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RF System Lab had a memorable experience exhibiting at the NBAA Annual Conference for the third year in a row. Borescope expert and seasoned RF System Lab sales consultant Jess Kuznicki recently returned from the show, which took place in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. The NBAA Annual Conference is the fourth largest tradeshow in the USA, so there was plenty to see and experience.

Despite the gigantic tradeshow hall, Jess was able to reconnect with many current customers and the RF System Lab booth was a popular stop. Many of the companies and individuals who came by to check out the versatile VJ-Advance video borescope informed Jess that the RF System Lab booth was on their “must-see” list. Visitors were impressed with the joy-stick controlled, four-way articulating insertion tubes, which come in a variety of sizes: 2.8mm, 3.9mm, and 6.9mm. One of the most popular insertion tube diameters for turbine inspections, a popular application in the aviation industry, is the 3.9mm diameter VJ-Advance. This insertion tube diameter fits perfectly in Pratt & Whitney guide tubes, making PT6 engine inspections stress-free.

When he was not connecting with current and potential customers at the RF System Lab booth, Jess enjoyed getting to listen in on speeches and presentations by industry leaders and had a great time networking at a social event at the Yard House.

Many attendees had the chance to test the VJ-Advance at NBAA, but even if you were not in attendance 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 888-747-6526 or visit the RF System Lab website.

 

NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition was recently named the fourth largest trade show in the USA. On October 21-23, this year’s NBAA is going to be taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The event, also known for being the world’s largest and most important business aviation event, will draw over 25,000 aviation professionals and feature over 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in the industry.

RF System Lab will be among the 1,000 plus exhibitors, presenting their impressive line of VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) joystick-controlled, four-way articulating video borescopes. The VJ-ADV, with insertion tube diameters of 2.8mm, 3.9mm, or 6.9mm is the ideal tool for remote visual inspection needs in the aviation industry. Whether aviation professionals specialize in inspecting turbines, recips, airframes or avionics, a high-quality, portable video borescope like the VJ-ADV is an excellent investment.

Borescope expert Jess Kuznicki will be representing RF System Lab at booth #4525 and will be providing free demos of the VJ-ADV. Jess will also be available to answer questions about how the battery-operated, 23oz VJ-ADV video borescope is a crucial addition to any aviation professional’s toolkit.

You can visit the NBAA website right here.

Learn more about the VJ-Advance video borescope:
Exhibit Hall Opens: October 21, 2014 at 10:00am
Conference Dates: October 21-23, 2014
Venue: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
RF System Lab Booth #: 4525

We look forward to meeting with industry decision makers and providing a chance to test the VJ-Advance. If you are unable to attend the symposium 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.”

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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.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently released an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) to owners and operators of Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes. The EAD CF-2014-27 issued to correct unsafe conditions on the CL-600-2B16 models, states the following:

“There have been three in-service reports on 604 Variant airplanes of a fractured fastener head on the inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting at Wing Station (WS) 76.50, found during routine maintenance inspection. Investigation revealed that the installation of these fasteners on the inboard flap hinge-box forward fittings at WS 76.50 and WS 127.25, on both wings, does not conform to the engineering drawings. Incorrect installation may result in premature failure of the fasteners attaching the inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting… and consequently the detachment of the flap surface. The loss of a flap could adversely affect the continued safe operation of the airplane.”

The EAD goes on to mandate a “detailed visual inspection of each inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting, on both wings, to determine if the fasteners are correctly oriented and intact and complete rectification as required.” If any fastener is found fractured, the EAD requires owners and operators of the Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes to “replace all forward and aft fasteners at WS 76.50 and 127.25 before further flight and within 24 months, if any incorrectly installed fasteners are found.” In addition, if any incorrectly oriented but intact fasteners are found, and no fractured fastener is found, the EAD requires owners and operators to “repeat the visual inspection… at intervals not to exceed ten flight cycles, until the replacement of all forward and aft fasteners at WS 76.50 and WS 127.25, on both wings have been done.”

We at RF System Lab would like to provide assistance in complying with EAD CF-2014-27. The VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, available in 6.9mm, 3.9mm, and super-slim 2.8mm diameters offers advanced features like 4-way joystick-controlled articulation and hi-res photo, video, and audio recording capabilities. Owners and operators of the Bombardier, Inc Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes will be able to complete and record required visual inspections with ease using the portable, 23oz VJ-ADV.

We understand the urgency of this EAD as well as the importance of keeping downtime to a minimum, which is why we can ship a video borescope to your facility next day if needed. Visit www.rfsystemlab.us for more information on how the VJ-ADV can help you confidently complete visual inspections; or contact one of our borescope experts today at 888-747-6526 to find out more about the VJ-ADV video borescope and their no-cost, no-obligation demo program.

