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The 2015 MRO Americas, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL on April 14-16, will host the Annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC).  AMC is a skill-based competition where teams of certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, international and domestic Armed Forces personnel involved in aircraft/spacecraft maintenance, and students enrolled in either FAA, EASA, CASA, or equivalently authorized schools will compete to show off their aerospace maintenance skills.

Teams of five are divided into competition categories of Commercial Aviation, General Aviation, Space, School, Military, and MRO/OEM. They then compete in a timed competition against other teams in their category by testing their knowledge and skills in 16 scheduled events that highlight the principles of the AMT and AME craft and profession.

RF System Lab is proud to be a sponsor of AMC 2015. In addition to their sponsorship, we are donating a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the School category. Out of the 42 teams competing in this year’s AMC, five of those teams are made up of students working to obtain certification through aviation schools.

We are excited to be able to provide the winning students an opportunity to enhance their studies with the VJ-Advance. At RF System Lab, we understand the importance of hands-on learning and experience with tools regularly used in the aviation maintenance industry; which is why the video borescope company is thrilled to be able to provide the winning school with a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope.

Borescope expert Zack Wessels will be onsite at the competition to provide information about the VJ-Advance to interested parties. We will also have VJ-Advance video borescope demos available at booth #2943 in the MRO Americas Exhibit Hall.

More information about the Aerospace Maintenance Competition can be found at the event website. More information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance video borescope can be found at www.rfsystemlab.us or by calling 855-787-3091.

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.