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MRO Americas 2016

RF System Lab will be exhibiting at the 21st annual MRO Americas Conference & Exhibition, presented by Penton’s Aviation Week, on April 5-7, 2016 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

The Aviation Week MRO Americas Conference & Exhibition will explore the future of aviation and defense maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) through a series of drill-down discussions and networking opportunities. Drawing 10,000 industry and government professionals, the event features the industry’s largest exhibition floor, which showcases 700+ solution providers to communicate actionable solutions, build contacts, and exchange ideas.

Borescope expert Zack Wessels will be representing RF System Lab in the exhibit hall at booth #3927.  He will be offering free demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) articulating video borescope and answering questions about how the joystick-controlled, 4-way articulating VJ-Advance can help aviation professionals confidently complete equipment inspections.  The VJ-Advance’s numerous features can make your job faster and easier for any aviation professional looking to add a high-quality inspection camera to their arsenal; especially the 3.9mm diameter borescope, which is the perfect fit for Pratt & Whitney Engines.

During the event, industry leaders from the airlines and MRO supply chain as well as military professionals will discuss a number of the key dynamics shaping the commercial airline business today. Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of GE Aviation Services, will deliver the event’s opening keynote address.  Scheduled speakers and a complete agenda are available at aviationweek.com.

To learn more about the Aviation Week MRO Americas Conference & Exhibition or to register, visit www.aviationweek.com/events/mro or call or call +1.646.392.7883.  On Twitter, follow @aviationweek, @avweekevents, #MROAM, #MROMIL. To learn more about all Aviation Week events, visit http://www.aviationweek.com/events.

RF System Lab offers the industry’s only no cost, no obligation borescope trial.  The company will send you the VJ-Advance video borescope so that you can use it while completing inspections in your own facility in order to be sure that it suits all of your requirements.  Visit Zack Wessels at booth #3927, or contact RF System Lab today at (231) 943-1171 to arrange to receive your demonstration unit.

More than 27,000 key aviation professionals including current and prospective business aircraft owners, manufacturers, and customers gathered in Las Vegas to attend NBAA’s 2015 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.

The 2015 NBAA convention featured over 1,100 indoor exhibitors including RF System Lab’s Jess Kuznicki and Zack Wessels at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  This event also included nearly 100 business aircraft on display at Henderson Executive Airport and dozens of education sessions.

Jess and Zack had a great experience presenting the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope to new and existing customers in the rapidly growing small business jet engine industry.  Attendees were able to see the easy to use VJ-Advance video borescope in action with hands-on presentations.

There’s no other aviation show that matches this massive event.  It was the strongest edition of the annual show since 2008 with guest speakers including FAA administrator Michael Huerta, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.).  There were even some VIP guests including new business aviation advocate and country musician Dierks Bentley and “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.  The booth was extremely busy and provided a great opportunity to network with extremely qualified customers.

We will see you in Orlando, Florida at the next NBAA – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition: November 1-3, 2016.

If you couldn’t make it to this show but are interested in viewing all of the features of the VJ-Advance video borescope for yourself, contact us about our no-cost, no-obligation, on-site demo program or call us today at 231-943-1171.

Last month, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) was named champion of the college division at the 2015 Aerospace Maintenance Competition. Along with the glory, prizes, and bragging rights that come with that victory, SLCC was also given a VJ-Advance video borescope, compliments of RF System Lab.

We at RF System Lab are strong believers in hands-on education, which is why we are ecstatic that we had the opportunity to donate a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to a deserving school. We had the chance to speak with Jaime Horning, Assistant Professor & AMT Advisor at the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program at SLCC, about their AMT program, SLCC’s approach to hands-on learning, and how the VJ-Advance will impact their curriculum.

SLCC’s Aviation Maintenance Program has been around for approximately 30 years at the current facility, located in West Salt Lake City, Utah.  This phenomenal facility gives students a lot of hands-on, real-world experience, as well as the opportunity to complete the program for their Airframe and Powerplant certificate.  Additionally, many elective courses are available, allowing students to enter the field above entry-level.