Fall trade show season is right around the corner, and RF System Lab has another few months packed full of shows and expos all over the USA (and even one in Canada). Since we are heavily involved in a variety of industries, we try to exhibit at shows that represent as many industries as possible so that we can create connections and stay up to date on all of the industries we serve. Therefore, we would like this blog to act as a preview for the trade shows, conference, expos, symposiums, and annual meetings that we will be attending in the month of September. We would love to meet you if you are in attendance!

Turbine Engine Tech Symposium  - September 8-11, 2014

The Turbo Engine Tech Symposium (TETS) is a biennial forum where the United States’ turbine engine community gathers to review and discuss the latest turbine engine technology advances. Over three days of technical presentations, supported by relevant hardware displays, will underscore the United States’ commitment to advance the state of the art in gas turbine engine technology.

Edward Thomas will be providing demos of the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope to an audience of approximately 1000 engineers, scientists, managers, and operational personnel from the the turbine engine community, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, DARPA, DOE, FAA, engine and aircraft manufacturers, material and component suppliers, and academia. Visit RF System Lab at booth #310.

(Source: TETS Website)

ASNE-FMMS – September 9-10, 2014

The Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS) 2014 is specifically designed to provide valuable information and networking opportunities for those who are involved in maintenance, refit, repair, conversion, modernization, service, and support of naval ships and craft. The theme for FMMS 2014 is “Delivering Readiness in Austere Times.”

Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, will be at FMMS to present the VJ-ADV at booth #F08.  Riling is looking forward to showing the naval maintenance industry how the 4-way articulating VJ-ADV can assist them with their internal inspections.

(Source: ASNE)

US/Canada Border Conference – September 16-17, 2014

US/Canada Border Conference is the only major Conference fully addressing the “Beyond the Border” Declaration between the US and Canada aimed at improving economic competitiveness while advancing border security between the two countries. This conference gives attendees and exhibitors a chance to connect and network with the people responsible for implementing the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and tap into billions of dollars being invested by the US and Canadian governments for equipment, products and services over the next decade!

RF System Lab is proud to be a sponsor for this conference and will have Joel Riling on site to provide information about the VJ-ADV and how the groundbreaking video borescope can assist in border security efforts. Make sure to stop by RF System Lab’s table top display to learn more and say hello to Joel.

(source: Beyond Border)

Canadian Rail Summit – September 21-23, 2014

This year’s RSI/CMA Canadian Rail Summit 2014 is taking place in Montreal, Quebec. With Canadian National being headquartered in Montréal and their President and CEO Claude Mongeau as the keynote speaker, this will be the ideal location for rail suppliers to promote products to Canadian railroads.

The exhibit hall at RSI/CMA 2014 will feature over 120 exhibitors at the Palais des congrés. Expect to see the latest technology in the rail supply industry as new technologies are displayed and opportunities to make new connections are all around. Edward Thomas will be among those exhibitors, onsite to introduce the VJ-ADV to the railway maintenance industry. If you’re in attendance, visit booth #324 to see how the VJ-ADV makes tank car maintenance stress-free.

(Source: Railway Supply Institute)

A4A NDT Forum – September 22-25, 2014

The A4A Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Forum enables NDT professionals and industry leaders to meet each year and discuss current trends, issues and successes in NDT methodologies. The Forum draws participants from various disciplines, including equipment designers, technicians, vendors, regulatory authorities, OEMs, MROs and airline personnel.

The Forum exhibit hall features displays, including the latest NDT and related equipment, processes and services. Borescope expert Jess Kuznicki is representing RF System Lab at this conference and will be hosting a hospitality suite in addition to exhibiting at booth #14. Kuznicki is looking forward to meeting A4A NDT attendees and exhibitors and invites them to connect at his hospitality suite to learn more about the VJ-ADV after Monday and Tuesday’s scheduled programs wrap-up.

(Source: Airlines for America)

Turbo & Pump Symposium – September 23-25, 2014

Built on a history of success, the Pump/Turbo Symposia is an event you can’t afford to miss. This annual event features a world-class technical program combined with an international exhibition complete with full-size equipment and hundreds of leading companies. The Turbomachinery Laboratory sponsors two annual symposia (Turbo and Pump), held in the Fall of each year, to promote professional development, technology transfer, peer networking, and information exchange among industry professionals.

Both symposia feature lectures, tutorials, case studies, discussion groups, and short courses, as well as exhibits of the latest services and full-sized equipment. These international meetings emphasize the technology and troubleshooting that users need in today’s challenging workplace. RF System Lab’s Casey O’Tool will be among those putting emphasis on important technology by providing demos of the VJ-ADV at the symposia exhibit hall. Test out the trigger-controlled image capture and four way articulation for yourself when you stop by booth #1335.

(Source: Turbomachinery/ Pump Symposia)

 

If you are unable to make it to any of these shows, we hope to see you at one of the other trade shows we are attending. Check out a full list of where you can try out the VJ-ADV on the RF System Lab website. If you would simply like to speak to one of our borescope experts about demoing the VJ-ADV for free at your own facility, sign-up for our no cost, no obligation demo program or call 888-747-6526 for more information.