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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

During our time exhibiting at SOFIC 2014, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, had the opportunity to speak with Bob of Tactical Tech TV about the VJ-Advance video borescope. Above is the footage of the segment, which mainly focuses on the VJ-Advance for military applications. Enjoy!

If you’d like to take advantage of the free demo program mentioned in the video, you can sign-up for your no-cost, no-obligation demo right here.

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.

Willow Run Bomber plant, Rosie the Riveter

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.

Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, along with colleagues Eddie Griffiths and Leland Browning, returned from IABTI (International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators) New Technology Exposition and Exhibitor Show in Reno earlier this month. The event was extremely well attended by bomb technicians and EOD technicians from around the world, who showed great interest in RF System Lab’s VJ-Advance Video Borescope.

Riling reported, “Military EOD, Federal, State and local units were impressed by the portability, ease of use and image quality of the VJ-Advance.”

There were many memorable experiences including training sessions, an open exhibit hall, and the Annual ITC banquet, but one that stands above those in Riling’s mind is both a rare and exciting occurrence: an on-site borescope sale. The Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates three airports—Boston Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport, became a new customer at the event, selecting the nonconductive version of the 6.9mm/1.5m VJ-Advance video borescope.

If you were 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, or to learn more about our free demo unit, call us toll free at (231) 943-1171.

Raven’s Challenge: Not Your Average Competition

Raven’s Challenge: A joint DOD/Federal and international Bomb Squad/EOD training competition where teams participate in hyper-realistic bomb scenarios.

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Raven’s Challenge competitors get ready for the competition.

Specifically, the North West Region Raven’s Challenge is a five day event held in Elma, Washington attended by bomb squads and military EOD personnel from several states, agencies and Canada. The 8th annual challenge, sponsored by ATF, is designed to exercise and build realistic regional inter-agency capability to respond with explosive threats and evaluate military cohesive team work and law enforcement.

According to ATF, scenarios include the detonation of a bomb on a bus with a secondary device, a Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) near a transportation node, a booby trap device in a sealed container, IED’s on critical infrastructure targets, and many more. ATF also states that the challenge runs at the same times as three other events in Huntsville, Washington DC, and Phoenix. All of the live events from the multiple challenges are sent directly to DC so that the FBI command center  can analyze the data and create the “big picture” for post-challenge investigation of a national terrorist assault.

Royal Canadian Navy -Bomb Disposal - borescope

Bomb Disposal equipment from the Royal Canadian Navy

RF System Lab is honored and excited to have received an invitation to participate in this challenge. The VJ-Advance articulating video borescope is being used for challenges by the Seattle Bomb Squad to assist in their efforts investigating and defeating IED threats. Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, is currently observing the action at the event.

Interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist with Military EOD scenarios? Check out the RF System Lab website or call 888-787-6526 for additional information.