A breakdown of SLCC’s program is as follow: Lectures take place in a classroom environment with some minimal hands on such as drafting and wiring.  There are three lab arenas used for several hands-on tasks.  The first arena is for reciprocating engine teardown and overhaul, magneto overhaul and carburetor overhaul along with other required tasks per SLCC’s CFR 147 Curriculum.  The second arena is for composite repair, sheet metal fabrication, and painting.   The third arena is a turbine engine teardown lab.  SLCC also has a hanger that houses various aircraft that the students work on to gain hands-on experience on actual aircraft.

While SLCC currently uses several different types of borescopes to perform turbine engine inspections and reciprocating cylinder inspections in power plant courses, the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope will help to strengthen SLCC’s NDT coursework.

“The VJ-Advance video borescope is, hands down, the easiest borescope to use and the image clarity is remarkable.  It is an asset to be able to take pictures during the inspection and use the images from the flash drive to present during lecture,” explained Jaime Horning.

Horning went on to state that the addition of the VJ-Advance will change the course of SLCC’s AMT program, exposing students to the exact equipment that they will be using in the field.  He added that because AMT students at SLCC will have been trained using equipment like the VJ-Advance, employers will not have to not spend time and resources to train entry level A&P’s on how to use specific equipment; a benefit for both parties.

“The students at Salt Lake Community College Aviation Maintenance program are excited that they have a new tool to use,” Horning stated.  “Especially knowing that they are up to date with current equipment and that when they get out in the world of aviation they are well-prepared due to the equipment they’re exposed to and the quality of instruction they receive at SLCC.”

One of the most attractive features of SLCC’s AMT Program is the emphasis on hands-on learning with current technology.  SLCC understands that hands-on training is a key element to what future AMTs will do in their craft as a professional aircraft mechanic.  The program’s goal is for students to be employable and to excel in their career in the aviation maintenance industry.  That is why, especially with the way the aviation industry is moving to more advanced technology, it is crucial for SLCC’s program to stay up to date with the most current information and technology.

“It is so vital to allow students to practice what they learn in the classroom.  We all take pride in what we do in the world of aviation,” acknowledged Horning.

RF System Lab is excited for the future of SLCC’s aviation maintenance students and is looking forward to learning how the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope to their AMT program helped to impact their professional development.

Schools interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist their aviation programs can visit the RF System Lab website to learn about the no-cost, no-obligation demo program.  For more information about RF System Lab and the articulating VJ-Advance, call one of RF System Lab’s borescope experts at 888-747-6526.

SLCC’s Aviation Maintenance Program has been around for approximately 30 years at the current facility, located in West Salt Lake City, Utah. This phenomenal facility gives students a lot of hands-on, real-world experience, as well as the opportunity to complete the program for their Airframe and Powerplant certificate. Additionally, many elective courses are available, allowing students to enter the field above entry-level.

A breakdown of SLCC’s program is as follows: Lectures take place in a classroom environment with some minimal hand on such as drafting and wiring.  The are three lab arenas used for several hands-on tasks.  The first arena is for Reciprocating engine teardown and overhaul, magneto overhaul, and Carburetor overhaul along with other required tasks per our CFR 147 Curriculum.  The second arena is for composite repair, sheet metal fabrication, and painting.   The third arena is our Turbine engine teardown lab.  SLCC also has a hanger that houses various aircraft that the students work on to gain hands-on experience on actual aircraft.

While SLCC currently uses several different types of borescope equipment to perform turbine engine inspections and reciprocating cylinder inspections in Powerplant courses, the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope will help to strengthen SLCC’s NDT coursework.

“The VJ-Advance video borescope is, hands down, the simplest borescope to use and the clarity is remarkable. It is an asset to be able to take pictures during the inspection and use the images from the flash drive to present during lecture,” explained Jaime Horning.

Horning went on to state that the addition of the VJ-Advance will change the course of SLCC’s AMT program exposing students to the exact equipment that they will be using in the field. He added that because AMT students at SLCC will have been trained using equipment like the VJ-Advance, employers will not have to not spend time and resources to train entry level A&P’s on how to use specific equipment; a huge benefit for both parties.

