit decision-makers. During his time exhibiting, Riling was able to present the VJ-ADV to interested attendees and allow them to demo the video borescope onsite. He also had a chance to connect with a company that already owns a scope and hear about their experience with the articulating VJ-ADV thus far.

There was a great representative of the public safety aviation industry at the ALEA Expo. According to Riling, “ALEA Phoenix was their big show for the year. Federal, State and local Aviation Law Enforcement units from around the country were present. “

If you were unable to test out the VJ-ADV at the ALEA Expo, you can still demo the groundbreaking video borescope at your own facility. Sign up for RF System Lab’s no cost, no obligation demo program by visiting the RF System Lab website or by calling one of our borescope experts at (888) 747-6526.

The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo is coming up on July 16-19 and RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, is looking forward to exhibiting for the first time. The expo, taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center located Phoenix, AZ, promises to set the standard for excellence in the public safety aviation.

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ALEA Expo 2014 Official Logo

The ALEA expo website offers a glimpse into courses offered at the event, which include “Unlocking the Power of your Safety Program” and “Why Flight Simulation?”. Fixed-Wing Operations, Water Survival, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Helicopter Rescue Tactics are only a few of the trainings offered at the expo. In addition, there will be an impressive exhibitor hall onsite, allowing vendors to showcase their services and products to aviation decision-makers.

Joel Riling, a 26 year, retired Navy Pilot, will be onsite at the conference to present the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope. When asked about the expo, Riling replied “This conference will be an excellent fit for the VJ-ADV. I am looking forward to meeting with public safety pilots, tactical flight officers and technicians to show them our affordable high-quality video borescope. Many public safety aviation professionals have already realized significant savings and are currently using the VJ-Advance for their inspections.”

The VJ-ADV is used in a variety of inspection scenarios, including turbine and airframe. The groundbreaking video borescope offers a combination of high-end optics, portability, and features unique to the world of remote visual inspection, which makes it an ideal choice for the military aviation industry. You can see for yourself how inspections with the VJ-ADV are accurate and efficient by testing it out firsthand at the ALEA Expo.

Don’t miss your chance to meet Joel Riling at the RF System Lab booth #715 starting on Wednesday, July 16th for a chance to demo the VJ-ADV video borescope.

You can view the ALEA Expo website here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Phoenix Convention Center during these dates and times:
Opening Time: Exhibits open 5:00pm on Wed, July 16th
Conference Dates: July 16-18, 2014
Venue: Phoenix Convention Center
Booth: #715

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still demo the VJ-ADV for free at your own facility! For more information, call us toll free at (888) 747-6526

When you think of impactful industries in Michigan, your mind probably automatically goes straight to automobiles. But think back to World War II, when a factory employed 42,000 workers, a third of those women (Rosie the Riveter ring a bell?), to build B-24 bombers. According to Save the Bomber Plant, The Willow Run Bomber plant produced new bombers at a rate of one airplane every hour at its peak. Some even refer to the plant as the “birthplace of modern manufacturing” because of the way it improved upon manufacturing to take things beyond the assembly line.

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A “Rosie the Riveter” working in the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Image via Save the Bomber Plant.

The Willow Run Bomber Plant is clearly an important chapter in American History; one that Michigan can be proud of. It brought on social change, had a big hand in our ability to win the war, and sparked growth in the southeastern Michigan region that continues on even today. However, despite its impactful history, the Willow Run Bomber plant is not likely to find a buyer to keep it intact.

Because of this, the “Save the Bomber Plant” campaign was created to use the majority of the plant as a museum to tell the story of what Willow Run accomplished and to create a permanent location for the Yankee Air museum. In addition, a smaller critical portion of the plant will be preserved and maintained.

In order to accomplish the $8 million campaign goal, the Michigan Aerospace Foundation must raise $5 million in additional funding. If you’re interested in helping to preserve a piece of history, specifically the eastern end of the plant, donate on the Save the Bomber Plant website.

In January RF System Lab announced the arrival of the 2.8mm VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope.  Now, we would like to provide an update regarding the different industries that are utilizing the super slim 2.8mm VJ-ADV, as well as detail what makes this video borescope such a necessity in those industries.

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The super-slim 2.8mm insertion tube.

The 2.8mm has all the same features as the original 6.9mm VJ-ADV, including four-way joystick-controlled camera articulation, medical grade camera technology, and trigger activated image capture.  However, as indicated by the name, the 2.8mm VJ-ADV offers a much slimmer insertion tube diameter, allowing inspection of much tighter spaces.

Our borescope experts gave the inside scoop on which industries are finding the 2.8mm to be the perfect fit.

The aerospace industry’s use of the 2.8mm VJ-ADV to complete casting inspections was an application noted in several instances.  Internal Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection is crucial, especially for integral parts such as the small cord oil passageways in the casting that surround the turbine engine. The 2.8mm video borescope is ideal for casting inspection because of its slender size and smaller bending radius, allowing it to easily navigate through tight corners and small tubing to detect corrosion or FOD.

The small casting passageways are extremely expensive to replace. Because of this, companies in the Aviation and Aerospace industry use borescopes like the 2.8mm VJ-ADV to perform preventive avionics maintenance to ensure that the welding is fully sealed and that there are no ruptures or leakage in the joints of the casting.  Conducting an inspection, prior to installing the casting, instills confidence that future inspections are passed and that the integrity of all parts that make up the casting is upheld.

