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With the Aerospace Maintenance Competition quickly approaching, RF System Lab is gearing up to prepare for our first year of sponsorship for this skill-based competition. We’ve talked to many of the schools competing, who are looking forward to have a chance at winning the VJ-Advance video borescope, and have connected with fellow sponsors to spread awareness about AMC.

ARSA logo

ARSA logo

One sponsor we’d like to highlight is the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). The ARSA is a repeat sponsor of AMC and are an extremely important part of the Aviation Maintenance industry. We at RF System Lab are proud to be sponsoring AMC along with such an influential and integral association.

The ARSA produced an informational and interesting video, developed as part of the Leading Edge video series. The video was distributed to public TV stations in all 50 states and is hosted by former football coach and sports broadcaster Jimmy Johnson. This seven minute video gives a great inside look at the men and women who keep the skies safe.

You can view the video on the AVMRO website.

We look forward to co-sponsoring the Aerospace Maintenance Competition with ARSA and all the other sponsors on-board. Make sure you stop by and check out this skills competition during MRO Americas – April 14-16, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL.

The only thing better than getting to visit Florida in April is getting to visit Florida with approximately 1,000 leaders in the aviation maintenance industry. Next Monday, April 21st is the first day of the premier event for aviation maintenance professionals: the 2014 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference.

The NBAA Maintenance Management Logo

The NBAA Maintenance Management Logo

According to the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference website, ” The 2014 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference in Tampa, FL brings together high-caliber educational programming, networking to provide relationships that last throughout your career, and a dynamic exhibit hall specializing in product and service providers for business aircraft maintenance, service and support.”

Although the conference is not open to attendees until Tuesday, the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference kicks off with a Pre-conference Golf Classic Tournament on Monday, April 21st. Other events and networking opportunities at the conference include informative speaker sessions, a Wednesday night reception at Splitsville bowling alley, and an impressive exhibitor hall with around 200 aviation-related booths (a number that has drastically increased over the last few years).

RF System Lab is showcasing the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope at the conference. After attending in the past, RF System Lab sales consultant Edward Thomas explained that this is a conference where VJ-ADV is a must-see. Thomas stated: “This is an excellent opportunity to speak with Directors of Maintenance to hear what issues they are currently facing, and discuss how the VJ-ADV Video Borescope may be used to help solve those problems.”

The VJ-ADV is the ideal tool for aviation maintenance professionals. The full, four-way articulation is joystick-controlled and responds perfectly to operator inputs. With the ergonomic layout and pistol-grip design, all the key functions – photo capture, video recording, LED brightness – are easily accessed with one hand, leaving your other hand free to hold the insertion tube. The high resolution, flip up monitor is bright and easy to see, and the crisp image quality delivered by the camera is second to none. Whether you are an aircraft owner, maintenance technician or flight department manager, you should stop by booth #405  to test the VJ-ADV and meet with Edward Thomas to see how this high-quality video borescope can work for you.

Edward Thomas is looking forward to networking with professionals in the industry. Visit him and demo the ground-breaking VJ-ADV at booth #405  starting at 12:00pm on Tuesday, April 22nd at the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference.

You can view the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference Website here.

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

Opening Time: Exhibits open 12:00pm on Tuesday, April 22nd
Conference Dates: April 22-24, 2014
Venue: Tampa Convention Center

Booth: #405

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 (231) 943-1171

MRO Americas is a show that RF System Lab has enjoyed attending for the past three years. The 2014 show, coming up April 8-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, will be the second year in a row that RF System Lab’s flagship product, the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, will have been exhibited at this mega-show.

MRO Americas 2014 provides a variety of compelling reasons to attend or exhibit at the show. The event website provides “Top 5 Reasons to Attend”. These include a keynote delivered by Peggy Gilligan of the FAA, the chance to network with over 750 Solution Providers, Additive Manufacturing – a thought-provoking session described as “helping to create stronger, lighter, cheaper and more environmentally responsible aerospace parts,” and the opportunity to grow professionally with industry specific tracks. Also, make sure not to miss a panel of top airline experts who will discuss what they desire from fixed wing service and equipment providers.

MRO Americas 2013 Casey O'Tool

Casey O’Tool using the VJ-Advance to inspect a CFM 56 High Bypass Turbofan Aviation Turbine, commonly found on Boeing 737 airplane at last year’s MRO Americas show.

Sales Consultant, Casey O’Tool, will be representing RF System Lab at MRO Americas for the second year. When asked about attending this year’s show, O’Tool commented: “I was given the opportunity to attend the show two years ago, which is when I knew that this was a show where RF System Lab should exhibit. After getting a chance to do so last year, I can confidently say that I cannot wait to be back as RF System Lab’s on-site representative and VJ-Advance video borescope expert at this year’s show. It’s an impressive event that gives us the opportunity to network and provide demonstrations for a large audience who have much interest in our product.”

MRO Americas, a show that focuses on the aviation maintenance industry, is a perfect fit for the VJ-Advance video borescope. With four-way articulation and an easy to use joystick control, the VJ-Advance video borescope allows fixed wing mechanics and inspectors to have an incredibly easy task when performing remote visual inspections of aircraft engines. The clarity and size of the LCD display provide a sharp, clear picture throughout the entire inspection process. The ability to do still image captures and videos makes further examination, documentation, and assessments stress-free.

Remote visual inspection (RVI) anywhere within an aircraft maintenance facility, or on a flight line, is not a problem with the VJ-Advance video borescope because it is battery powered, completely portable, and lightweight.  You can visit booth #2935 at the Phoenix Convention Center starting on April 8th at 1:00pm and have Casey O’Tool provide expert information about the VJ-Advance video borescope; try it out on-site and experience the ease of use yourself.

To learn more about MRO Americas, view their event information here.

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

Opening Time: Exhibits open 1:00pm on April 8th, 2014
Conference Dates: April 8-10, 2014
Venue: Phoenix Convention Center

Booth: #2935

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 (231) 943-1171

Jess Kuznicki, Borescope Expert, took a flight across the country from September 22-25, 2014 for the Airlines for American NDT Forum (A4A NDT Forum) in San Francisco, CA. Jess has attended this show on behalf of RF System Lab for multiple years, but this was his first time hosting a hospitality suite at the event.

NDT aviation professionals who were exhibiting and attending the show had a chance to network, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and test out the VJ-Advance video borescope in the RF System Lab hospitality suite on both Monday and Tuesday night. Jess reported that he always has an excellent time at this show and that he was glad to have the chance to host the suite. “I was able to connect with attendees that I may have missed during exhibit hours in a much more relaxed setting.”

A4A NDT Forum

A4A NDT Forum LogA N

Another benefit of the A4A NDT Forum is getting face time with current customers. Jess had the chance to catch up with representatives from companies that previously purchased the VJ-Advance video borescope, such as Southwest Airlines and FedEx.

The A4A NDT Forum was a memorable experience – even the views from the venue were spectacular! RF System Lab is looking forward to attending this event again in the future.

If you were not in attendance at the A4A NDT Forum and therefore did not get a chance to test out the VJ-ADV, you can still try one out at your own facility! RF System Lab offers a no cost, no demo program, which you can sign up for right here. To find out more about the free borescope demo or to chat with a borescope expert, you can call the RF System Lab office at (231) 943-1171 or visit the RF System Lab website.

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.

MIAT, turbine, RF System Lab

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.