“The students at Salt Lake Community College Aviation Maintenance program are excited that they have a new tool to use,” Horning stated. “Especially knowing that they are up to date with current equipment and that when they get out in the world of aviation they are top-notch due to the equipment they’re exposed to and the quality of instruction the receive at SLCC.”

One of the most attractive features of SLCC’s AMT Program is the emphasis on hands-on learning with current technology. SLCC understands that hands-on training is a key element to what future AMTs will do in their craft as a professional aircraft mechanic. The program’s goal is for students to be employable and to excel in their career in the aviation maintenance market. That is why, especially with the way the aviation industry is moving to more advanced technology, it is crucial for SLCC’s program to stay up to date with the most current information and technology.

“It is so vital to allow students practice what they learn in the classroom. We all take pride in what we do in the world of aviation,” acknowledged Horning.

We are excited for the future of SLCC’s aviation maintenance students and is looking forward to learning how the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope to their AMT program helped to impact their professional development.

Schools interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist their aviation programs can visit the RF System Lab website to learn about the no-cost, no-obligation demo program. For more information about RF System Lab and the articulating VJ-Advance, call one of our borescope experts at (231) 943-1171.

Early this month, Aviation maintenance professionals took over Portland, OR for the NBAA MMC (Maintenance Management Conference).  The conference brought together high-caliber educational programming, many networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall full of products and services specifically for business aircraft maintenance and support.

RF System Lab‘s Jess Kuznicki, an expert in the topic of borescopes for aviation, showcase the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope in the exhibit hall and was able to meet many extremely qualified individuals; a sign of a great show. In fact, the RF System Lab booth was located right next to West Star Aviation, a current customer.

“NBAA MMC has all of the aviation-industry professionals that you’d ever want to talk to…all under one roof. It’s the perfect show for us,” stated Kuznicki.

This year’s NBAA MMC boasted a high-record attendance, which could be because of the excellent educational sessions offered, in combination with fun, social opportunities. Gulfstream’s Casino-themed social event was a huge hit and a great way to catch up with fellow business-aviation enthusiasts.

RF System Lab will be in attendance at next year’s show. If you missed the chance to visit the RF System Lab booth at the 2015 NBAA MMC, you should still try out the VJ-Advance video borescope at your own facility – free of charge. Sign up for RF System Lab’s no cost, no obligation demo program so that you can try out the VJ-Advance video borescope on your own equipment.

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Regional Airlines Association (RAA) Annual Conference; an exciting milestone for any industry event. RF System Lab is excited to exhibit at RAA’s 40th year on May 11-14 at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.

The event is packed full of networking opportunities, educational meeting tracks, Q&As, keynote speakers, and an exhibit hall featuring airline suppliers, new technological advances, and service providers.

To kick off the conference, RAA is hosting their traditional golf tournament on Monday, May 10th as a way to network and chat with peers in the industry before the conference kicks off on Tuesday. RAA is also throwing a closing night “Journey Back to 1975” themed 40th birthday bash on Wednesday, May 13th at Pickwick & Frolic, called “Cleveland’s most vibrant and electric restaurant and club.”

After he finishes on the golf course, RF System Lab’s Chad Parker is going to be onsite at the conference exhibit hall at booth #210. We will be providing attendees with the latest advances in remote visual inspection (RVI); specifically video borescope technology. The groundbreaking VJ-Advance video borescope will also be one of the impressive products featured in RAA’s “Innovation Hour.” Stop by booth #210 for a demonstration of how the features of the VJ-Advance make RVI of aviation components stress-free. Attendees will also be able to try out the VJ-Advance for themselves and watch a live demo of an internal inspection.

Don’t miss your chance to visit the RF System Lab booth #210 starting on Tuesday, May 12th at 2:00pm for a chance to demo the groundbreaking VJ-ADV.

You can view the 2015 Regional Airlines Association Annual Conference website here.

If you go…
Venue: Cleveland Convention Center
Conference Dates: May 11-14, 2015
Opening Time: Exhibits open 2:00pm on Tuesday, May 12th.
Booth: #210


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