Another notable industry in which to 2.8mm has been popular is 3D printing and other electronic inspections.  3D printers are becoming standard in many industries, and making sure the 3D printer you are using to create parts is in full working order, as well as inspecting the finished printed parts, is a must.  The 2.8mm seamlessly fits through small openings and guides effortlessly through compact inner workings of electronics and the products they create.  Uses of the VJ-ADV within the electronic industry have included solder paste inspections, circuit board inspections and different methods of preventative maintenance.

In addition to those industries, the 2.8mm VJ-ADV has been used for inspections that fall into the “Other” category. These “Other” inspections range from inspecting the inside of golf club heads to looking inside 300 year old violins.

The versatile 2.8mm articulating video borescope has become a top-seller in the industries above and in many others that require a sub-4mm borescope such as oil and gas, chemical processing and manufacturing.  But don’t just take our word for it.  Please contact us directly to try the 2.8mm VJ-ADV for yourself.  To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the new 2.8mm video borescope in your facility doing your inspections, before you decide to buy.  Contact RF System Lab today by visiting our website or call us toll free at (888) 747-6526, and see what you’ve been missing.

Last February, Borescope Expert Jess Kuznicki presented the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at the Great Lakes Aviation Conference & Expo in Lansing, Michigan. While exhibiting, he had the opportunity to meet numerous aviation maintenance professionals. One encounter, however, stood out above the rest: students from MIAT College of Technology noticed RF System Lab’s booth and checked out the scope. Jess struck up a conversation with the students and realized that this was a golden opportunity to get our scope in the hands of students. After speaking with their supervisor, MIAT’s National Director of Business Relations Amy Kienast, about RF System Lab’s no-cost, no-obligation demo program, the demo agreement was signed and a 3.9mm VJ-ADV was sent to MIAT. The aviation maintenance students provided RF System Lab with great feedback about their experience using the VJ-ADV in their hanger at MIAT.

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MIAT Instructors and students inspect the turbine.

MIAT College of Technology, located in Canton, Michigan, offers a variety of degree programs. The students that demoed the VJ-ADV video borescope were working towards their Aviation Maintenance Technology Associates Degree. Through this program, the students learn the advanced precision skills necessary to become FAA Certificated Airframe and Power Plant Technicians. A few of the precision technical skills MIAT graduates master during training include gear systems and operation, composite structure fabrication, avionics and advanced electrical systems, and high performance piston and turbine engines.

The high performance turbine engines were what the students were most excited to perform inspections on with the VJ-ADV. However, they were going to have to wait a few days. When the scope first arrived at the MIAT campus, Amy Kienast was on the verge of heading out of town for a week, so she told the students that she was going to lock the VJ-ADV in her office until she was back to supervise. The students, after begging her to reconsider and then realizing that was not getting them very far, offered a compromise.

“They were so eager to demo the scope that they settled for pouring over the instruction manual as a compromise. They wanted to know the VJ-ADV inside and out – the students studied that instruction manual from top to bottom before they eventually had the video borescope in their hands. They really wanted to know every aspect they could,” explained Kienast.

Students at MIAT use the VJ-ADV to inspect a turbine engine

Students at MIAT use the VJ-ADV to inspect a turbine engine

Once Kienast was back in the office, the students immediately got to work utilizing the VJ-ADV for performing inspections on the combustor of their Pratt & Whitney JT9 turbine engine; as well as an APU Honeywell for a 747. The borescope was used on the Pratt & Whitney JT9 to inspect the fuel nozzles in the combustor, the cooling passages, and the nozzle that guides the hot gas underneath the turbine blades. With the VJ-ADV, MIAT students were able to see where the nozzle had started stress rupturing from too much heat, causing some cracks to propagate from that area onto the combustion. When inspecting the APU Honeywell, students inserted the VJ-ADV directly into the combustor, which allowed them to easily observe the engine’s internal conditions.

Joe Zugschwert, the instructor leading the remote visual inspections, said that “compared to the older borescope we normally use, the definition and video display on the VJ-ADV is extremely impressive. Another major upgrade that the VJ-ADV offered is that there is much more maneuverability when you are able to hold the borescope with just one hand. That benefit left our other hand free to use the controls to select options for camera and video capture, as well as gave us the flexibility of use our free hand to easily guide the insertion tube into the entry points, an important feature to have.”

Zugschwert also mentioned that with video borescopes they’ve used the in the past, classified as “snap-on videoscopes,” the fiber optics are a lot larger, so it’s much harder to get into tighter spots. The VJ-ADV works well for getting into small spots, and the screen is large enough to clearly view the area being inspected.

Additional reactions provided by students Jason Carpenter, Aaron Foster, and Charles Birewirth were as follows:

- The quality and definition of the camera was exceptional in observing the fuel nozzles and turbine nozzles with their multiple cooling holes.”

- The clarity of the screen combined with the ease of thumb controlled brightness adjustments was extremely beneficial in finding a large stress crack in the cooling ring.

- Dust built up was discovered on the lens; however, the cleaning kit accompanying the borescope worked very well.

The student’s wrapped up their review of the VJ-ADV by stating: “Thank you for the use of this wonderful unit as it is a perfect tool for aviation inspections.”

RF System Lab is glad that they were able to provide the students of MIAT’s aviation program a chance to demo a high-end articulating video borescope. RF System Lab is a supporter of continued education and a believer in the importance of providing students with the same tools that they will be utilizing in their future careers such as the VJ-ADV video borescope. Enhancing hands-on experiences like the ones offered at MIAT’s aviation program is extremely important to the future of the aviation maintenance industry.

If you would like to learn more about RF System Lab’s no-cost, no-obligation demo program, visit the RF System Lab website or contact one of our sales consultants at 888-747-6526.

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