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Zack Wessels, RF System Lab Sales Consultant, recently returned from the National Agricultural Aviation Association Annual Convention (NAAA 2014). RF System Lab exhibited at a number of aviation tradeshows in 2014, but NAAA was a turning point for us. NAAA 2014 marked the introduction of the VJ-Advance video borescope to the agricultural aviation industry.

NAAA 2014 took place in Louisville, KY from December 8-10, 2014 and is recognized as the world’s largest tradeshow for agricultural aviation. Zack Wessels was on site in the exhibit hall presenting the VJ-Advance video borescope to conference attendees. Zack was extremely impressed with how well-run the show was and that the exhibition hall layout was beneficial for everyone that bought a booth. “It was great to see a show where there really were not any ‘bad booth positions’,” said Wessels.

The VJ-Advance video borescope was a hit with agricultural aviation professionals of all kinds. Whether attendees were maintaining turbine or recip engines, they were all impressed with the advanced technology provided by the VJ-Advance. In fact, Curless Flying Service took a VJ-Advance home with them straight from the show to demo at their own facility.

NAAA 2014 was an excellent experience, and RF System Lab is looking forward to working with agricultural aviation professionals on their maintenance and quality control needs. If you would like to find out more about how you can demo the VJ-Advance video borescope for free, visit the RF System Lab website or call a borescope expert at 888-747-6526.

The VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope was exhibited at Aviation Pros LIVE in Las Vegas, Nevada last month. Notable conference features included stimulating keynote speakers and an international maintenance “skills” competition.

Borescope Expert Edward Thomas and associate Michelle show off the VJ-Advance video borescope at Aviation Pros LIVE 2014

Borescope expert Edward Thomas and associate Michelle show off the VJ-Advance video borescope at Aviation Pros LIVE 2014.

Edward Thomas, RF System Lab borescope expert who was on site at this year’s event, said that the maintenance “skills” competition was unquestionably an entertaining component to the conference. The competition features teams of five to seven mechanics, many of whom are students in aviation maintenance schools, who are scored on time and efficiency in a variety of categories related to aviation repair and maintenance.

Thomas met many interesting attendees while showcasing and providing demos of the VJ-ADV at Aviation Pros LIVE. One encounter that he recalled was chatting with Ron Wilcox, a representative from NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Research Flight Center. Ron informed Thomas about the Flight Center and the impressive DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory aircraft. According to NASA’s website, “the unique flying laboratory collects data for experiments in support of scientific projects serving the world’s scientific community.” The plane has modified window ports to mount instruments and probes in their place and is fully operationally.

The DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory Aircraft is an excellent example of a plane that could benefit from the VJ-ADV. Because the plane boards in Chile, if there are every any maintenance issues, their maintenance team is flown in…which costs around $10,000-12,000 for each instance. By instead utilizing the lightweight, portable VJ-ADV to handle remote visual inspection needs, they could save a massive amount of time and money. The battery-operated VJ-ADV could be easily stored right on board the aircraft, enabling the crew to utilize the video borescope from virtually any location.

If you were unable to test drive the VJ-ADV video borescope at Aviation Pros LIVE, we would like to offer you a free trial. To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) line of video borescopes in your facility doing your inspections, before you decide to buy.

For more information about RF System Lab and the VJ-ADV video borescope call us at (231) 943-1171 or visit or website www.rfsystemlab.us.


The temperatures in Traverse City are still bone-chilling, but “spring” is upon us… and that means that tradeshow season is upon us. RF System Lab will be traveling all over the country (and even to Canada) during the months of April and May. The next opportunity to demo the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope is GLOBALCON 2014, presented by the Association of Energy Engineers. Globalcon 2014 will be taking place April 9-10 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

The Globalcon 2014 Event Logo

The Globalcon 2014 Event Logo

According to the event website, this show is “designed specifically to facilitate those seeking to expand their knowledge of fast-moving developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and cost-conscious project implementation strategies.” After visiting the site and learning about the opportunities that will be offered at Globalcon 2014, I second the statement above; there are definitely some thought-provoking sessions offered at this year’s show.

Some of these sessions include informative speeches, interesting workshops and a multitude of learning tracks emphasizing four areas of leading edge technology and services: Energy Management, Renewables, Alternative Energy and Onsite Generation, Lighting Efficiency, and Plant and Facilities Management. If you’re looking for a way to network while incorporating a little fun, there is a New Technologies Breakfast, the Northeast Green showcase, and tours of the Marina Thermal Facility and the Inlet District Energy Center at Revel.

RF System Lab is looking forward to network and exhibit at Globalcon 2014. Edward Thomas, who will be the sales consultant onsite at the show, noted “This show provides me with a great opportunity to catch up with previous customers such as Dresser-Rand, Honeywell, Capstone, Solar Turbines and Siemans. That, combined with the information that I will be able to obtain at some of the free workshops offered as well as the New Technologies Breakfast, make this conference one that I would not want to miss.” Thomas will be onsite at the show to provide demonstrations and answer any questions about the VJ-ADV. He is excited to show attendees how the VJ-ADV is an essential asset to any power generation facility. Plant and facility management is handled in an efficient and precise manner with the VJ-ADV’s compact and portable design, four way, joystick controlled articulation, image and video capture capability, and outstanding optics and image quality.

RF System lab is looking forward to meeting decision makers from the industry who are seeking affordable, high quality inspection tools. Stop by booth #434 and meet Edward Thomas, sales consultant from RF System Lab starting Monday, April 10th and test the ground breaking VJ-ADV Video borescope yourself.

To learn more about GLOBALCON 2014, view their event information here. If you’re interested in attending the event, GLOBALCON 2014 is offering free expo passes – take advantage of that wonderful opportunity by going right here.

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

Opening Time: Exhibits open 10:00am on Wednesday, April 9th
Conference Dates: April 9-10, 2014
Venue: Atlantic City Convention Center

Booth: #434

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

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.

During our time exhibiting at SOFIC 2014, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, Joel Riling, had the opportunity to speak with Bob of Tactical Tech TV about the VJ-Advance video borescope. Above is the footage of the segment, which mainly focuses on the VJ-Advance for military applications. Enjoy!

If you’d like to take advantage of the free demo program mentioned in the video, you can sign-up for your no-cost, no-obligation demo right here.