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RF System Lab would like to announce new clients from the month of March.  The newest owners of the VJ-Advance video borescope (VJ-ADV) come from multiple industries, including automotive, aviation, and oil & gas.

One of our newest customers in the aviation industry is Island Helicopters.  This Hawaiian rotorcraft company offers both a Kauai Grand Tour and an exclusive Jurassic Falls (made famous by the Jurassic Park movies) tour.  Because their helicopters must make multiple trips each day with civilians on board, they must ensure that all parts are in top-notch condition.  The need for quality checks done with complete confidence is why Island Helicopters chose the VJ-ADV as their inspection tool.  With its lightweight portability and easy-to-use joystick-controlled articulation, the VJ-ADV was an obvious choice for making sure passengers are safe on their scenic tours.

Another VJ-Advance video borescope user is ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly traded international oil & gas company.  ExxonMobil was searching for a video borescope that was portable and easy to use for compressor inspections.  The hand-held VJ-ADV, weighing less than 2lbs, met all of the company’s requirements.  The VJ-ADV’s ergonomic pistol-grip design makes it the ideal tool for companies that value stress-free and efficient internal inspections.

RF System Lab acquired another aviation customer in March: AeroMaritime.  AeroMaritime is a Rolls-Royce Authorized Maintenance Repair & Overhaul Center.  The company also performs Pratt & Whitney PW200 series field service, making the VJ-ADV an excellent tool for their inspection needs.  The four-way articulating 3.9 VJ-ADV fits seamlessly with Pratt & Whitney guide tube, which greatly assists with MRO inspections.

We are proud to have Harley Davidson, a major American motorcycle company, as a new customer in the automotive industry.  Harley Davidson is utilizing the VJ-ADV for engine inspections.  More specifically, the motorcycle company is troubleshooting problems by filming injectors while engines are running in different start-up conditions.  The VJ-ADV’s 360 articulation, slim insertion tube diameters, and on-board video recording capabilities – offered at an affordable price point – were big factors in the purchasing decision.

We at RF System Lab would like to thank these new clients, as well as many additional clients not listed here.  Companies interested in demoing the VJ-Advance video borescope can sign up for our no-cost, no-obligation demo program.  For more information on RF System Lab, please visit our company website or call 888-747-6526 to speak with one of our borescope experts.

Heli-Expo 2015 took place in sunny Orlando, Florida last week. The event, which ran March 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center, brought rotorcraft experts from around the globe to enjoy technical sessions, an awards dinner, and a packed exhibit hall.

Casey O’Tool and Jess Kuznicki, RF System Lab Sales Consultants, were onsite presenting the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope at booth #2518. O’Tool remarked that the exhibit hall traffic never slowed down and that this year;s turnout was, as expected, fantastic. O’Tool and Kuznicki were able to meet many new potential customers as well as say hello to a few familiar faces.  Metro Aviation and Hillsborough Aviation were just a few of the current VJ-Advance customers to stop by the booth.

O’Tool and Kuznicki also had the chance to attend the HAI Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner as guests of Finnegan, the largest patent, copyright, and trademark law firm in the world. They had a great time mingling with other attendees and were grateful for a delicious meal and top notch entertainment.

RF System Lab is looking forward to seeing what Heli-Expo 2016 has in store! If you did not get the chance to visit the RF System Lab booth to test out the VJ-Advance video borescope, take a look at the other trade shows we’re attending this year!

Earlier this week, the Traverse City Ticker – an essential local news source to Northern Michigan residents – had a top story worth sharing with aviation enthusiasts. Naturally, we were excited and wanted to share the details on the RF System Lab blog.

According to the Ticker, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum will host an exhibit commemorating secret naval training and testing that occurred in Northern Michigan during WWII. Lake Michigan was chosen because it was the only U.S.-landlocked body of water large enough to accommodate the ships.

From 1942 to 1945 the USS Wolverine and the USS Sable, aircraft carriers converted from passenger ships, were stationed in Lake Michigan. They were used for secret training of sailors and pilots to avoid spies from Japan that were placed in the Pacific.

The Ticker was able to speak with Amanda Wetzel, assistant lighthouse director, about her efforts to bring this exhibit to Traverse City.  As stated in the original article “Last October, Wetzel began talking to veterans who served on and locals who remember seeing the ships. Since then, she says she’s ‘uncovered a lot of the story that didn’t receive the press it deserved, that there was an aircraft carrier stationed here in Grand Traverse Bay in the 1940s.’”

In addition to the secret ships, the U.S. Navy also tested top secret equipment, which included technology similar to current day unmanned aerial vehicles; which were guided by rotary style phones as they took off from the local Cherry Capital Airport.

During WWII, Navy personnel were frequently seen in Traverse City, but training and testing were hardly ever topics overheard in everyday conversation. “The belief was loose lips sink ships,” says Wetzel. “You didn’t talk about it. They truly believed spies were everywhere.” Wetzel told the Ticker that more than 17,000 men were trained on the carriers.

Attractions at the exhibit will include documents, photos and various artifacts of the era, as well as remarks by former President George H. Bush, who trained on the Sable. There will also be a gala honoring past and present navy and coast guard personnel at the Park Place Hotel.

To view the original article about this exciting event coming to our hometown, visit the Traverse City Ticker.

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